Welcome to the official website of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES). We hope you will find the information here to be a valuable and useful resource, whether you are an emergency manager, first responder, or a member of the public.
Created in 2010, DHSES and its four offices -- Counter Terrorism, Emergency Management, Fire Prevention and Control, and Interoperable and Emergency Communications -- provide leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies.
The women and men of DHSES are dedicated to working closely on a daily basis with all levels of government, the private sector, and volunteer organizations to improve the readiness, response and recovery capabilities of communities throughout the Empire State.
Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's leadership, DHSES has taken great strides in enhancing the State's readiness and response capabilities. From terrorist threats to natural weather disasters, the demands for public health and safety continue to increase as they simultaneously become more complex. As we face these challenges, it is critical that we remain focused on strengthening our partnerships through increased communication and coordination.
The website provides daily awareness of emergency-related events and activities from throughout the State including State Fire alerts and bulletins, weather and travel, and State and national threat levels. It also provides easy access to reporting terrorism tips as part of the State's "See Something, Say Something" campaign and to the State's all-hazards alert and notification system, NY-Alert (www.nyalert.gov).
For the first response community, there is information on federal grants, emergency planning guidance, course offerings and schedules of training and exercise programs. There also is an extensive publications section providing public safety information from each of the offices as well as informational videos and social media links.
Please browse the website and learn more about the DHSES mission. Feel free to send us your comments.
With continued knowledge and awareness, we ensure that our communities remain safe, secure and prepared.
About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
Welcome to the website of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
Created by an act of the State Legislature in July 2010, the Division is comprised of four offices dedicated to the protection of New Yorkers, their property and the State's economic well-being from acts of terrorism and natural and manmade emergencies or disasters. The Division accomplishes this core mission through its offices - Counter Terrorism, Emergency Management, Fire Prevention and Control, and Interoperable & Emergency Communications - who coordinate the response of State agencies in support of local government.
Our website is a roadmap as to what we do and how we do it. It also offers valuable information from our four offices to better protect yourself, your families and your communities. We hope you find it to be a valuable and useful resource.
The women and men of DHSES are dedicated to working closely on a daily basis with all levels of government, the private sector, and volunteer organizations to improve the readiness and response capabilities of communities throughout the Empire State. Thank you for taking the time to visit us. We hope you return often.
DHSES Strategic Plan 2018-2020
New York State is home to more than 19 million residents, countless visitors, and a variety of critical infrastructure and key resources. New York was the site of the 1993 and 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Additionally, there have been over two dozen terrorist plots since 2001 and New York is recognized as the number one terrorist target in the country. In addition to the threat of terrorism, the State regularly experiences a significant occurrence of major fires, floods, storms, and other natural disasters. Cyber-attacks, public health emergencies, and other emerging threats also warrant continued vigilance. As the agency responsible for helping New Yorkers prepare for, respond to, and recover from these various threats and hazards, DHSES must have a well-organized, coordinated, and comprehensive strategic plan.
This plan is intended to help guide and organize DHSES to meet its mission and the associated strategic goals and objectives. Through this plan, every employee should be able to clearly see how their work supports the agency’s mission. In addition to serving as a strategic guidance document, the plan includes information on how the agency is organized and should serve as a valuable resource and reference tool for DHSES staff and other stakeholders.