Homeland Security Unit

The Homeland Security Unit (HSU) is an integral part of the collaborative effort to protect life, property and infrastructure from damage or destruction due to any terrorist attack or natural disaster. The HSU and the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) share the primary responsibility for the county’s all-hazards preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation programs.

The Director of the Lake County Sheriff’s HSU works closely with the Coordinator of the Lake County EMA to enhance the preparedness of all communities within Lake County. Preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts are coordinated with first responder and support agencies, and apply to both natural and human caused hazards, including terrorism.

Natural Disasters
In natural disasters, the Lake County EMA serves as the county’s lead agency for coordination, information gathering, and support of partner organizations, including coordination with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Terrorism Emergencies
In terrorism-related emergencies, the Sheriff’s HSU is the county’s lead agency for information gathering, coordination of activities with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and support of intelligence and operational needs through the Lake County EOC.

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 established the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (U.S. DHS). Homeland Security is officially defined by the National Strategy for Homeland Security as a concerted national effort to prevent attacks within the United States, reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage and recovery from any terrorist attack or natural disaster. The U.S. DHS includes federal law enforcement agencies whose primary functions are proactive initiatives in anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), responsible for preparedness, response and recovery efforts for terrorist or natural disasters. Homeland Security entities have been implemented nationally in state, county and municipal jurisdictions.

If you have any questions or concerns contact 847-549-5200.