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The Tennessee Office of Homeland Security (TOHS) has primary responsibility and authority for directing statewide activities pertaining to the prevention of and protection from terrorist related events. This responsibility includes the development and implementation of a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to secure the state from terrorist threats and attacks. Further, TOHS serves as a liaison between federal, state and local agencies, as well as the private sector, on matters relating to the security of our state and citizens.

Executive Order no. 8
Issued on April 3, 2003, the order constitutes the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, the Homeland Security Council and the Tennessee Governor’s Citizen Corps Advisory Committee.

Executive Order no. 16

Executive Order no. 48
Issued on June 28, 2008, the order transfers the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, the Homeland Security Council and the Tennessee Governor’s Citizen Corps Advisory Committee from the Governor’s office to the Tennessee Department of Safety.

Homeland Security Strategy
Tennessee has developed a comprehensive strategy to best detect, prevent and protect its citizens and resources from any event that hinders our state’s progress. The Homeland Security Strategy relies on coordination, communication and management among all levels of government and the private sector to achieve its goals.

Homeland Security Council
Led by the Assistant Commissioner and Homeland Security Advisor, the Homeland Security Council is comprised representatives from state and local departments and agencies who are tasked with helping plan and direct the statewide homeland security activities. Additionally, Council members interact with federal and local officials in promoting homeland security.