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.
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month In Hawaii10/16/2019
HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige has proclaimed October Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Hawaii in recognition of the state’s role in identifying, protecting its citizens from, and responding to cyber threats. The governor also marked the occasion by recognizing the state’s winners in the Girls Go CyberStart national competition, which is a fun, interactive online program…Read More about October is Cyber Security Awareness Month In Hawaii
National Security Agency – Hawaii Cybersecurity Opportunities10/9/2019
The National Security Agency (NSA) announced their Hawaii cybersecurity scholarship/internship programs. While the list released includes many other excellent opportunities nationwide, the following programs are available here in Hawaii: Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (NSA) (application deadline is November 15, 2019) Cooperative Education Program – Hawaii (application deadline is November 15, 2019) Hawaii Technical Summer Intern…Read More about National Security Agency – Hawaii Cybersecurity Opportunities
Get Ready! National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2019 is Quickly Approaching9/26/2019
(NICCS) Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. NCSAM 2019 will emphasize personal accountability and stress the importance of taking…Read More about Get Ready! National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2019 is Quickly Approaching
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.