(Washington, DC) - The 2010 Annual DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s Annual Report fulfills the reporting requirement of the Homeland Security, Risk Reduction, and Preparedness Amendment Act of 2006, which requires the Director of the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) to submit an annual report on the state of homeland security and emergency management to the Council of the District of Columbia.
HSEMA Director Millicent W. West said, “The 2010 Annual Report recently submitted to the City Council provides a comprehensive view on the current state of overall emergency preparedness in the District of Columbia.” Director West went on to say, “Based on the findings of this report, residents, businesses and visitors of the District of Columbia can rest assured that the District Government, along with its local, business, and federal partners, are continuously working to fortify the District’s emergency preparedness and homeland security capabilities.”
The annual report described among other things, the city’s current level of preparedness, homeland security capabilities, priority initiatives, training sessions, exercises and mutual aid agreements.
A summary of the major findings of this report include:
- The District of Columbia’s strategic priorities are: Interoperability, Mass Casualty Planning, Community Preparedness, Intelligence/Information Sharing, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Hazardous Materials (HazMat), Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Detection & Response, and Planning.
- Community outreach and public education continue to play a critical role in the efforts of HSEMA to prepare and to protect District of Columbia residents, businesses, and visitors. HSEMA’s primary guiding principle is residents first. All homeland security and emergency management efforts are conducted in the best interest of all District of Columbia residents and visitors.
- HSEMA continues to ensure that the city’s first responders and other emergency workers have adequate training in planning, incident command, emergency response, public assistance, damage assessments, and continuity of operations.
In the upcoming year, HSEMA will continue to show progress and provide leadership on innovative preparedness and training projects and demonstrate a thorough coordination of emergency response. Visit hsema.dc.gov to view the complete 2010 Annual Report.