The Homeland Security Conference focuses on both natural and terrorist disaster management, is the first homeland security conference that brings together public safety professionals from Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C. More than 350 state and local homeland security practitioners attended the Mid-Atlantic region’s first ever forum on homeland security in Baltimore. The two-day regional event took place at the Baltimore Convention Center.
The Homeland Security Conference is the only homeland security conference and exhibition dedicated to ensuring the continued safety and growth of our region. Participants presented an overview of their jurisdiction’s homeland security strategic plan and states will share best practices across a range of pressing homeland security issues including interoperability solutions, federal grants management and infrastructure protection.
Disasters can go beyond regional boundaries, so they demand a regional focus. This forum brings together public safety professionals so they can return to their jobs with new ideas and new information to better protect the American people.
As the largest regional event of its kind, the Homeland Security Conference:
Brought together a critical mass of public and private homeland security stakeholders
Raised awareness of state and local needs, best-practices, and implementation challenges
Created opportunity to establish regional public-private sector partnerships that bridge multi-jurisdictional boundaries and integrate existing resources
Provided a forum for information sharing, policy education, training and development of common procedures and protocols
Showcased the latest technologies and system solutions and promote cooperation and coordination throughout the region
This forum begins a process for research and development and transfer of technology and techniques from the federal level to state and local governments. Getting the right people together, business and homeland security professionals, is the first step. The conference represents a unique opportunity for states and counties to learn what their regional peers are doing in an effort to make everybody’s job easier.