The National Homeland Security Consortium is a forum for public and private sector disciplines to coalesce efforts and perspectives about how best to protect America in the 21st century. The consortium consists of 21 national organizations that represent local, state, and private professionals. The consortium represents the array of professions that deliver the daily services vital to the safety and security of the United States. The consortium represents the first and secondary responders as well as those who will provide the sustained effort necessary to respond to any major emergency, including leadership and direction by elected and appointed officials.
The NHSC is an example of expanded local, state, and private coordination needed by growing national demands. The consortium's members recognize that people in the United States live in large population centers that have complex, overlapping, and interrelated governmental and political structures. At the same time, rural and less populated regions of the country have citizens who expect and deserve safety and security from any hazard that may threaten their communities. Consequently, state and local government organizations that the NHSC represents have taken the initiative to significantly expand their collaboration in order to respond effectively in a crisis. We know that none of us can be effective attempting to work in isolation.
The consortium provides a neutral forum for organizations to exchange ideas, have candid discussions, and galvanize input to the federal government. The differing perspectives of member organizations do not always provide for unanimity on specifics of implementing national initiatives. Consortium members do not aim for group think but aspire to group understanding. More often than not, however, the members have found easy consensus on the consortium's major goals.
Membership in the NHSC is by invitation only.
For More Information
The National Homeland Security Consortium is currently administered by the National Emergency Management Association, P.O. Box 11910, Lexington, KY 40578. For more information, contact the NEMA office at (859) 244-8233.