The Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC) is a 501(c) (3) not for profit all-hazards emergency management organization, located in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Established in 1991, NESEC is the only all-hazard state consortium in the nation lead exclusively by State Directors of Emergency Management and is supported and funded by the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont form the consortium. NESEC has a full-time Executive Director and assistant, and is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the Directors of the State Emergency Management Agencies in the six New England States, New York, and New Jersey.
NESEC develops, promotes, and coordinates comprehensive “all-hazards” emergency management activities throughout the Northeast. This includes all phases of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. NESEC’s work is a vital component to planning and response for the safety and welfare of the over 40 million people living in the Northeast. NESEC works in partnership with federal, state and local governments, and private organizations to reduce losses of life and property when the next disaster strikes the Northeast.
Disasters in the Northeast
The Northeast is susceptible to many hazards, including Earthquakes, Hurricanes,Floods, Fires, Hazardous Materials Incidents, Terrorism, Tornadoes, Winter Storms,Ice Jams and other natural and man-made disasters. Large, densely populated urban areas and extensive waterfront development has only increased our vulnerability to natural disasters.