Guam to join topoff 4
by Marianas Variety
OFFICIALS from the government of Guam and the private sector are participating in a TopOff 4 long-term recovery tabletop exercise to be held in Washington, D.C.
The assessment of the recent TopOff 4 exercise will take place Dec. 4-5 at the Hilton Crystal City, Guam Homeland Security officials announced.
The team will also be providing a preliminary after-action brief to Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo to shed light on the potential shortfalls and immediate concerns that may accompany a possible radiological dispersal devise, or RDD, event on Guam.
The Guam delegation will join Oregon and Arizona officials as they work to identify gaps and deficiencies associated with the recovery missions, long-term radiation exposure, clean-up guidelines and communication strategies adopted and tested during the recent TopOff 4 exercise.
The intended outcome is to provide policy-level recommendations to senior officials through an “out-brief” to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other senior government officials.
Lt. Eric Fisher, Guam T4 exercise director, said Guam’s participation in the TopOff 4 exercise has proven to be a truly historical event, bringing together not only the exercise’s core planning team, but also key elected officials including the governor, the congresswoman and legislative oversight chair, which represents the unified approach Guam has taken throughout its TopOff 4 endeavor.
The TopOff 4 long-term recovery tabletop exercise is the final exercise in the congressionally mandated national counterterrorism exercise series.
The exercise will bring together leaders from federal, state, territory, tribal, and local governments, as well as the private sector and non-governmental organizations to focus on the recovery from simulated radiological dispersal device attacks in multiple U.S. locations.
Col. Dennis Santo Tomas, Guam Homeland Security advisor, said the value added by TopOff 4 and other such exercises will strengthen the island’s ability to demonstrate and test interoperable communications and regional collaboration, as well as identify and document critical infrastructure and key resources.
“With this, we force the nation to recognize the true significance of Guam and its assets. This will open up doors for funding to aid in the protection and security of such assets and allow for future training opportunities for our first and emergency responders,” Santo Tomas said.
Guam’s participation in the TopOff 4 planning conferences and related training are 100 percent funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.