HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

27

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 
   


HOUSE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

requesting the department of defense to conduct a study oN statewide efforts to prevent terrorism, the state's level of preparedness in the event of a terrorist act, and the timeliness and effectiveness of the state's emergency response system.

 

 

WHEREAS, after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it is critical that the State of Hawaii review and assess its security measures to protect Hawaii and its people and prevent future terrorist attacks; and

WHEREAS, the statewide needs assessment and Three-year Strategic Plan that were completed before September 11, 2001, determined that the State needs $4,500,000 for equipment for terrorism preparedness; and

WHEREAS, since September 11, 2001, the Department of Defense reassessed statewide equipment needs and submitted to the United States Department of Justice a revised estimate of $7,100,000 ; and

WHEREAS, in addition, the Civil Defense Division of the Department of Defense and the Department of Health have been working together to create a plan of action in the event of a chemical or biological attack; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Defense created the Hawaii Emergency Preparedness Executive Committee to bring together various agencies to share information, particularly intelligence, with regard to terrorism and homeland defense; and

WHEREAS, agencies participating in the Hawaii Emergency Preparedness Executive Committee include:

(1) The Federal Bureau of Investigation;

(2) The United States Secret Service;

(3) The United States Attorney General;

(4) The Federal Aviation Administration;

(5) The United States Army Pacific;

(6) The Fourteenth United States Coast Guard District;

(7) The United States Pacific Command;

(8) The Joint Intelligence Center Pacific;

(9) The Federal Postal Inspector;

(10) The County Civil Defense Administrators;

(11) The County Fire Chiefs;

(12) The County Police Chiefs;

(13) The Office of Attorney General;

(14) The Department of Transportation;

(15) The Department of Accounting and General Services;

(16) The Department of Health;

(17) The Department of Public Safety;

(18) The Department of Defense; and

(19) The University of Hawaii School of Medicine;

and

WHEREAS, a statewide study on Hawaii's preparedness for terrorist attacks will greatly improve the State's capabilities by helping to identify areas of weaknesses that can be strengthened before an emergency strikes; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, the Senate concurring, that the Department of Defense, with the cooperation of the Hawaii Emergency Preparedness Executive Committee, is requested to conduct a study on the following:

    1. Statewide efforts to prevent terrorism;
    2. The State's level of preparedness in the event of a terrorist act; and
    3. The timeliness and effectiveness of the State's emergency response system;

and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the study include but not be limited to:

    1. The status of the Hawaii Emergency Preparedness Executive Committee's efforts to share intelligence and coordinate interagency response planning;

(2) A review of the overall effectiveness of the Hawaii Emergency Preparedness Executive Committee, including suggestions for improvement or possible reformation;

(3) The State's capability to link all emergency operating systems, including state, federal, and county systems to improve response time;

(4) The feasibility of using state-of-the-art technology to provide quicker warnings of threats, better surveillance of at-risk facilities, and a single operating course common to all agencies involved;

(5) Methods to educate the public about new security measures so that citizens will be well-informed and able to take prudent action to remain safe; and

(6) The estimated cost for the operation of homeland defense in the State;

and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Defense report its findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2003; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Adjutant General.

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

Terrorism Preparedness Study