Combating Terrorism: Opportunities to Improve Domestic Preparedness Program Focus and Efficiency, Report to Congressional Requesters [open pdf - 730KB]
The training and equipment that the Department of Defense (DoD) is providing to cities through the Domestic Preparedness Program have clearly increased cities' awareness of and should better prepare them to deal with a potential chemical or biological terrorist incident. Local officials in the seven cities praised the training program's content, instructors, and materials as well as DoD's willingness to modify the program based on suggestions from local officials. They also credited the program with bringing local, state, and federal regional emergency response agencies together into a closer working relationship. This report summarizes (1) the evaluation of the training and other benefits offered to cities under the Domestic Preparedness Program and (2) the methodology for designing and implementing the program, including the way in which cities were selected to participate, how cities' capabilities and needs were assessed, and the effectiveness of interagency coordination on this and other similar consequence management training and equipment programs.
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