National Homeland Security Association will hold annual conference in Philadelphia

The National Homeland Security Association recently announced that it will partner with the City of Philadelphia to hold the 8th annual National Homeland Security Conference, "Securing Our Liberty By Protecting Our Homeland," on May 20-22.

The conference will feature workshops and discussions on preparedness training, port and transit security, responding to unplanned events, emergency capabilities, information sharing and preparedness partnerships for the whole community. The NHSA is accepting recommendations to add more workshops and topics to the agenda.

Conference attendees include homeland security professionals, public safety representatives, emergency managers and emergency planners from local, state and federal governments. The conference allows government officials and experts from the private sector to connect, share and develop best practices to protect the nation.

The annual conference began in 2005 and was based on sharing information and first-hand experiences. The conference has grown to include keynote speakers from government agencies and has been able to transition along with the ever-changing industry.

The theme for the 2013 conference, held in Los Angeles, was "Homeland Security begins with hometown security." Over the years, the conference has grown to include topics on non-traditional federal agencies such as defense support to civil authorities and U.S. northern command.