Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness (OHSP)

The Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness was created by executive order in 2006.

OHSP is led by a Director, who is appointed by the Governor and serves as a member of the governor’s cabinet and as the Governor's principal advisor on homeland security issues. The Director serves as Chair of the Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, which was created by statute in 2001. (P.L. 2001, c. 246)


Protect the citizens and critical infrastructure of the State of New Jersey from acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other catastrophic events and emergencies.

Core Mission Areas

FY15 Budget (in thousands): $3,845

*These amounts represent State Funds.



The criteria for OHSP allocation and distribution of homeland security funds follows a risk-based system with risk being defined as a function of threat, vulnerability and consequence. Investments should significantly benefit New Jersey’s emergency response community; be linked to our State preparedness goals to prevent terrorist attacks; protect critical infrastructure and reduce vulnerability to terrorism; build capability to respond to incidents of terrorism quickly and effectively; to recover from terrorist attack(s) and other catastrophic events; to restore quality of life; support national and State priorities/target capabilities including interoperability, regionalization, and information sharing; and, avoid duplication where wasteful.



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