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Homeland Security in Maine

The Maine Emergency Management Agency is responsible for Homeland Security and terrorism related incidents as well as natural disasters in Maine. In many cases, the planning and preparation for both man-made and natural disasters is the same. MEMA strongly encourages communities and individuals to think about "all hazards" preparedness to be ready for any kind of incident that may occur.

MEMA is a bureau of the Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management. The Commissioner of the Department (who is also the Adjutant General of the Maine National Guard) serves as the Governor's official Homeland Security Advisor (HSA).

MEMA is the State Administering Agency for all Department of Homeland Security programs, and provides administrative services for the Maine Homeland Security Advisory Council.

In that coordinating role, MEMA:

  • Provides technical assistance and grant funding to State agencies and County and Local governments to improve the plans, equipment, training and exercising of Maine's first responders.
  • Coordinates with all levels of government to ensure that Maine citizens are protected by highly prepared, efficient, and effective public safety organizations.
  • Coordinates with the Maine State Police the Maine Intelligence Analysis Center (MIAC), which serves as the Homeland Security intelligence "fusion center" and provides information sharing and links between federal, state, county, local, tribal, and private sector sources.