NATIONAL RESPONSE FRAMEWORK
Module 2 – SLP
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)
- The intent of the SLP 1-4 is for you to implement the topics and materials learnt in the course to a “real life” scenario relating to a terrorist attack on U.S. soil in a major city sports arena.
- Each module’s Session Long Project builds upon the other, so you will add the modular sections within one document like chapters in a book.
- You will prepare your “plan” to address your own selected city’s characteristics and capabilities (e.g., if you are from California, you can present a plan for the Staples Center Sports Arena, Dodger Stadium, or the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles; or if you are from the Oakland/San Francisco area, the 49ers’ Stadium in San Jose or The Raiders Stadium Complex in Oakland).
- Follow the general scenario and additional information and updates provided in each Module.
- YOU are the Emergency Manager (EM) for your City (of choice) and from this capacity and role you will address the SLP tasks.
Scenario General Description
Date – August 1, yyyy
The Threat – Intelligence agencies have intercepted (from a credible source) a terrorist organization’s communication regarding a general coordinated plan to use improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to detonate bombs at a major USA city’s sports arena during an event at an arena holding about 10,000 spectators:
Three to five suicide bombers strategically pre-position themselves around the arena. They detonate their bombs and self-destruct in order to guarantee mass panic and chaotic evacuation of the arena.
One or two large vehicle bombs (LVB) are placed in a parking facility near the entertainment complex.
Finally, expecting mass casualties, the adversary agents will detonate an additional series of devices in the lobby of the nearest hospital emergency room (ER).
Timeline – The communication states only a general timeline for the attack to be executed within the month of September. No specific date is identified.
Key Implications – Casualties (about 100 fatalities and 500 serious injuries) will result at all incident sites and will include civilians, emergency personnel, and the suicide bombers. The LVB detonation outside the venue will result in the largest number of fatalities and injuries due to the population density expected.
NOTE – Life in the city will not be disrupted and all planned public events are not to be cancelled at this time.
Module 2 SLP – DHS and Intelligence – Assignment (You are the City EM).
Use the Explosives Standoff Distance guidance to refine your venue and hospital protection plan. Using the maps and diagrams from SLP Module 1, indicate where you will place vehicle checkpoints and visitor screening locations to detect VBIEDs and Suicide Bombers attempting to infiltrate your security cordon.
Image provided by: DHS, N.D, Bomb Threat Standoff Card, Retrieved from https://wellspringinfo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/bombThreatStandOffCard.png
While preparations are being made on the ground based on your plan in part 1, a meeting was convened by the State Governor with DHS officials and all the major city mayors, EM Director, and Chiefs from involved Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS agencies, and designated hospital leadership.
Prepare your list of 6 points you would like to raise at the meeting with the Governor and the DHS officials pertaining to:
- Equipment and Special Team Needs: From the State? From a Federal
Agency? Explosive Portal Monitors? Vehicle X-ray Systems? Bomb Squads?
- National Guard Need: You must be very specific in describing what mission or
tasks you want the National Guard to assist with (e.g., Medical Trauma Teams to
augment local Fire and EMS units for 2 days, security for vendor and visitor
entrances to the venue and hospital for 2 days, etc.).
- Intelligence updates: Diverse agencies working together and sharing
information about preparations and plans conducted by other ICs across the
nation. Law Enforcement procedures for updating key players?
- Diversity and Inclusion: There will be a good representation of civilian diversity
among potential victims. Will you require interpreters for civilian ESLs (English
as a Second Language) or can civilians assist in interpreting?
Note – Be specific to your state/city and venue needs and characteristics.
SLP Assignment Expectations
Length: This SLP should be 3-5 pages, not counting the title page and references.
References: At least two references should be included from academic sources (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles). Required readings are included. Quoted material should not exceed 10% of the total paper (since the focus of these assignments is critical thinking). Use your own words and build on the ideas of others. When material is copied verbatim from external sources, it MUST be enclosed in quotes. The references should be cited within the text and listed at the end of the assignment in the References section (preferably in APA format).
Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to question.
Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity.