Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Project Impact is a prototype community-based program initiated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 1997.  The model program was based on building partnerships, risk assessment, mitigation, and public awareness.  Jefferson County was named a PI Community in 2001 and was the last designated community before the widely-popular national program was canceled that same year.  Although the program was officially canceled, the concept of developing coalitions to work toward disaster resilience had already taken firm roots in our community and was the basis of the many successful partnerships and collaborative projects that have been formed here.  Project Impact harnessed local support from all levels of government, public and private entities, and everyday people to facilitate and participate in emergency management.  Jefferson County continues to proudly display the Project Impact logo alongside the others that are a part of our legacy.