PANHANDLE -- Senator Hardin and the Nebraska State Patrol invite area residents to an informational meeting regarding the Nebraska Fusion Center.

The meeting will be held 10 a.m. Friday, March 8, Kimball County Transit Building 233 S. Chestnut St, Kimball. Attendees will learn how to recognize potential national security threats and how to easily report them.

The Nebraska Fusion Center is a Homeland Security enterprise owned and operated within each state that serves as a focal point for receipt, analysis, gathering and sharing of threat-related information between local, state, federal and private law enforcement partners.

Fusion centers were established following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 to connect-the-dots between critical information housed in different agencies and share information and intelligence to aid in protecting communities.

Fusion centers are the primary conduit between front line personnel, state, and local leadership which assist in the collective review of information for the purpose of detecting, preventing and preparing for threats to public health and safety.

Following the meeting in Kimball, there will be an informational meeting at 1 p.m. at  Banner County High School Gym, 200 School St. Harrisburg.