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1 1 NGA Regional Bio-Terrorism Conference Boston, Massachusetts January 12-13, 2004

2 2 Strengthening the Bonds Between Homeland Security and Public Health George Estel Health Policy Advisor New York State Office of Public Security

3 3 Office of Public Security Established by Governor Pataki’s Executive Order on October 10, 2001 Mission: Develop and Direct a Comprehensive Statewide Strategy to Counter Acts of Terrorism in New York Coordinate the Federal Department of Homeland Security, State and Local Agencies on Counter- Terrorism Issues Enable New York State to Prevent, Respond to and Recover from Acts of Terrorism

4 4 OPS Operating Divisions Intelligence / Analysis Operations Legal Information Technology

5 5 New York State’s Counter- Terrorism Zones

6 6 What are the current major threats? General Aviation Weapons of Mass Destruction Conventional Explosives Agro-terrorism / Food security Chemical Industry Fraudulent Documents Cyber-Terrorism

7 7 How prepared are we? To detect and deter: Increased collaboration on prevention strategies Enhanced information sharing within the law enforcement community and our non-law enforcement public and private partners; To respond and recover: Focused planning and readiness efforts on RBC and other mass casualty events; Enhanced first responder capability through new equipment, training and exercises.

8 8 Detect and Deter Remains primary focus of OPS Built on collaboration and information sharing Bi-weekly security meetings 22 State Agencies and Authorities Task Force Development for specific issues CBERN Training and Exercises Food / Animal Security Fraudulent Document Public Security Advisory Dissemination Counter-Terrorism Network Information Sharing & Analysis Centers State Agency Secure Websites (i.e. PHAN) Private Sector Secure Websites (GNYHA)

9 9 Respond and Recover Revising Comprehensive State Emergency Management Plan to Include Terrorism Functional Annexes (i.e. Law Enforcement / Security) Individual Agency planning (i.e. Public Health) Training and Exercises WMD funded exercise and evaluation program CDC funded Public Health exercises National Response Plan National Incident Management System Incident Command System

10 10 Existing Levels of Coordination For Prevention OPS facilitated collaborative efforts have promoted greater partnership and information sharing. Between and among Federal, State and local law enforcement officials Between law enforcement community and other state agency or authority assets with law enforcement responsibility (Environmental Conservation, Port Authority, Mass Transit Authority, Division of Military and Naval Affairs) Non-law enforcement public and private partners Has proved particularly effective when changes occur in the nation’s Threat Alert Status Northeast Regional Homeland Security Directors Consortium (Maine to Delaware, Ont. Que. N.Brun.)

11 11 Existing Levels of Coordination For Response and Recovery Various task forces have helped focus and coordinate multi-agency efforts Chemical and radiological concerns Bio-terrorism planning efforts are proceeding along quite effectively Hospital preparedness efforts have also improved markedly First responder training needs (~300,000 “traditional” professionals) Exercise and evaluation process in the beginning phase of implementation Previous threat alert status changes have “tested” response

12 12 Unmet levels of coordination Multi-stage response around shared metropolitan areas. Should we consider a plan similar to the one for the National Capital Region Private sector activities Partnering in prevention Resource for emergency response activities Federal response action in the event of a terrorist incident TOPOFF exercises Implementing NIMS Federal “Readiness” standards under development

13 13 Obstacles / Challenges to Preparedness Stove piping of effort DHS policy on WMD funding dispersal to localities NIMS development and implementation Integration of prevention efforts into normal work activity Need to rebuild emergency management infrastructure Public complacency

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