In the spring of 2004, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) designated five homeland security planning regions within the commonwealth to be the recipients of federal homeland security funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). They appointed multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional advisory councils to each of the regions and tasked them with the development of regional homeland security plans and oversight of grant program expenditures. Each region receives an annual allocation of Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) funding to build, sustain, and deliver the Core Capabilities of emergency preparedness defined in the National Preparedness Goal.

Homeland Security Regions Map

The Region

The Northeast Homeland Security Planning Region contains 85 communities stretching from Ashby in the Northwest to Salisbury on the Northeastern coastal border with New Hampshire and Holliston in the Southwest. The region skirts the immediate urban, inner core of metro-Boston but also includes communities such as Arlington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Saugus, and Watertown, which are immediately outside of the urban inner core. In the Northeast Region there are 1,971,945 people (747,313 households) in 1,310 square miles for an average population density of 1,505 people per square mile.


NERAC Fact Sheet


The NERAC Council is a 18 member body with representatives from the law enforcement, fire service, emergency management, public health, healthcare, emergency medical services, public safety communications, government administration, corrections, and transportation disciplines. Members are appointed to the Council by EOPSS (with assistance and recommendations from the professional discipline associations) and volunteer their time and expertise to guide the efforts of the Council and ensure effective utilization of the grant funds.


The Council is responsible for enhancing the ability of the region to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terror and other disasters that affect the safety of the public by carrying out the strategies and objectives defined by the Massachusetts State Homeland Security Strategy and the National Preparedness Goal. The Council also serves as a forum to promote regional, interdisciplinary collaboration and idea sharing that makes public safety efforts more efficient and effective.