Missouri’s "regionalization of homeland security" plan is focused on establishing a common sense, logical governance structure and process to facilitate local, community level engagement in not only grant funding priorities and strategies, but other homeland security related decisions. Fourteen (14) core disciplines at the county/local level have been identified as minimum voting participants in these regional committees. While only one individual from each discipline in a specific region will hold a voting seat on the committee, it is mandated that they represent all segments of their core discipline members in their region, including both county and local interest. They accomplish this through establishment of working groups within each discipline that are all inclusive in of their specific discipline in their geographic region. The RHSOCs meet quarterly, with additional meetings called as needed to deal with specific issues.
The following are the core disciplines that represent the minimal template for RHSOC membership:
- Emergency Management Director
- Law Enforcement
- County Health
- City or County Public Works
- County Commissioner
- Emergency Medical Service
- Volunteer Group Representation
- Police Chief
- Fire Chief
- Homeland Security Regional Response System
- Mayor or City Administrator
- Private Industry/Public Utility
Each RHSOC Chairman represents their region and local governments at the state level and collectively as a body and will convey needs of the Regions directly to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Conversely, they accept direction and feedback from the Advisory Council to convey back to the RHSOCs. This collective group of RHSOC representatives meets bi-monthly immediately after the bi-monthly Governor’s HSAC meeting, in which they also participate. The RHSOC geographic boundaries are based on the established boundaries of Missouri’s Highway Patrol Regions A-I.
The Missouri Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) cities of Kansas City and St. Louis have separate homeland security governance structure and funding streams. However, their representatives participate as non-voting, ex-officio members of both the Governor’s HSAC and their respective RHSOCs.
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