Homeland Security Advisory Council
The Homeland Security Advisory Council at the School of Public Policy (HSAC@SPP) is an innovative academic enterprise focusing on disaster preparedness, crisis management, and resiliency through engaging the public, private, and civic sectors. Formed in partnership with the renowned Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council, HSAC@SPP is the latest addition to the School of Public Policy's robust cross-sector initiatives, positioned to prepare the current and next generation of leaders by exploring a full range of cross-sector and information technology solutions to public policy challenges.
HSAC currently offers a variety of programs focused on technology, engagement, capability
building, and partnerships for crisis managers, policymakers, and public safety professionals,
in addition to students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree. Through the partnership
with the School of Public Policy, HSAC will expand its current offerings, create new
educational and training programs, and reach a broader participant group that includes
graduate students and audiences throughout California and the nation.
HSAC's web-based crisis and event management platform, SALUS - The Crisis Hub, puts the power of geographic information systems (GIS) directly into the hands of crisis managers, public safety professionals, and policymakers, providing its users an innovative way to visualize information and effectively analyze data.
SPP and HSAC will continue to bring together leaders in crisis management to speak on emerging issues, how to develop solutions for crisis management issues, and hold workshops on crisis leadership and emergency management. Current HSAC offerings include the following:
- Distinguished Speaker Series
- Crisis Management Case Challenge
- Crisis Leadership and Emergency Management Workshop
Throughout Los Angeles, HSAC supports policy research and educates best practices for the broader community. HSAC hosts the following programs:
- Crisis Management Internship Program
- Public Safety Fellows
- Regional Emergency Management Exercise Program
Extending beyond this new academic partnership, SPP and HSAC will host leadership workshops and trainings that focus on past, current, and emerging issues for public safety professionals. Current HSAC offerings include the following:
- Public Safety Delegations and Information Exchanges
- Executive Round Table
- Homeland Security Professional Alliances
Pepperdine School of Public Policy Forms New Academic Enterprise With Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council
The Pepperdine School of Public Policy has announced it will form an innovative academic enterprise with the Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) focused on disaster preparedness, crisis management, and resiliency through engaging the public, private, and civic sectors. The new enterprise, to be called the Homeland Security Advisory Council at the School of Public Policy, is positioned to prepare the current and next generation of public leaders by harnessing the school’s unique curriculum dedicated to exploring a full range of cross-sector and information technology solutions to public policy challenges. The formation of this enterprise with HSAC, a current 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to ensure the security and resilience of the Los Angeles region in the face of threats and hazards, will include the transfer of all HSAC assets and intellectual property to Pepperdine and is a strategic step for the University in expanding its role around issues facing crisis management today. . . .
What People Are Saying
"Building a more resilient Los Angeles requires that we tap every resource at our disposal—and that means deepening partnerships with HSAC, relying on critical insights from institutions like Pepperdine, and equipping our leaders and first responders with vital data from SALUS in the face of disruptions, crises, or natural disasters. Our top priority is keeping Angelenos safe and secure, and we will continue to deploy every tool in our arsenal to strengthen public safety across our city."
Mayor, City of Los Angeles
“The Annenberg Foundation has supported initiatives like HSAC that utilize technology to foster improved communication and collaboration to positively impact our city. Our longstanding commitment to education is another way in which we seek to strengthen communities. We applaud the new HSAC endeavor with Pepperdine to grow the organization's ability to strengthen Los Angeles and help foster our next generation of crisis leaders."