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Dhs Golden Guardian 2004

Dhs Golden Guardian 2004

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Golden Guardian 2004FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Executive Summary 1
Golden Guardian 2004FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Executive Summary ii
Homeland security preparedness involves a cycle of outreach, planning, capabilitydevelopment, training, exercising, evaluation, and improvement. Successful exercises lead toan ongoing program of process improvements. This After Action Report (AAR) is intended toassist agencies striving for preparedness excellence by analyzing exercise results as well as:
identifying strengths to be maintained and built upon,
identifying potential areas for further improvement, and
recommending exercise follow-up actions.This AAR was produced in accordance with the guidance provided in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) Homeland Security Exerciseand Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Volume II, Exercise Evaluation and Improvement.Accordingly, exercises are to be evaluated using the Exercise Evaluation Guides (EEG)provided in Appendix C. The numbered tasks used in this AAR follow those in Appendix C of HSEEP Volume II.The suggested actions in this report should be viewed as recommendations only. In somecases, agencies may determine that the benefits of implementation are insufficient tooutweigh the costs. In other cases, agencies may identify alternative solutions that are moreeffective or efficient. Each agency should review the recommendations and determine themost appropriate action and the resources needed (time, staff, and funds) forimplementation.The State of California held a series of exercises“Golden Guardian 2004” designed to test andstrengthen their current emergency responsecapabilities. The first exercise in the series, aSenior Leaders Seminar, conducted on June 28,2004 was designed to strengthen awareness andcoordination of emergency response plans andcapabilities. The second exercise, a tabletopexercise, conducted on July 8, 2004, was designedto test and evaluate emergency response plans,policies and procedures. The third and finalexercise was the 2-day statewide full scaleexercise, conducted on August 5-6, 2004, designedto test and evaluate operational and tacticalcapabilities of responding agencies.These exercises gave participants an opportunity toevaluate current response concepts, plans, andcapabilities for a response to multiple terroristincidents across the state of California. Theexercise focused on key emergency managementcoordination, critical decisions, and the integrationof Federal and State assets necessary to save lives
Golden Guardian 2004FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Executive Summary iii
and protect public health following a terrorist incident. The cycle of planning, training,exercising, and making improvements is key to success in conducting an emergency responseto a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incident. Follow-up exercises should test specificimprovements instituted as a result of these exercises.The Golden Guardian series of exercises were co-sponsored by the California HomelandSecurity Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), California Governor’s Office of EmergencyServices (OES), and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office for DomesticPreparedness (ODP).

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