Welcome from the Director
As Executive Director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Mississippi’s Homeland
Security website. Homeland Security begins with home town security! It is important for the citizens in our communities to recognize when they see something suspicious and report it to their local law enforcement authorities immediately.
This office will continue to work diligently with the emergency resonse agencies, and the citizens of this state to educate and strengthen our capabilities in order to provide a safer environment for everyone.
" Homeland Security begins with home town security! It
is important for the citizens in our communities to recognize when they
see something suspicious and report it to their local law enforcement
- Mark McKee, Executive Director
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.