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Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, develops volunteers, manages grant funding to improve homeland security and public safety capabilities, coordinates emergency response and recovery, supports planned events, and works with public and partner organizations to protect our whole community when it needs us the most.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

For more about the City of Austin's respone to COVID-19 visit:

The Austin/Travis County Emergency Operations Center is ACTIVE.

For COVID-19 media inquiries (Mon-Fri, 8:00am-5:00pm) call 512-974-0699.

Click here for public safety partner social media updates.


Community Grants

FEMA Nonprofit Security Grant Program provides funding support for facility hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack.