The Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series (JCTAWS), an ongoing national initiative designed to improve the ability of local jurisdictions to prepare for, protect against and respond to complex terrorist attacks, will take place Nov. 9 and 10 at the Greenville Marriott. Greenville was selected to host the workshop more than six months ago.
The two-day workshop will provide a forum for discussion and analysis of the city, county, state and federal capabilities that would be deployed and/or activated to respond to a complex, coordinated terrorist assault against multiple targets in the Upstate area. Participants include personnel from city, county, regional, state and federal entities in law enforcement, fire departments, emergency medical services, emergency management, public affairs and medical communities, as well as other key stakeholders from the private sector.
The workshop underscores the need for a whole community response. Objectives are to:
• Review existing preparedness, response and interdiction plans, policies, and procedures related to a complex terrorist attack;
• Identify gaps in plans, operational capabilities, response resources, and authorities;
• Identify federal, state, and local resources—including grants, training, exercises, and technical assistance—available to address potential gaps in capabilities;
• Improve situational awareness, recognize best practices, and encourage information sharing among all stakeholders in the event of a complex terrorist attack;
• Examine healthcare system and clinical challenges unique to a complex terrorist attack employing small arms and explosives;
• Examine the roles of the community and bystanders in a complex terrorist attack;
• Discuss a framework for immediate medical management of wounded in, or near, an attack site; and
• Identify and share best practices and lessons learned from case studies in medical preparedness.
The workshop is sponsored by the City of Greenville Police Department, Greenville City Fire Department, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Health System, the National Counterterrorism Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Media is invited to attend the welcome and opening remarks on Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. Speakers include Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis, Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller, Greenville Fire Chief Steve Kovalcik, Greenville Mayor Knox White and GHS President Spence Taylor, MD. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and Douglas Hemminghaus with the FBI will also speak.