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1 1 Community Capability: Building for Post 9/11 Terrorism Preparedness Presented to the 5th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Conference May 31, 2002 Steven Charvat, CEM Director of Training, Exercises, Mitigation & Planning DC Emergency Management Agency

2 2 Overview of Presentation DC Response District Response Plan Mayor’s Task Force and Emergency Preparedness Council Emergency Planning and Partnerships Continuing Issues Next steps

3 3 The Unique Challenges of District Government We function as a city, County and State with daily interactions with our federal partners, neighboring states and regional entities

4 4 September 11, 2001

5 5 From Montana to DC 9/11 at the NEMA Conference in Montana En route to DC Assessing the new threat Immediate lessons learned Setting new directions

6 6 Anthrax Response (October 2001 - Present) First Responders Hart Building Response Brentwood Postal Facility Working with Congress Federal Components EPA & US Postal Service USPHS Attending Physicians Capitol Police

7 7 District Response Plan Creation of the (new) District Response Plan Based on Incident Command System (ICS) Interoperability with Federal Response Plan (FRP) Coordinated delivery of assistance and resources Collaborated on by support and lead agencies and private industry Can be found online @

8 8 District Response Plan: The 15 ESFs 8 8 Health and Medical Services Department of Health 7 7 Resource Support Office of Contracting and Procurement Mass Care Department of Human Services 6 6 Information and Planning Emergency Management Agency 5 5 Fire Fighting DC Fire and EMS Department 4 4 Public Works and Engineering Department of Public Works 3 3 Communications Office of the Chief Technology Officer 2 2 Transportation Department of Transportation 1 1 15 Donations and Volunteer Management Emergency Management Agency Community & Media Relations Office of Communications 14 Law Enforcement Metropolitan Police Department 13 Energy DC Energy Office 12 Food Department of Human Services 11 Hazardous Materials DC Fire and EMS Department 10 Urban Search and Rescue DC Fire and EMS Department 9 9

9 9 Emergency Operations Teams Consequence Management Team (CMT) Central Operational Organization Rapid Response Teams Assess damages / determine immediate needs. Generally composed of EMA and DPW staff. Disaster Field Office Liaison Team Deployed to FEMA DFO. Composed of EMA and District ESF representatives. District Coordinating Officer (DCO) District senior representative requesting federal assistance.

10 10 DRP Concept of Operations District has four operational levels Normal Operations Normal Operations Operational Level 1 Operational Level 1 – Monitoring Phase /increased potential Operational Level 2 Operational Level 2 – Partial Activation of CMT. Operational Level 3 Operational Level 3 – Full CMT Activation. National Capital Region Plan DCO coordinates with FEMA HQ during terrorist event. Mayor, supported by CMT Director, leads and manages agencies engaged under the DRP.

11 11 Implementation of New National Threat System

12 12 Task Force to Emergency Preparedness Council (EPC) Maintains, exercises and revises DRP. Emphasis on building relationships and sharing operational and planning information Quasi-public and private sector partnerships DC Hospital Association Consortium of colleges and universities Council of Governments (COG) Working with PEPCO, Washington Gas, WASA, and others Organizes stakeholders into four functional subcommittees

13 13 Planning and Training Planning Support The College and University Hazard Identification Workbook The Family Preparedness Guide ESF Pocket Guides Training Support Coordination of Training for Emergency Preparedness personnel Monthly newsletter identifying courses Development of tailored courses based on District’s specific needs

14 14 Planning and Training Planning, Training, and Exercise workgroup established Developing expanded exercise program to include executive tabletops, functional exercises, and federal-District exercises

15 15 GIS Capabilities The DC EMA GIS staff is developing applications to: Display Live weather data over detailed area maps Forecast the spread of airborne pathogens and epidemiological trends Determine best evacuation routes based on real time traffic conditions Organize the efforts of multiple District Agencies

16 16 Communication & Notification Emergency Alert System (EAS) provides information to the public Notification Matrix/Pocket Guides Technology GETS system/satellite phones Telephone Switching Priority (TSP) New phone and paging systems (REACT/ROAMail) 16 alternate methods of communication

17 17 Revisiting Current Statutes Security Airports Public and Commercial Transportation Volunteer Liability Medical Field Personnel Liability Hazardous Material Reporting Limits Forced/Mandatory Evacuation of Private Properties Commandeering Resources

18 18 Proposed Criminal Laws Current LawCrime Proposed “An act of terrorism” 15 years maxAssault with intent to Kill 30 years max 10 years maxArsonLife Imprisonment 10 years maxDestruction of Property (more than $500,000) 20 year max 30 years maxSecond Degree Murder Life Imprisonment

19 19 Proposed Laws Include Manufacturing or processing a weapon of mass destruction – Imprisonment for life Disseminating or detonating a weapons of mass destruction – Imprisonment for life Murder of a public safety employee – Mandatory imprisonment for life

20 20 Regional and National Coordination Control point for WAWAS messaging system. Regional Information Communication and Coordination System (RICCS) Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)

21 21 The District of Columbia continues to be the #1 target of Terrorists in the U.S.

22 22 Fall 2001 CNN 30-city Rankings Study 1. New York 2. San Antonio 3. Charlotte 4. Atlanta 5. Phoenix 6. Miami 7. Washington DC 8. Austin 9. San Diego 10. Columbus, OH Best Prepared Well Prepared

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24 24 Continuing Concerns Budget Limitations Short term budgetary needs Long term budgetary needs Flexible funding Seeking security clearance for District personnel Regional compatibility between Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & communications systems

25 25 Next Steps in Building Community Capabilities Participate in TOPOFF II national terrorism exercise (Spring 2003) Conduct full-scale terrorism field exercise for NCR Develop the District Emergency Management Program to meet or exceed NFPA 1600 Seek accreditation under the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP)

26 26 Next Steps in Building Community Capabilities Strengthen relationships with regional partners and stakeholders. Continue to develop community based emergency plans throughout the District Implement Freedom Corps program Integrate planning efforts with regional partners Continue to educate and train emergency response personnel

27 27 Our Preparedness Vision To meet or exceed the national standards To become the first city emergency management program in the nation to be accredited To become the emergency preparedness model for the nation To sustain our readiness posture until the threat is no longer present

28 28 Questions ?

29 29 For More Information – please contact: The District of Columbia Emergency Management Agency Steven Charvat, CEM 2000 14 th Street, NW Suite 800 Washington, DC 20009 USA Phone: (202) 673-2101 x 1188 FAX: (202) 673-7054 Email: www:

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