What is the biggest risk your organization faces on a regular basis?
How do they respond to it?
How could they respond better?
The Massachusetts Army National Guards biggest risk involves in Homeland
Security. The roles and responsibilities of the Guard are two fold; one the Department of
Defense (DOD) support of local government response and secondly, the need for coordination
The stakeholders involved are:
First responders (police, fire departments, emergency agencies)
Local, State, and federal agencies
Installation Commanders and workers
Health care facilities, military and civilian
Internet Service Providers
Telecommunication Network Providers
Risk communication planning is a must, some of the comprehensive planning involves:
Identifying key internal and external partners.
Identifying roles and responsibilities.
Agreeing on methods of coordinating and communicating in the event of attack.
Developing and agreeing on contingency plan in case communication systems fail.
Develop and implement educational programs for workers and the general public.
Integrate into a comprehensive response plan.
Some of the desired outcomes for Homeland Security are:
Being able to anticipate and prepare for attack.
Have a well-informed public
Have a well-coordinated response in the event of attack.
In conclusion, the adequacy of responses to chemical attacks will hinge the
capabilities that can arrive soon enough to make a difference. And in the case of biological
attacks, the outcome of these incidents is far more likely to depend on the performance of public
health systems than on Army responders. Additionally, leadership opportunities circumvented
by larger federal settings. The current efforts to enhance DOD and Army response capabilities
seem premised on the expectation that civilian response capabilities will be inadequate, and these
efforts envision a role well beyond that envisioned by the lead federal agencies for crisis
management. Increasing attention must...