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Managerial Flexibility Key to Successful Homeland Security Dept
President Bush Friday said Congress needs to give the Executive Branch the managerial flexibility to "get the job done right." full story

President Releases National Strategy for Homeland Security
President Bush today released the first National Strategy for Homeland Security. The purpose of the Strategy is to mobilize and organize our Nation to secure the U.S. homeland from terrorist attacks. full story
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President Bush Thanks Homeland Security Workers
President George W. Bush addressed thousands of federal employees today discussing their importance to the success of our mission to combat terrorism. full story
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Homeland Security Proposal Delivered to Congress
Governor Ridge delivered the President's Homeland Security Department proposal to Congress Tuesday. full story
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Remarks by Governor Tom Ridge Before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
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Budget: Homeland Security Priorities

Homeland Security and the President's Budget Priorities
The President's Budget for 2003 — the Federal government's first post-September 11 budget reflects his absolute commitment to achieving a more secure homeland. The FY 2003 Budget directs $37.7 billion to homeland security, up from $19.5 billion in 2002. This massive infusion of Federal resources reflects the priority the President has attached to the homeland security agenda.

Securing the Homeland Strengthening the Nation Click here for the President's Homeland Security Policy and Budget Priorities.

Budget Priorities
Click below for more information on each of the four budget priorities:

America Responds   Homeland Security Actions   Diplomatic Actions   Military Actions   Financial Actions   Investigative Actions   Humanitarian Actions


Current Nationwide Threat Level: Elevated

For more information on the Homeland Security Advisory System, click here.

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Homeland Security Community Involvement
Homeland Security Contact MapSelect your state or territory to see who your Governor has appointed as your state's homeland security contact.

What Can I Do to Help in My Community?
President George W. Bush is working to support community-based efforts through the newly-proposed Citizen Corps.

Visit to find out how you can serve the cause of freedom.The broad network of volunteer efforts will harness the power of the American people by relying on their individual skills and interests to prepare local communities to effectively prevent and respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, or any kind of disaster.

  • State and Local Actions for Homeland Security

    Homeland Security Facts and Figures

    Local Responder Facts
    There are more than 1 million firefighters in the United States, of which approximately 750,000 are volunteers.

    Local police departments have an estimated 556,000 full-time employees including about 436,000 sworn law enforcement personnel. Sheriff's offices reported about 291,000 full-time employees, including about 186,000 sworn officers.

    There are more than 155,000 emergency medical technicians who are national registered.

    Office: Homeland Security Information

    The Office of Homeland Security Office of Homeland Security
    The Office of Homeland Security is coordinating national strategy to strengthen protections against terrorist threats or attacks in the United States.

    Biography of Governor Tom Ridge
    Office Responsibilities
    Office of Homeland Security Executive Order
    New Counter-Terrorism and Cyberspace Security Positions
    What is the Office of Homeland Security?