Working to Keep Hawaii Safe
The Office of Homeland Security’s (OHS) primary responsibility is to enhance Hawaii’s security preparedness and resilience in an integrated, synergistic, relevant, proactive, flexible, cost effective, full-spectrum effort across all domains in order to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from attacks, natural disasters and emerging threats.
OHS also has a responsibility to keep the public informed about the latest homeland security news and how it relates to keeping Hawaii safe.
CyberPatriot XIII—‘Iolani Advances to the National Finals2/9/2021
Students from ‘Iolani School’s CyberPatriot competition team qualified as finalists for the National Championship round of CyberPatriot XIII—The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The team is one of 12 finalists for the competition’s Open Division of which over 4,000 teams competed this year. This is the second time ‘Iolani has advanced to the national finals,…Read More about CyberPatriot XIII—‘Iolani Advances to the National Finals
CISA Launches New Ransomware Campaign1/26/2021
Department of Homeland Security – Ransomware is a constantly evolving and increasing threat to both public and private networks. To help defend against and respond to ransomware attacks, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has launched its Reduce the Risk of Ransomware Campaign. The campaign is a focused and sustained effort designed to raise…Read More about CISA Launches New Ransomware Campaign
Data Privacy Day1/25/2021
Sponsored by National Cybersecurity Alliance Tha Annual International Data Privacy Day was established to facilitate discussion and empower citizens and organizations to promote individual privacy. While controlling one’s personal data become difficult as we become more connected, there are actions that can be taken to minimize exposure and regain control of your personal privacy. Here…Read More about Data Privacy Day
Protect. Prevent. Recover.
Safety for the people of Hawaii comes in the form of preparedness. Only by being prepared is Hawaii able to have a sound strategy for combating terrorism and mitigating the effects of critical incidents.
We All Share the Responsibility for Security
The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) consists of alerts and bulletins that communicate current developments regarding threats of terrorism and general terrorism information. NTAS helps Hawaii citizens recognize that we all share responsibility for the nation’s security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and what we should do.
The Guide for Success in Community Preparedness
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is the foundation for how Hawaii OHS achieves its goal and is essential to fulfilling objectives for receiving federal grant money. NIMS guides all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together to mitigate, respond to, and recover from incidents. NIMS provides stakeholders across the whole community with the shared vocabulary, systems, and processes to successfully deliver the capabilities described in the National Preparedness System.
The National Preparedness Goal
The National Preparedness Goal identified five mission areas:
- Prevention. Prevent, avoid or stop an imminent, threatened or actual act of terrorism.
- Protection. Protect our citizens, residents, visitors, and assets against the greatest threats and hazards in a manner that allows our interests, aspirations and way of life to thrive.
- Mitigation. Reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters.
- Response. Respond quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident.
- Recovery. Recover through a focus on the timely restoration, strengthening and revitalization of infrastructure, housing and a sustainable economy, as well as the health, social, cultural, historic and environmental fabric of communities affected by a catastrophic incident.
The mission areas are used to group FEMA‘s 32 core capabilities, which are the distinct critical elements needed to achieve the goal.