Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues [Updated February 6, 2003] [open pdf - 82KB]
From the Summary: "The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-296) made the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for providing assistance to state and local governments to ensure adequate preparedness for all disasters, including terrorist attacks. Several federal entities with functions relating to state and local preparedness, ranging from entire independent agencies to units of agencies and departments, will be transferred to the new department."
CRS Report for Congress, RL31490