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On July 21, 2005 Executive Order 05-20 was signed, authorizing the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) to review state and local security plans and grant funding requests and make recommendations for changes to better protect Missourians. The HSAC included the Director of the Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security Director, Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent, State Emergency Management Agency Director, State Fire Marshal and directors of other state departments with key roles related to homeland security. This was to ensure a statewide focus for homeland security and an effective means for coordinating resources. The HSAC was tasked with ensuring that homeland security plans were coordinated at the state and local level and that homeland security grant expenditures were made in a coordinated and efficient way.

On February 10, 2006 Executive Order 06-09 was issued making the HSAC a permanent governing body and facilitating the formation of the RHSOCs to provide local input from all areas of Missouri to the HSAC. This is essential to Missouri’s regional approach to homeland security, which enables regions to have key input into the selection of homeland security priorities and the allocation of funding to best address regional needs. The executive order also added the Director of the Department of Mental Health to the HSAC.

Most recently, Executive Order 18-03 further expanded the council to include all a broader group of stakeholders working together in Missouri’s Homeland Security efforts. Membership now includes:

Information from the Governor’s Boards and Commissions Office and names of individual governor appointees can be found here.

The HSAC meets quarterly.