The Illinois Terrorism Task Force is embarking on the development of a new Illinois homeland security strategy. All public safety organizations are encouraged to assist with the development of this statewide strategy that will guide homeland security activities in the future and ensure a consistent and coordinated approach to preparedness. The new Illinois homeland security strategy is called Vision 2025. To be successful, the strategy development process must be a comprehensive conversation with the whole community about our collective vision for Illinois’ future strategic homeland security goals and capabilities. The benefits of having a unified homeland security strategy include:
- Provides a clear, unified path for preparedness
- Delivers an operational posture of efficiency
- Creates a structure to maximize the allocation of limited resources
- Establishes a standard framework to address threats and risks to which the state is most vulnerable
- Ensures the homeland security community is proactive opposed to reactive to emergency threats and risks
The initial step to the development of the Vision 2025 strategy is to seek the involvement of Illinois’ public safety officials. Click here for the link to an assessment to assist the Illinois Terrorism Task Force better understand the views of those responsible for the state’s homeland security preparedness activities. I ask that you distribute this email widely to your membership and others that support your discipline and encourage their completion of the assessment and support of this initiative. Although the threats and risks are ever evolving, the homeland security community must embrace this challenge and implement a strategy that protects the public health and safety of citizens in this great state in the years to come. Thank you in advance for your support of this important Illinois homeland security initiative. For additional information, please view the Vision 2025 website at https://www2.illinois.gov/iema/ITTF/Pages/Vision2025.aspx.