Case Assignment

Local, State, and Federal Partnerships: 

Sometimes what appears to be a gas explosion, a local homicide situation, or a bomb threat may actually be instigated by domestic terrorists. Examples include drug-related terrorist acts, paramilitary radicals involvement, infrastructure sabotage, and toxins dispersal attempts.

Many Emergency Management Plans include a working partnership with local fire departments and law enforcement agencies.  This case requires to review and discuss a specific plan to include the San Francisco Bay Area regional emergency coordination plan.

For this level, access the following:

  1. National Response Framework, Fourth Edition (2019, October 28). FEMA. Retrieved from
    Read “Roles and Responsibilities for Response,” pages 25 to 37.
  2. National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS works hand in hand with the NRF. NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents, while the NRF provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level policy for incident management.

Respond to the following:

  1. Explain the chain-of-command structure when receiving information about a possible act of terrorism in your city. The incident is confirmed to be the work of terrorists.
    a. How does the local law enforcer handle a case of suspected terrorism?
    b. San Francisco Plan: What is the function of the Terrorism Liaison Officer?
    c. Explain the involvement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  2. Review the NRF and the NIMS in reference to terrorism (e.g., explosions, shootings, biological attacks) and note the locations in these documents.

What do the documents note concerning biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear terrorism?

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