Nevada combines offices, simplifies emergency management

Emergency Management Alert, December 1, 2009

The Nevada state government has unified its homeland security and emergency management functions, solving many problems both departments have had in the past, reports the Nevada Appeal.

Officials say that after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, many state governments were pushed by the federal government to create anti-terrorist programs. But Nevada state officials say that many states, like Nevada, had the infrastructure needed already in place. The homeland security director's position has been eliminated, and the responsibilities moved to the state's emergency management director.

Frank Siracusa, longtime director of emergency management, says that the change has virtually eliminated the red tape that was hindering the two agencies from working toward a common goal.

The managerial shift also included ensuring all resources are under the same roof at a state of the art center in Carson City.

Source: Nevada Appeal.

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