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The intent is to identify geographic regions that work best for achieving and sustaining coordinated capabilities and mutual aid agreements.
DHS fosters regional groupings through planning and preparedness assistance.
Formal arrangements among geographic regions will enable coordination of preparedness activities more effectively, spread costs, pool resources, disburse risk, and thereby increase the overall return on investment.
The Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) is one example of how DHS fosters regional cooperation.
UASI focuses on high-threat urban areas and is based on Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
UASI are intended to be multi-jurisdictional metropolitan regions with a inclusive governance structure.
However, DHS does not prescribe membership of governance organizations.
Strengthen Information Sharing and Collaboration Capabilities
Information sharing and collaboration capabilities are developed to target levels in the States, tribal areas, territories, and designated urban areas that are consistent with measures and metrics established in the TCL.
Working Together Key elements to effective collaboration Source: MITRE