New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) is the state agency responsible for coordinating the planning for, responding to and recovery from major natural and manmade disaster. HSEM is part of the New Hampshire Department of Safety and is the state-level equivalent of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Emergencies occur every day and the vast majority of them are handled at the local level by police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. HSEM only becomes involved in major disasters where state resources are needed or where the size of duration of the disaster requires a coordinated state response.
HSEM is headquartered at the Incident Planning and Operations Center on the grounds of the State Fire Academy, and houses the state Emergency Operations Center.
The agency has about 50 employees.