Kentucky Office of Homeland Security issues 2006 Annual Report
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) recently issued its 2006 Annual Report. The report focuses on the state’s chief homeland security and public safety priorities: voice communications, data communications, infrastructure protection, information sharing, first responder training and exercise and citizen preparedness.
“I am proud of this report and of the accomplishments the state has made in improving public safety over the past year,” said (Ret) Maj. Alecia Webb-Edgington, director of KOHS. “Under Gov. Fletcher’s leadership, we are working with our local, state and federal partners to improve our abilities to prevent crime, protect critical infrastructure and prepare the commonwealth’s communities, First Responders and families for any emergency or disaster.”
The 2006 report also includes information concerning the state’s homeland security grant procedure, a summary list of local and state grant awards distributed in August, and the state Homeland Security Working Group. KRS 39G requires the state Homeland Security office to publish a report of its activities each calendar year.
The following are select highlights from KOHS’s 2006 Annual Report:
- Mutual Aid Project – The Mutual Aid Project, completed this year, provides every responder with the ability to communicate with one another during an incident. The project, a collaborative effort between the Kentucky State Police (KSP), Commonwealth Office of Technology and KOHS, was awarded one of the year’s top honors by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).
- 9-1-1 Enhancements – Kentucky’s 9-1-1 centers this year received a 43.5 percent average increase in funding, more than $1.5 million in homeland security grants and the establishment of a grant pool to help 9-1-1 centers upgrade technology and enhance caller identification capabilities.
- Mobile Data Computers - Wireless data communications have become an essential tool for effective response and successful law enforcement activity. This year, nearly $6.5 million was provided to local communities to install mobile data computers in response vehicles.
- Mobile Data Infrastructure Completion –The project to install the wireless data communications infrastructure, critical to the use of mobile data computers, was completed in 2006.
- Kentucky Community Preparedness Program (KCPP) – A unique initiative designed to strengthen the security of the state’s small and medium-sized communities by locating and eliminating potential vulnerabilities, the KCPP assessed 60 Kentucky communities in 2006. This program is a partnership effort between the KOHS and the Department of Criminal Justice Training.
- Transportation Infrastructure Protection – The transportation infrastructure protection initiative, a collaborative effort between KOHS, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the KSP, is moving forward to improve the safety and reliability of Kentucky’s transportation system and critical infrastructure by installing radiation detectors at weigh stations throughout the state.
- Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center - In an effort to better secure the commonwealth against criminal activity and domestic and international terrorism, federal and state agencies have banded together to create the Kentucky Intelligence Fusion Center to improve intelligence sharing among public safety and public service agencies. The ultimate goal of the Fusion Center is to provide a mechanism where law enforcement, public safety and the private sector can come together with a common purpose to improve the ability to safeguard our homeland and prevent criminal activity.
First Responder Exercise and Training
- First Responder Exercise Program – This year, 10 regional exercises were held challenging First Responders to deal with issues ranging from a chemical spill to a winter ice storm and flooding.
- First Responder Training Program – In 2006, more than 30,000 first responders in Kentucky received some type of homeland security training. Over the past two years, more than 85,000 responders and local officials have participated in homeland security training.
- Citizen Awareness and Outreach Program – In the first nine months of the state’s citizen preparedness program, Avoid the Panic Button: Protect Your Family, more than 2 million Kentuckians have been touched through multimedia advertising and the state’s preparedness Web site, www.ProtectYourFamily.ky.gov.
- Protect Your Business Campaign – KOHS, in partnership with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, hosted a number of Business Preparedness Summits highlighting the need for business continuity plans and promoting the business preparedness Web site, www.ProtectYourBusiness.ky.gov.
The 2006 KOHS Annual Report may be downloaded by clicking here (pdf file, 983KB).
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been charged by Gov. Fletcher to lead the commonwealth's prevention and preparedness efforts to ensure Kentucky’s communities, first responders and families are ready and prepared. For more information about homeland security in Kentucky, please visit www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov.