TheÂ Federal Emergency Management Agency has released the 2016 National Preparedness Report which highlights theÂ Department of Homeland Security‘s efforts to prepareÂ emergency first responders through interagency cooperation.
DHS said MondayÂ that FEMA’s report trackedÂ progress from the last five years in prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery initiatives.
DHS and interagency partners continue to buildÂ on the capacity of National Network of Fusion Centers to facilitateÂ intelligence collection and sharing between fusion center customers, the department noted.
The National Counterterrorism Center, DHS and FBIÂ jointlyÂ sponsored counterterrorism awareness workshops to educateÂ first responders across the U.S.Â on prevention and response strategies againstÂ terrorist attacks, DHS added.
DHSâ counterterrorism efforts include the launch of web-based messaging materials forÂ public awareness as well as the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign which aimsÂ to provide informationÂ on indicators of potential terrorism and crime.
The department has also established the Regional Resiliency Assessment Program to help assess critical infrastructure systems and DHS seeks ways to apply the assessment process to issuesÂ such asÂ climate change, cybersecurity and electromagnetic-pulse preparedness.
DHS worked to engage public and private sector partnersÂ inÂ the 12th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October 2015 whichÂ aimed toÂ increase cyber threat resilience.