Alumni Respond

CHDS Alumni Lead National Response

…. to build a national cadre of homeland security leaders with advanced skills in organizational collaboration and innovative policy and strategy development.”

A Center for Homeland Defense and Security Founding Goal

When disasters and emergencies occur around the country, it is often CHDS Alumni who respond to protect lives and property in our communities.

Move your cursor over the event icons on the map to learn about important response roles CHDS alumni have played and the extent to which homeland security professionals participate in CHDS programs and utilize Center resources.

CHDS Response to Hurricane Harvey

Houston, Texas

The unprecedented response to historic flooding in Texas and Louisiana has exemplified unity of effort with DoD air, land and sea assets working with local, state and FEMA and other federal partner agencies on response and recovery operations.

Super Bowl Security: A Collective Effort

Levi Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security alumni and students were a team behind the biggest sporting event of the year. They worked on areas such as emergency management planning, and transportation security for Super Bowl 50. More...

Michigan Alumni using CHDS education in combating Flint water crisis

Flint, Michigan

Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security alumni are using their education as they lead efforts to supply beleaguered Flint with potable water and resolve the water crisis. More...

Devastating Wildfires Require Largescale Response

Walla Walla, WA, United States

Wildfires blistered more than 9.3 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. More...

Massive Oso Landslide Response Bolstered with CHDS Alumni

Oso, Washington, United States

The iconic mountainous landscapes carved by ice sheets centuries ago gives the Pacific Northwest its breathtaking beauty, and sometimes its peril. More...

CHDS Alums at Forefront of Navy Yard Response, Collaboration

Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC

“We are lucky in D.C. in that every single day we have a multi-agency operation,” More...

"Boston Strong" Faced Challenges of Marathon Bombings

Boston MA, United States

Two improvised bombs had blown up near the famed marathon's finish line, killing two while injuring runners and spectators. A stable of Center for Homeland Defense and Security alumni was already on the scene. More...

CHDS Alumni Lead Response to Philadelphia Amtrak Train Derailment

Philadelphia, PA, United States

On May 12, 2015, an Amtrak Northeast Regional train derailed and crashed. More...