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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

TRIPOD

Remember the bio-terrorism exercise TRIPOD which was scheduled to take place on September 12, 2001 in New York City involving FEMA and the OEM? Below follow a few quotes and a screenshot from the original press release (which I was only able to locate with difficulty by scrounging through the internet archives). The only thing I could find on TRIPOD on the current version of OEM's site fails to mention the DOJ and the Office for Domestic Preparedness. Not to be confused with the Office of National Preparedness. That was the one which Dick Cheney was appointed to oversee in May of 2001. More on that here.

First let's get a quote from former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani to the 9-11 commission:
And the reason Pier 92 was selected as the command center was
because on the next day, on September 12th, Pier 92 was going to
have a drill. It had hundreds of people here, from FEMA, from the
federal government, from the state, from the State Emergency
Management Office, and they were getting ready for a drill for
biochemical attack. So that was going to be the place they were
going to have the drill. The equipment was already there so we
were able to establish a command center there within three days
that was two-and-a-half to three times bigger than the command
center that we had lost at 7 World Trade Center. And it was from
there that the rest of the search and rescue effort was completed.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 22, 2002
Release # 02-013 www.nyc.gov/oem

NEW YORK CITY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
HOLDS TRIAL POINT-OF-DISPENSING DRILL (TRIPOD)

Drill for Distribution of Medication In the Event of a
Biological Attack Had Been Scheduled for September 12, 2001

The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) today held the first-ever Trial Point of Dispensing drill-also known as "Operation TriPOD"-to test OEM's effectiveness in responding to a biological attack. TriPOD is a six-hour, real-time drill administered by OEM, in cooperation with the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ)

USDOJ Assistant Attorney General Deborah J. Daniels said, "The Office of Justice Programs, through its Office for Domestic Preparedness, is pleased to support the New York City TriPOD Exercise. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with the City of New York, through continued strong support of its domestic preparedness activities."





OEM From TESTIMONY OF
THE FORMER COMMISSIONER OF THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
BERNARD B. KERIK to the 9/11 Commission
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In 1996, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani improved our overall
ability to respond to major events or emergencies with the creation of the Mayor’s Office of
Emergency Management (OEM). Together with other city agencies like the Fire Department,
the Department of Transportation and the Department of Health, the NYPD now had a more
formalized mechanism to better plan, coordinate and practice for just about any crisis you could
imagine. The City, through its OEM, had coordinated plans for many types of emergencies; and
those plans were tested frequently. Not only were drills and tabletop exercises conducted, like
the one simulating a bio/chemical attack in the mass transit system, but actual emergencies like
blackouts, building collapses, storms, plane crashes, and a West Nile Virus outbreak, all tested
the effectiveness of the city’s coordinated response system.

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