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Homeland Security

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is dedicated to the preservation of life and property through an integrated system of programs and relationships with partner agencies in the Homeland Security field. As the lead state agency for fire service, the OSFM is a voting member of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF). The ITTF was created in May 2000. The purpose of the Task Force is to further Illinois' disaster preparedness efforts and to specifically address the role in Weapons of Mass Destruction preparedness while providing guidance on homeland security laws, policies, protocol and procedures.

Using an "all hazards" approach to Homeland Security the OSFM ensures its programs are in compliance with the National Incident Management System. Recognizing that threats to the State come in many forms; be it, severe weather, flooding, tornadoes, earthquake, hazardous materials, terrorism, etc; we stand ready to respond as a full member of the State Emergency Operations Center and Unified Command staffs.

For more detailed information on Homeland Security programs, grants, guidance and preparedness please follow the links below.

  • Are You Ready? - A Guide to Citizen Preparedness brings together facts on disaster survival techniques, disaster-specific information, and how to prepare for and respond to both natural and man-made disasters. The guide details opportunities for every citizen to become involved in safeguarding their neighbors and communities through FEMA's Citizen Corps (www.citizencorps.gov) initiative and Community Emergency Response Team training program.

  • Ready Illinois - A website maintained by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency with guides and information about disaster preparedness.

  • United States Fire Administration - News and information website maintained by the United States Fire Administration.