The definition of homeland security and all that it encompasses has been an ongoing discussion since the events of 9/11. As a homeland security professional it has become clear to me that homeland security is not only a federal obligation, but a local priority as well. All events are local and the government cannot be solely responsible for the preparation, response, and resilience of each individual community. The Village of Mamaroneck is a small jurisdiction approximately 30 miles from New York City. The prime threat this Village has faced is inclement weather and severe flooding due to the multiple floodplains scattered around the 32 square miles that make up the community. However, due to the rising tensions and hardships around the world, it is imperative that the Village of Mamaroneck be prepared to deal with unique situations that may affect the safety and prosperity of our residents.
The following research has been organized into a unified strategic plan for the continuity of operations for Mamaroneck Emergency Medical Services (MEMS). This plan is formatted to better prepare MEMS for unfamiliar situations and enhance our response and resiliency if ever faced with a catastrophic event. Although it is a starting point, this document produces optimism that MEMS will be able to build their operation into a prototype for other EMS agencies in surrounding jurisdictions.
Gagliardi, Samantha M., "Mamaroneck EMS and the Continuity of Operations: Homeland Security on a Local Level" (2012). Master in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals Master's Projects. Paper 4.