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.
Important Phone Number Changes9/18/2018
The State Office of Homeland Security recently went through a phone system upgrade resulting in some of the office phone numbers being changed. The new numbers for each section are listed below. Please note that some numbers have not changed. Administrator: (808) 369-3526 Statewide Interoperability Coordinator: (808) 369-3523 Grant Management Office: (808) 369-3524 Hawaii State…Read More about Important Phone Number Changes
INTERFACE HAWAII – Cyber Security Education and Pathways to Cyber Security Careers Presentation9/17/2018
This week’s INTERFACE Hawaii Conference includes a presentation entitled “Cyber Security Education and Pathways to Cyber Security Careers” which is scheduled for this Thursday, September 20, 2018 9am-10am at the Sheraton Waikiki. This and other cyber-related presentations are offered at this one-day no-cost event. Read More and RegisterRead More about INTERFACE HAWAII – Cyber Security Education and Pathways to Cyber Security Careers Presentation
FBI Launches the Protected Voices Cybersecurity Informational Video Series8/31/2018
The FBI recently launched the Protected Voices webpage to mitigate the risk of cyber influence operations targeting U.S. elections through a series of informative cybersecurity videos. But even beyond political campaigns, the cybersecurity information contained in these videos—which ranges from protecting passwords to social engineering threats to what to do if you think you’ve been…Read More about FBI Launches the Protected Voices Cybersecurity Informational Video Series
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.