Regional Homeland Security Council launches website
The East Tennessee Homeland Security Council (ETHSC) has launched a website to assist in its mission of resource and information sharing among the member agencies within the sixteen county region that it serves.
The ETHSC website allows open access for the public, as well as member only access for emergency service providers. The public access area has information on ways in which the average citizen can protect their family, frequently asked questions (FAQ’s), and links to area health and public safety agencies, along with links to state and federal homeland security sites. The restricted access area, where members will initially need to register and be approved by the site manager, has forums and message boards in which to conduct the business of the ETHSC.
The East Tennessee Homeland Security Council was developed to provide a multi-agency, multi jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary (fire, emergency medical services, law enforcement, EMA) approach to critical incidents with an emphasis on involving local emergency personnel. It includes representatives from a sixteen county region, and exists to promote and enhance planning, cooperation and operational support for agencies involved in protecting homeland security.
The Council currently meets quarterly: the next meeting is scheduled for September 22, 2004, in Loudon County.
The site can be accessed at www.SafeTN.org
For further information, please contact Dwight Van de Vate, Executive Board Chair of the East Tennessee Homeland Security Council at (865) 971-3911.