The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announces the launch of the Homeland Security Standards Database (HSSD), which is now fully operational at www.hssd.us. ANSI and its Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) undertook the project on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The database provides one-stop access to homeland security standards critical to the jobs of first responders, code officials, and others charged with keeping America safe. The initial standards in the database are distributed under the following categories:
- Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Borders and Transportation
- Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection
- DHS Adopted Standards
Many of these categories contain subcategories for further specificity. The records in the system will be continually updated and additional homeland security standards are in the process of being added. The database is expected to develop with increased subcategorization, and in the future, this resource will be connected with other homeland security related databases, such as the Responder Knowledge Base.
ANSI welcomes comments on the database, as well as suggestions for additional standards that should be included. Please direct these messages to Ken Peabody (firstname.lastname@example.org), the project leader for the Homeland Security Standards Database.