City of East Point

Response To A Terrorist Threat

 

 

March 19, 2003 

Although the U. S. Department of Homeland Security raised the terrorist threat level from Code Yellow to Code Orange, we want to assure all citizens of the City of East Point that your city government and public safety officials are doing everything possible to prepare for any type of emergency situation or disaster. 

Since the tragedy on September 11, 2001, we have been working on security and preparedness issues.  We have taken numerous steps to improve security and safety at government and public utility sites. 

Our preparations included increased communication and cooperation with all agencies and municipalities in Fulton County.  The State of Georgia Department of Homeland Security and the Fulton County Emergency Management Agency were instrumental in helping us to develop disaster response plans. 

City Public Safety officials continue to meet with officials from local agencies, MARTA, Norfolk Southern Railroad, South Fulton Medical Center and the Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport to update plans and coordinate resources. 

We ask all residents of the City of East Point to report any suspicious activity to the Police Department by calling 9-1-1. 

Please take a moment to review our preparations and recommended actions.  The safety and welfare of all East Point residents is our utmost concern.

 

Sincerely,
Honorable Patsy Jo Hilliard
Mayor

 

Emergency Preparations

Since the September 11, 2001, City of East Point Public Safety officials have attended monthly meetings with local, regional, state and military agencies and the Fulton County Emergency Management Agency to develop plans and discuss Homeland Security issues.  Through this planning process the City has taken numerous steps to improve emergency preparedness and response, to include:

-  City officials signed mutual aid agreements with other local governments.

-  A regional response plan was developed which included input from local governments, military, health care and transportation officials.

-  Public Safety officials reviewed and updated response plans and conducted training exercises with South Fulton Medical Center, MARTA, Norfolk-Southern Railroad, and the Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport.

-  Potential Terrorist Target Sites were assessed and identified.

-  Vulnerability Assessments were performed on vital city buildings and utility infrastructure.

-  Security was enhanced at key government and public utility sites.

-  Police and Fire personnel participated in a multi-jurisdictional Weapons of Mass Destruction exercise which tested our response and inter-agency coordination.

-  Public Safety and EMS personnel were equipped with first aid kits, gas masks and personal protection equipment.

-  The City of East Point joined a database of emergency resources and equipment that will be made available throughout Fulton County in the event of an natural or man-made disaster.

-  Mayor Patsy Jo Hilliard hosted the Mayoral Seminar for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Incident Preparedness, which provided a forum for municipalities throughout the State of Georgia to come together to discuss planning and preparedness issues.

-  Public Safety command personnel received training in the National Interagency Incident Command System (NIIMS).

-  Public Safety communications was upgraded with the acquisition of several 800 MHz radios, the reverse E911 system, and access to mobile command/communications centers provided by Fulton County, and MARTA.

-  The City of East Point Emergency Warning Siren System was tested along with the Reverse E911 system which will play an important part in alerting citizens should an emergency situation occur.

-  The City of East Point has developed a list of emergency shelters in the City which are capable of housing a large number of people and has the ability to provide food and sleeping accommodations.

-  The Police and Fire Chiefs completed training for Elected and Appointed Officials on Anti-Terrorism Awareness prepared by the Georgia Public Training Center.

-  The City of East Point continues to provide the R-U-O-K periodic medical call-back system for elderly or disabled residents upon request.

-  An automated call-up system was installed to alert all public safety employees quickly in case of an emergency or natural disaster.

 

Recommended Actions

We recommend that citizens take the following steps to prepare for natural or man-made disasters:

Create a family disaster plan.

-  Identify potential disaster scenarios.

-  Create list of emergency numbers and family contact numbers.

-  Practice what to do if evacuation is needed.

Build a disaster kit.

-  Include supplies you would need whether evacuating or sheltering in a place.

-  Place contents in easy-to-carry container (backpack or duffle bag).

-  Pack water, non-perishable food items, flashlight, radio, extra batteries, medications, diapers, infant formula, etc.

-  Obtain a programmable National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio.

Get trained.

-  To get First Aid, CPR and automatic defibrillator (AED) training from the American Red Cross, contact 1-866-GET-INFO (1-866-438-4636).

-  The East Point Fire Department is conducting training in get First Aid and CPR, with classes forming now, contact (404) 765-1167.

Volunteer

-  Numerous volunteer organizations need your help.

Get Information

-  Stay informed of news broadcasts.

-  View periodic updates and announcements on the City of East Point Cable Channel

-  View information provided on the Internet.

City of East Point

East Point Police Department

East Point Fire Department

Fulton County Emergency Management Agency

Georgia Department of Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Federal Emergency Management Agency For Children

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Disaster Preparedness

American Red Cross