The first of its kind in the Commonwealth, this Council is designed as a forum for elected officials and first responders such as public health officials, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel. The Council works to encourage cooperation among various groups and agencies, assist local agencies in prevention and response activities, seek funding for local and regional projects related to homeland security and aid local jurisdictions in protecting local economies in the case of terrorist acts and other emergencies. The Council also directs the periodic update of the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, as required by federal regulation, and oversees hazard mitigation projects. This Council is administered by Community Planning.