The Maine Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) was established by Executive Order of the Governor in the summer of 2005. The HSAC was later formally adopted by the Maine State Legislature in the spring of 2006.
The Council is comprised of:
- The Director of Maine Emergency Management Agency
- The Commissioner of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management
- The Commissioner of Public Safety
- The Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control, within the Department of Health and Human Services
- The Chief of the Maine State Police within the Department of Public Safety
- A representative of the Governor
- The Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
- The Commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources
- The Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
The Council advises the Governor on all matters related to Homeland Security, including terrorism and bio-terrorism issues. The Council provides a forum for the top officials in the State to collaborate, share essential information, and develop a unified strategy to address Homeland Security issues in Maine.