Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) Branch
The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Branch is a multi-disciplined staff working to bring "over-all" APHIS coordination to Emergency Management and Homeland Security initiatives undertaken by Agency program components. The EMHS Branch interfaces with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination as the coordination point for all APHIS information request and correspondence. The ESF #11 Program is housed and managed out of EMHS Branch which also provides coordination and support to the Emergency Management Leadership Council's (EMLC) efforts to prepare for emergencies. This branch carries out the following tasks:
- Provide support to the EMLC's efforts to prepare for emergencies and allocate resources during time of emergency;
- Provide support to the EMLC for intra-agency cooperation and decision making to address emergency management issues;
- Provide support to the EMLC for policy development and setting Agency priorities in emergency management;
- Provide coordinated communication strategy and central automated information systems;
- Carry out internal and, with the close support of APHIS LPA, appropriate intergovernmental and external communications outreach regarding Agency emergency management and homeland security activities; and
- Maintain the Emergency Preparedness and Response Web site.