The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) will hold an information session at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
Director of Policy and Planning, NJOHSP
Preparedness Bureau Chief, NJOHSP
NJOHSP's Preparedness Bureau analyzes relevant homeland security trends to enhance New Jersey’s overall preparedness. Staff research includes, but is not limited to, critical infrastructure sector assignments and special projects. Topics also include cyber first-responder capabilities, radicalization, community resilience, and unmanned aerial systems. Research findings are used to propose strategic recommendations to OHSP senior staff and to state partners.
The Bureau maintains relationships with partners at all levels through planning groups, technical assistance, and academic coordination. This includes supplementing emergency preparedness planning, training, and exercises.
The Bureau's research efforts include partnerships with academic institutions around the region, including Columbia's SIPA program. A notable initiative includes the 2014 collaboration with Rutgers University’s Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy for a Strategic Community Resiliency Project in Secaucus. The project culminated in an extensive community profile, a resiliency score, and a catalogue of available resources and resiliency improvement strategies.
Staff within the Bureau are tasked with stimulating intellectual creativity to fuse innovative ideas with action. They are challenged to alternate between technical and non-technical disciplines and bridging the intellectual and institutional divides between key stakeholders in the law enforcement, homeland security, emergency management, and information technology communities.