Public safety and emergency management have always been critical functions of state government, but in the wake of the 9/11 attack, the role of these agencies in the enhanced national security network is even more important.
Departments of public safety are usually run the state's highway patrol or state police and their training facilities. Some departments may also include the state bureau of investigation, crime lab, division of fire safety, commercial carrier inspection and weight load management office, office of narcotics enforcement, or state public safety telecommunications network.
On public safety websites, visitors may:
Some states handle their motor vehicle registrations out of their departments of public safety. Commercial Vehicle Requirements by State
Departments of emergency management assist the state in preparing for and coping with such natural or man-made disasters as floods, fire, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, epidemics, electrical or computer outages, and terrorist attacks.
On emergency management websites, visitors may get information on:
Some emergency management departments also deal with hazardous materials.