Orange County Homeland Security Advisory Council
Orange County is one of the most densely populated counties in California. Employing individuals in key critical sectors such as tourism, international trade, defense, manufacturing, and technology.
These critical sectors bring in roughly 220 billion dollars in Gross County Product. These critical sectors and wealth make Orange County vulnerable to terrorism, cyber attacks, along with natural disasters.
Due to these threats, it is critical to bridge the gap between Public Safety and Business Executives.
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The Orange County Homeland Security Advisory Council (OCHSAC) is a public good not-for-profit organization created to improve homeland security in Orange County through public private partnership. OCHSAC tightly links businesses and other private sector leaders with the Orange County Sherriff. OCHSAC is built to ensure that preventative Executive actions are taken in preparing and defending Orange County and recovering from terrorism and other major disasters. OCHSAC has two distinct mission objectives which are to:
- recruit, educate and partner with private sector executive leadership in preventing and/or limiting the impacts of attacks on our infrastructure, businesses and citizens and;
- to activate and support the critical leadership communications and coordination of response and recovery that will be needed in the event of a major terrorist incident or other critical disaster.
Bridging The Gap
The Orange County Homeland Security Advisory Council (OCHSAC) is a public and private partnership. Established between the Orange County Sheriff and Business Executives to enhance the safety and security of Orange County residents and businesses.
- education and awareness
- providing networking opportunities
- sourcing projects that will serve our objectives
OCHSAC will collaborate with the public sector on a federal, state, and local basis as well as other likeminded private sector organizations to ensure that we are providing the best practices to our constituency.
Providing For A Safer And More Secure Orange County
Orange County has over 3 million residents making it the 3rd most populous county in California and the 6th most populous in the United States. Our County is home to Fortune 1000, Fortune 500 companies and a diverse market of small and mid-size businesses. Orange County hosts a remarkable 42 million visitors annually who spend in excess of 7.75 billion dollars and support 160,000 tourism-related industry jobs.
With its vibrant and diverse manufacturing, service, retail, tourism and other business activities, Orange County presents a multitude of “soft targets” attractive to domestic and transnational terrorists, cyber criminals, and others working to disrupt our economy, critical infrastructure, and way of life. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, and fire also pose ongoing threats. Keeping Orange County residents, businesses, and visitors safe and resilient in the face of such threats requires a unified response by public and private organizations working in partnership with each other.
The Orange County Executive Shield public-private partnership encourages collaboration to improve threat awareness, preparedness strategies, and to inform members of information helpful to safeguard their investments. During critical, major man-made or natural disasters or crisis, Orange County Executive Shield will offer a vital network to help communicate, share resources, and respond more quickly and effectively.