HSEMA is comprised of seven directorates. Each of these Directorates is elaborated below.
The Operations Directorate provides situational awareness, logistical and resource support and a field command operation to coordinate critical incident response, mitigation and recovery to emergencies, severe weather conditions, disasters and other major events impacting quality of life. On a day-to-day basis, the 24/7 Joint All Hazards Operations Center within the Emergency Operation Center serves as the central hub of communications, processing information from a myriad of sources, analyzing and disseminating it to District, regional, federal partners, businesses and the public to create a common operating picture and to provide relevant and useful information for taking protective actions.
Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center
The Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center (WRTAC) serves as the District’s Fusion Center and provides tactical and strategic intelligence (collection, analysis and dissemination), to support District law enforcement agencies, other first responders, homeland security, emergency management, public health and the private sector. The WRTAC also provides intelligence support to deliberate and crisis planning, works to increase situational awareness and provides real-time threat warning.
The Preparedness Directorate encompasses services including comprehensive planning, training, and exercising and disaster recovery, to promote resiliency in government agencies, our communities, and critical infrastructure. The Directorate utilizes a “whole community” approach to engage key stakeholders in developing plans and processes that support a robust emergency management system. Within Training and Exercise, HSEMA offers training courses, hazard and capabilities-based exercises and plan validations that test and bolster individual and institutional readiness, in accordance with local, District, and national standards, including the National Incident Management System and Incident Command System. The Preparedness Directorate, is also responsible for the District’s Emergency Response System and the administration of post-disaster long-term recovery and mitigation programs to ensure District residents and businesses have sufficient support and resources to recover, rebuild and sustain critical operations in the aftermath of a disaster.
Finance and Administration Directorate
The Finance and Administration Directorate is responsible for the agency’s human resources, financial management and procurement program. Additionally, the Directorate serves as the State Administrative Agent for the federal homeland security grant programs that are awarded to the District of Columbia and also for those grant programs awarded to the National Capital Region, which encompasses neighboring counties in Maryland and Virginia. The Finance and Administration Directorate is responsible for the agency’s human resources, financial management and procurement program.
HSEMA serves as the State Administrative Agent for the federal homeland security grant programs that are awarded to the District of Columbia and also for those grant programs awarded to the National Capital Region, which encompasses neighboring counties in Maryland and Virginia. The Grants Directorate administers these grant programs, which include: the Urban Area Security Initiative, the State Homeland Security Program, the Emergency Management Performance Grant, the Securing the Cities Program, the Nonprofit Security Grant and the Port Security Grant.
The IT/Communications Directorate serves as HSEMA’s technology support service arm for computer systems, radio and telecommunications, closed circuit television, other audiovisual systems and mobile command vehicles. This Directorate coordinates with regional entities to ensure compatibility between the various communications systems in the Washington Metropolitan area, conducts periodic tests of communications networks and equipment to ensure operational readiness and manages telecommunications for the Emergency Operation Center.
External Affairs and Policy Directorate
The External Affairs and Policy Directorate is responsible for the agency’s public information and communications programs, community outreach, and agency policy creation. In conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Communication, the Directorate coordinates city wide communications during an emergency. On a day to day basis, External Affairs and Policy also maintains a strong outreach program designed to educate and equip community residents and businesses to deal with hazards and the potential for disasters.