In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Missouri Office of Homeland Security was established on September 26, 2001 making Missouri the first state to create an Office of Homeland Security. The Office of Homeland Security is part of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.
Signed by Governor Matt Blunt in February 2006, Executive Order 06-09 established Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committees (RHSOC) for the purpose of “establishing strategies and priorities for the Missouri Homeland Security Grant Funding programs and other Homeland Security initiatives”. The RHSOC’s purpose is to develop and coordinate regionally focused Homeland Security programs, focusing on establishing a common sense, logical governing structure and process, to assist in facilitating local and community level engagement.
In 2021, Boonslick Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) completed its 15th year as the lead Regional Planning Commission for the Region C Homeland Security Oversight Committee (RHSOC). BRPC contracted with the Missouri Office of Homeland Security (OHS), and is responsible for event coordination, administration, fiscal operations, professional development, community outreach, and publicity for the RHSOC. BRPC has sub-contracted with the Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission and the Economic Development Commission to provide additional Regional expertise.
Region C includes the Counties of Lincoln, Perry, Pike, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Warren, and Washington. The RHSOC consists of two members from each of the following disciplines:
- County Commissioner
- Emergency Management
- Emergency Medical Services
- Fire Chief
- Mayor/City Administrator
- Police Chief
- Private Industry/Public Utilities
- Public Health
- Public Works
- Volunteer Organization
The 15-discipline Region C Homeland Security Oversight Committee meets on a quarterly basis, and is charged with the task of planning regional response to acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other events, as well as approving projects to be funded through the Regional State Homeland Security Grant Program with funds allocated by the State of Missouri.
2022-2023 Region C Committee
Chairperson- Felix Meyer
Ste. Genevieve County 911
Vice Chairperson- Ron MacKnight
Chief- Wright City Fire Protection District
SUMMER MEETING July 11, 2023 – Minutes, Agenda