State Homeland Security Assessment and Strategy Program: Urban Area Jurisdiction Handbook   [open pdf - 14MB]

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) has refined the State Homeland Security Assessment and Strategy (SHSAS) process that was originally established in Fiscal Year (FY) 1999 to assess threats, vulnerabilities, capabilities, and needs related to preparedness for weapons of mass destruction terrorism incidents at the state and local level. The FY 2003 ODP SHSAS process will allow state and local urban area jurisdictions to update their assessment data to reflect post-September 11, 2001, realities, as well as to identify progress on the priorities outlined in their initial homeland security strategies. As identified in the National Strategy for Homeland Security, the challenge in securing the nation from terrorist attacks is 'to develop interconnected and complementary systems that are reinforcing rather than duplicative and that ensure essential requirements are met.'"

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