The Baltimore region is facing a critical shortage of skilled homeland security and emergency preparedness professionals. In 2008, six Marylandcounties joined forces to address this regional problem and to implement a Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program at high schools around the region. Operating as Central Maryland Homeland Security Educational Alliance (CMHSEA), the counties – Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll, Harford and Howard – regularly collaborate on curriculum development, lesson planning, teacher training and other activities.

CMHSEA was fortunate in 2009 to receiving funding from the Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant program. These funds were put to use purchasing equipment and software used in the classroom as well as for professional development of teachers. DHS has agreed to fund CMHSEA's programs again this year so this seamless collaboration between educators, government, industry and higher education can continue to refine and implement a truly unique program.