DEMHS: About Us


The Mission of the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is to direct and coordinate all available resources to protect the life and property of the citizens of Connecticut in the event of a disaster or crisis, through a collaborative program of prevention, planning, preparedness, response, recovery, and public education.

Statutory Responsibility

The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is responsible for coordinating with state and local government personnel, agencies, authorities and the private sector to ensure adequate planning, equipment, training and exercise activities by such personnel, agencies, authorities and the private sector with regard to emergency management and homeland security; coordinating, and as may be necessary, consolidating homeland security communications and communications systems of the state government with state and local government personnel, agencies, authorities, the general public and the private sector; distributing and, as may be appropriate, coordinating the distribution of information and security warnings to state and local government personnel, agencies, authorities and the general public; and establishing standards and security protocols for the use of any intelligence information. The Division also has the responsibility for providing a coordinated, integrated program for state-wide emergency management and homeland security. The Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is responsible for providing a coordinated, integrated program for statewide emergency management and homeland security.



Emergency Preparedness is headed by the State Director of Emergency Management and works to coordinate a comprehensive state disaster response to all hazards, integrated across all disciplines and all levels of government.  Emergency Management includes the following units: Operations, Radiological Emergency Preparedness, Communications, and Urban Search and Rescue. 



Strategic Planning and Grant Administration (SPGA) provides strategic and all-hazards planning, program design and development, administration and financial management for programs to enhance Connecticut's prevention, preparedness, response and recovery capabilities. 

SPGA has been instrumental in increasing state, local and regional capabilities through the solicitation and administration of over $215 million in grant funding and disaster assistance since 2005.  DEMHS actively seeks new grant opportunities to expand resources for Connecticut's first responder community.



Training and Exercise sponsors emergency preparedness training, seminars, exercises and conferences to local first responders as defined in Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (i.e., police, fire, emergency management, emergency medical services, public health, public works, private sector , non-governmental and others) that are designed to cover Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.



The Office of Counter Terrorism works to utilize all resources within state government to develop unified safety and security measures to deter, prevent, mitigate and manage criminal and/or terrorist incidents threatening the quality of life of the citizens of Connecticut.

  • Connecticut Intelligence Center Unit (CTIC)- The Connecticut Intelligence Center (CTIC) is the designated state fusion center, which is comprised of state, local and federal partners (Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Department of Correction, CT National Guard, Municipal police, the FBI, US Coast Guard, the Office of the United States Attorney, and the federal Department of Homeland Security). The CTIC serves to collect, analyze and disseminate highly sensitive criminal and terrorism related intelligence to all law enforcement agencies in the State of Connecticut, and to disseminate pertinent, vetted information to authorized and appropriate agencies within the first responder and private sectors.

  • Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit -Critical infrastructure sites in Connecticut include those public and private entities (both physical and cyber-based systems) that are essential to maintaining minimal operational capabilities of government, and are necessary to the well being of the economy.  The Critical Infrastructure Unit within DEMHS identifies these key assets; assesses their vulnerability; participates in multi-agency deter and protect activities in and around high use/highly visible public assets, and develops a mitigation strategy designed to improve security at those sites. 

  • Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) DEMHS has assigned four troopers to participate on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in New Haven. The Joint Terrorism Task Force is an FBI task force, composed of local, state and federal investigators who are dedicated to combating terrorist activities within the state. 

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