Welcome from the Director
Everett L. (Rusty) Barnes
As Executive Director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Mississippi’s Homeland
Security website. The Office of Homeland Security has the distinct honor and duty of
providing leadership in the protection of the citizens of Mississippi from terrorist attacks, both foreign and domestic. Homeland Security is also responsible for providing timely advice to the Governor and cabinet in order to efficiently and immediately address potential terrorist threats or acts. Additionally, Homeland Security is tasked with providing leadership for preventing, preparing against, mitigating, and recovering from any man-made or natural crisis.
"Together, the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, the emergency response agencies and the people of Mississippi will continue to provide a safe environment and a great place to live."
- Everett L. Barnes, Jr.
What is CERT?
Community Emergency Response Teams or CERT is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program that helps educate citizens about hazards and trains them in lifesaving skills so that they are better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, emergency services can be overwhelmed.
Overview: Citizen Information
In addition to the natural and technological hazards described in this publication, Americans face threats posed by hostile governments or extremist groups. These threats to national security include acts of terrorism and acts of war. The following is general information about national security emergencies.