What Is the Department of Homeland Security?

Within the US Federal Government, the Department of Homeland Security is responsible for preparing for, preventing and responding to domestic emergencies — particularly terrorist attacks and natural disasters — that threaten the nation’s residents and infrastructure. In order to accomplish this goal, it coordinates and utilizes the efforts of thousands of resources within state, local and federal agencies.

The department was established on November 25, 2002, as a response the the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It consolidated several government offices into one overriding umbrella group. The major components of theDHS are:

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