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 response agencies, and the citizens of this state to educate and strengthen our capabilities in order to provide a safer environment for everyone.
"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.
The Office of Homeland Security realizes that the residents of Mississippi are an integral part in the protection of the state, and encourage all citizens to be informed, vigilant, and prepared. This web page provides extensive information on what to do if a terrorist act should occur, and what to look for in potentially suspicious scenarios. I recommend that you browse through the available information in order to get a better understanding of how Homeland Security is working to provide leadership necessary to protect the state and what you, as a part of the citizenry, can do to aid in the collective effort."
- J.W. Ledbetter, 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.