The Department of Homeland Security offers a wide array of free resources to government and private sector partners to enable the Emergency Services Sector mission.
Emergency Services Sector-Specific Agency
Emergency Services Sector Cybersecurity Initiative
The Emergency Services Sector Cybersecurity Initiative is an ongoing effort to enable the Emergency Services Sector (ESS) to better understand and manage cyber risks and to coordinate the sharing of cyber information and tools between subject matter experts (both inside and outside the federal government) and the ESS disciplines.
Emergency Services Sector Continuity Planning Suite
The Emergency Services Sector – Continuity Planning Suite (ESS-CPS) provides a centralized collection of existing guidance, processes, products, tools, and best practices to support the development and maturation of continuity planning for the first responder community. ESS-CPS was created through a partnership of the Emergency Services Sector-Specific Agency (SSA) and Sector Coordinating Council (SCC). First responders can use the ESS-CPS as it suits their organization to evaluate and improve their continuity capability and enhance their preparedness for emergencies.
Emergency Services Sector Information Sharing Initiative
The Emergency Services Sector Information Sharing Initiative is an ongoing effort to improve current and develop new information sharing mechanisms within the ESS and between the federal government and ESS partners. Due to an ever-changing information sharing environment, there is an ongoing need to utilize the most effective and efficient information sharing pathways.
Emergency Services Sector Resilience Development Project
The Emergency Services Sector Resilience Development Project is a suite of existing resources and best practices that are specifically tailored to meet the unique resilience needs of the first responder community.
Emergency Services Sector-Specific Tabletop Exercise Program
The Emergency Services Sector-Specific Tabletop Exercise Program (ES SSTEP) is a tool that allows critical infrastructure partners to develop interactive, discussion-based exercises for their communities of interest at the sector or facility level. The ES SSTEP enables public and private critical infrastructure stakeholders and their public safety partners to exercise information-sharing processes and incident management plans, programs, policies, and procedures to address potential gaps, vulnerabilities, and other pertinent issues.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Considerations for Law Enforcement Action
When law enforcement action needs to be taken against unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones—and their operators, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement personnel need to be aware of several Federal statutes that that can affect their engagement, in addition to being familiar with the technical nature of UAS. Visit the UAS Considerations for Law Enforcement Action webpage to learn more.
Emergency Services Sector Active Shooter Guide and Workshop
The purpose of the Emergency Services Sector Active Shooter Guide is to provide emergency services personnel with the basic building blocks for developing an Active Shooter Program with communities. This guide highlights resources and planning considerations, which will enhance emergency services organizations’ ability to develop or improve community planning and preparedness for active shooter incidents.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security hosts a one-day Active Shooter Workshop to enhance awareness of and response to an active shooter event by educating participants on the history of active shooter events; describing common behavior, conditions, and situations associated with active shooters; and fostering communication between infrastructure owners and operators and local emergency response teams-this includes discussions on interoperability, communications protocols, and best practices for planning, preparedness, and response.
For more information on any of these Emergency Services Sector-Specific Agency resources, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homeland Security Information Network-Emergency Services (HSIN-ES)
The Homeland Security Information Network-Emergency Services (HSIN-ES) is the trusted network for homeland security mission operations to share Sensitive but Unclassified (SBU) information. Federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, international, and private sector homeland security partners use HSIN to:
- Manage operations.
- Analyze data.
- Send alerts and notices.
- Share information they need to do their jobs.
To request access to the HSIN-Emergency Services portal, please send an email to email@example.com with your full name, agency, and position within the agency.
The InterAgency Board (IAB) is a voluntary collaborative panel of emergency preparedness and response practitioners from a wide array of professional disciplines that represent all levels of government and the voluntary sector. The IAB provides a structured forum for the exchange of ideas among operational, technical, and support organizations to improve national preparedness and promote interoperability and compatibility among local, state, tribal and federal response communities. Based on direct field experience, IAB members advocate for and assist the development and implementation of performance criteria, standards, test protocols, and technical, operating, and training requirements for all-hazards incident response equipment with a special emphasis on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) issues. The IAB also reviews and comments on broader emergency preparedness and response policy, doctrine, and practices.
Homeland Security Digital Library
The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation’s premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. The HSDL is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
A little over half of the items in the HSDL Collection are openly searchable and available to the public, with no account or authorization necessary. The remainder of the collection is open to government officials at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, as well as the U.S. military. It is also open to homeland security research or educational institutions, their faculty, and their students.
Office for Bombing Prevention
The Office for Bombing Prevention leads the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to implement the National Policy for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices and enhance the nation’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate the terrorist use of explosives against critical infrastructure, the private sector, and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial entities.
Technical Resource for Incident Prevention (TRIPwire)
Developed and maintained by the Office for Bombing Prevention, the Technical Resource for Incident Prevention (TRIPwire) is the Department’s 24/7 online, secure, collaborative, information-sharing network for bomb squad, law enforcement, and other emergency services personnel to learn about current terrorist improvised explosive device tactics, techniques, and procedures, including design and emplacement considerations.
Office for State and Local Law Enforcement
The Office for State and Local Law Enforcement (OSLLE) provides the Department of Homeland Security with primary coordination, liaison, and advocacy for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies. OSLLE's Law Enforcement Resources provides a comprehensive list of law enforcement training resources to assist state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement in their efforts to keep our communities safe, secure, and resilient.
Protective Security Advisors
Protective Security Advisors are trained critical infrastructure protection and vulnerability mitigation subject matter experts who ensure all Office of Infrastructure Protection critical infrastructure protection programs and services are delivered to state, local, territorial, and tribal stakeholders and private sector owners and operators. Additionally, they conduct specialized site visits and provide information and guidance on critical infrastructure issues.
Science and Technology - First Responders
Through partnerships with first responders and the emergency preparedness and response community, the First Responders Group (FRG) in the Department’s Science and Technology Directorate pursues a better understanding of the response community's needs and requirements, provides technical assistance, and develops innovations to the most pressing challenges faced during day-to-day and large-scale emergencies.
Fusion Centers serve as focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information between the federal government and state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners.