We support National Homeland Security Association.
The National Homeland Security Association sponsors the National Homeland Security Conference. The Conference is the annual meeting of local Homeland Security and emergency management professionals from the Nation’s largest metropolitan areas. It has become the best attended and most highly anticipated homeland security and emergency management conference of the year as it focuses on all emergency response disciplines at all levels of government.
This conference was originally conceived of as an information sharing opportunity by the Charlotte and Southeast Florida Urban Areas who, along with other UASI programs, recognized a distinct need for an effective information sharing platform among UASI jurisdictions. The first conference was held in Dallas, Texas in 2005 and was supported by the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association. This conference was attended by fire chiefs and UASI administrative professionals, who recognized the need for greater information sharing. Based on this conference, participants concluded that a larger conference was needed to provide similar information sharing across all first responder disciplines from all Urban Areas. The 2007-2013 National Conferences grew exponentially to include all of the designated urban areas and representatives from critical homeland security disciplines. The conference offered panel discussions, “lessons learned” and cutting edge technology demonstrations for attendees.
The 2010 Conference, hosted by the New Orleans UASI, looked to further build upon this strong foundation by including the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS), Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), and Transportation Security Grant Program (TSGP) participants. The inclusion of these programs provided for a greater opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned among the larger homeland security community. The exhibitors’ display area was significantly expanded to provide access to a broad array of homeland security products and services and offered an increased opportunity for attendees to speak with companies that create most up-to-date technology solutions.
The 2011 National UASI and Homeland Security Conference in San Francisco was the largest of our conferences to date and continued our legacy of providing best practices to the Homeland Security community. The 2012 conference expanded to include non-traditional Federal agencies that provide great support to regional and local emergency managers. For the first time ever, we hosted presentations on Defense Support to Civil Authorities, U.S. Northern Command, and other Federal Departments and agencies.
The National Homeland Security Association hosted its 7th annual conference in Los Angeles, California June 4-7, 2013. For the first time, we partnered with the Leadership in Counterterrorism Conference (LinCT) and the Major Cities Chiefs Intelligence Commanders Group Meeting. The theme for 2013 was: “Homeland Security Begins with Hometown Security” The conference provided an opportunity for stakeholders from all areas of homeland security and emergency preparedness to gather together and exchange important information to make our country safer.