Region Nine has contracted with Southeast Region Homeland Security Emergency Management (SERHSEM) Joint Powers Board to assist with Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) planning services. The HSEM Regional Planner for Region 1 serves the 16 counties in southeastern Minnesota. A Regional Planner helps the Emergency Managers to prepare, from response to recovery, for a disastrous event that threatens lives, property, infrastructure and the economic vitality of a region.