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Homeland Security leverages resources within Federal state and local governments coordinating the transition of multiple agencies and programs into a single integrated agency focused on protecting the American people and their homeland More than 87000 different governmental jurisdictions at the federal state and local level have homeland security responsibilities Those agencies making up the Department of Homeland Security are housed in one of four major directorates Border and Transportation Security Emergency Preparedness and Response Science and Technology and Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection The Border and Transportation Security directorate brings the major border security and transportation operations under one roof including US Customs and Border Protection whose top priority is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the United States CBP prevents narcotics agricultural pests and smuggled goods from entering the country and also identifies and arrests those with outstanding criminal warrants The Transportation Security Agency protects the nations transportation systems by ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center FLETC trains agencies in support of homeland security while the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service provides leadership in ensuring the health and care of animals and plants This agency improves agricultural productivity and competitiveness and contributes to the national economy and the public health The Office of Domestic Preparedness GT is a component of the US Department of Homeland Securitys Preparedness Directorate responsible for preparing the nation against terrorism by assisting states local and tribal jurisdictions and regional authorities as they prevent deter and respond to terrorist acts GT provides a broad array of assistance to Americas first responders through funding coordinated training exercises equipment acquisition and technical assistance The Emergency Preparedness and Response directorate oversees domestic disaster preparedness training and coordinates government disaster response It brings together FEMA whos mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts
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