The Mission of the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency is to support and coordinate homeland security and emergency management efforts, ensuring that the District of Columbia's all-hazards emergency operations are prepared to protect against, plan for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made hazards.
Agency Management/Office of the Director provides leadership to internal agency operations to perform its oveall mission efficiently and effectively, leads the Mayor's Special Events Task Group, and supports a community engagment program and public information program.
HSEMA has developed a comprehensive, management structure for the administration of grant funds. This structure abides by the guidelines established by the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency's (HSEMA) Operations Division runs the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. The EOC is the city's main operational control and communications facility during an emergency, disaster or special event.
This division ensures that District government workers are trained to respond to disasters, guarantees that District plans can address emergencies, and works to make citizens aware of how to protect themselves in a crisis.
The HSEMA Plans and Preparedness Division prepares plans and performs functions that address emergency management and homeland security.