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November 18 - 2015 Army Navy Game Prevention & Protection Exercise
The Army Navy Game committee comprised of both military academies, U. S. Department of Defense, Philadelphia Eagles and Lincoln Financial Field security personnel requested Homeland Security to develop a tabletop exercise in advance of the 2015 Army Navy game scheduled to take place on December 12, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Homeland Security invited over a hundred federal, state and local stakeholders to take part in this mass gathering exercise. This is the second exercise Homeland Security has developed for this event. 
 
October 22 & November 10 - Confronting the Global Threat: Bioterrorism Agents/Diseases Training
Homeland Security hosted a training symposium for over 1,000 physicians, registered nurses, emergency medical services and emergency management personnel, law enforcement and educators in King of Prussia and Pittsburgh. Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Health accredited the training and the attendees were able to receive continuing education credits for the daylong event. The syllabus included officials from the FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania National Guard and local emergency room physicians.  They presented on Pennsylvania's capabilities with respect to the bio annex and the national response plan; a background of potential bio pathogens and the epidemiologic context and investigation of bio pathogens; FBI's role and responsibilties when handling bio pathogen evidence and its chain of custody; common vulnerabilities and protective measures concerning hospitals; emergency room and hospital operations when confronted with a terrorist/non-terror threat related to a bio pathogen and the Pennsylvania National Guard's civil support team's delployable capabilties.

 

MAY 27 - USGA U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN EXERCISE
Nearly 80,000 fans, volunteers and media will be at the Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster County in July as the club hosts the 2015 USGA U.S. Women’s Open.  This mass gathering event will test the planning and protection capabilities of the local first responders and USGA.  In May, Homeland Security met with USGA and Lancaster Country Club to conduct a preparation exercise.  The multi-scenario, tabletop exercise provided the identification of information sharing, planning and deployment of personnel.  Also gathering in the room for the exercise were federal, state and local public safety officials who all collaborated to prepare for scenarios covering all hazards.
 
MAY 20 - FIRST NIAGARA PAVILION EXERCISE
LiveNation’s First Niagara Pavilion located in Burgettstown opens its doors every spring to welcome music headliners such as Jimmy Buffet, Van Halen and Toby Keith.  Located in rural Washington County this facility can draw upwards of 23,000 spectators to its open-air facility.  Homeland Security hosted a tabletop exercise at the Hanover Township building for federal, state and local first responders along with LiveNation personnel.  Multiple scenarios consisting of demonstration/protest, surprise visitor and a manpower issue tested coordination and interoperability issues.

 

Pennsylvania Food Defense Symposium

 

May 12, 2015 - A free symposium was held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex in Harrisburg  for the food and agriculture industry, law enforcement, emergency services, emergency management and public health personnel.  Officials from the FDA, FBI, US Department of Homeland Security, Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State University presented on the current agro domestic and international terrorism threats, WMD coordination, intentional food tampering, emerging disease threats, common vulnerabilities and protective measures to protect critical infrastructure and the FDA's perspective on food defense. 

 
 

"POCONO FLASH" Prevention & Protection Tabletop Exercise for the Pocono Raceway (NASCAR)
March 26, 2015 - Monroe County Emergency Management Agency

 

NCCHT 022.JPGMonroe County Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security prepared a mass gathering, sports venue tabletop exercise involving several multi-threat scenarios including planned disruptions, active shooters and a possible bio attack for Pocono Raceway officials and area first responders. With close to 60 in attendance at the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency in Stroudsburg, the exercise covered federal, state, local and private sector prevention, protection and mitigation activities. The purpose of the exercise was to test coordination and inter-operability issues, information sharing capabilities and identify and exercise the decision makers' options open to them as incidents arise which call for planning and deployment of personnel.

 
 

Homeland Security Hosts Human Trafficking Symposium:
March 3, 2015 - Villanova University of Pennsylvania

 

NCCHT 022.JPGHomeland Security hosted a human trafficking symposium for federal, state and local officials and prosecutorsat Villanova University on human trafficking in Pennsylvania.Speakers took our guests through the process of sex and labor trafficking cases from investigation to prosecution providing valuable lessons with regard to recognizing the crime and effectively bringing the defendants to justice.The complexities of language barriers, foreign banking and currency exchange, illegal immigration and foreign government assistance in prosecutions were also addressed.The goal of this event was to provide advanced training and as a result the attendees could more effectively accomplish our strategic objective which is to enhance the interdiction and disruption capability as prescribed within the National Preparedness Goal. For each attorney in attendance the Continuing Legal Education Board provided six continuing education credit hours.Pictured is Zane Memeger, US Attorney-Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

 

 


Cybersecurity Learning Series: Quarterly webinars are being offered to the public and private sector.  Previous webinars included information on high-level guidance on contingency planning for owners and operators of information technology systems to include recovery and restitution planning, preparation for a response and recover from a disruptive event.  The next webinar is scheduled for June 9, 2015 and the topic will be on the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community Voluntary Program (C3 Voluntary Program).  This program will help support cyber resilience, increase awareness with the national Cybersecurity Framework and encourage private and public sector organizations to manage cybersecurity as an all-hazards approach to enterprise risk management.  Additional information on the program is under the Cyber Security tab.  If you are interested in participating in the next webinar, contact Homeland Security at 717-346-4460.




Wednesday, November 12, 2014
:  For the first time in the Commonwealth, the Office of Homeland Security gathered speakers from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Department of Homeland Security, PA National Guard and Reading Health System and hosted a symposium at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing on "Confronting the Global Threat: Bioterrorism Agents/Diseases." Nearly 550 attendees from area hospitals, educational institutions and state and local law enforcement agencies and emergency services. The topics included Pennsylvania's capabilities with respect to the National Response Plan; potential biopathogens; the FBI's role and responsibilities; common vulnerabilities concerning hospitals; the National Strategy for bio threats and bio agent response; civil support teams's deployable capabilities and how emergency room and hospital operation room operate when confronted with a terrorist or a non-terror threat related to a bio pathogen.