What is the biggest risk your organization faces on a regular basis?

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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

across agencies.

The stakeholders involved are:

First responders (police, fire departments, emergency agencies)

Local, State, and federal agencies

Installation Commanders and workers

Local communities

Health care facilities, military and civilian


Internet Service Providers

Telecommunication Network Providers

Risk communication planning is a must, some of the comprehensive planning involves:

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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.

Reduce panic.

Save lives

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

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efforts envision a role well beyond that envisioned by the lead federal agencies for crisis

management. Increasing attention must...