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Border Goal Emergency Preparedness and Response


									         Border 2012 Goal 5
Emergency Preparedness and Response
      Border-Wide Workgroup

         Goal 5 May 10, 2011
   Seventh Meeting of the National Coordinators
              San Antonio, Texas
               Border 2012 Goal 5
      Emergency Preparedness and Response
          Current Priorities & Initiatives
   Agency Communication Protocols
   U.S.-Mexico Bi-National Notification System
   Proposed Border-Wide Workgroup Charter and Work
      New Goal 5 Sub-Objectives: Enhance Joint
       Preparedness for Environmental Response
   New Goal 4: Improving Chemical Safety—duplication of
   Upcoming Border Events
          Agency Communication Protocols

   Best approaches to improve and exchange
    information on border initiatives and events,

    -   Face to face meetings;
    -   Regular conference calls; and
    -   Specific activities not previously planned
U.S.- Mexico Bi-National Notification System

               Mexico                                                     U.S.
               CENACOM                                               NATIONAL RESPONSE
                                                                        CENTER (NRC)

   National              COATEA /
  Response                                                                                   State           Regional
                         PROFEPA                                         Co - Chair
 Centre (NRC)                            CENACOM          COATEA /                       Representa-      Offices USEPA
                                                                         USA (JRT)
                                                          PROFEPA                         tives USA

                      Co – Chairs
  Co - Chair          PROFEPA-
                                         Co – Chairs
  USA (JRT)         Protección Civil
                       Méx (JRT)
                                       Protección Civil                                                Telephone
                                          Méx (JRT)


     CENACOM: National Communications Center (Civil Protection SEGOB)                       @          E-mail

     COATEA: Center for Orientation and Attention to Emergencies (PROFEPA)
     ISJRT: Incident-Specific Joint Response Team
     JRT: Joint Response Team (Co-chairs Mexico – PROFEPA, Protección Civil, Co-chair U.S. –
        Proposed Border-Wide Workgroup
             Charter and Work Plan
   The purpose of the draft charter is to document and
    communicate Border-Wide Workgroup (BWWG)
    purpose and organization, including:
    -   Workgroup Mission
    -   Workgroup Goals and Objectives
    -   Workgroup Membership and Attendance
    -   Workgroup Member Roles and Responsibilities
    -   Workgroup Meeting Schedule and Duration
   The purpose of the Work Plan is to facilitate
    agreement on annual BWWG priorities and major
    Proposed Border-Wide Workgroup Charter
              Mission Statement
   Goal 5 of the U.S.-Mexico Border Program calls for both
    countries to jointly strengthen emergency preparedness and
    response capabilities along the U.S.-Mexico border. The
    BWWG was created to enhance cross-border collaborations,
    increase emergency preparedness, and reduce risk related to
    chemical hazardous substances contingencies or emergencies
    in the border region. In addition, EPA, PROFEPA and Civil
    Protection agreed to jointly enhance border notification and
    agency communication protocols to expand the participation of
    all stakeholders in events proposed by the Border-wide
    Proposed Border-Wide Workgroup Charter
        Member Roles & Responsibilities
   BWWG members serve as representatives of their agency or
    Region/program office.
   BWWG members are responsible for communicating information
    regarding border events (e.g., meetings, trainings, exercises) to
    relevant state, local, and federal agencies in their countries.
   Administrative support for BWWG meetings and regular conference
    calls will rotate among EPA, PROFEPA and Civil Protection.
   The annual face-to-face meeting will alternate between Mexico and the
   Representatives from the BWWG attend the annual Joint Response
    Team (JRT) meeting.
   BWWG reports on workgroup initiatives, priorities, accomplishments,
    and progress at the annual National Coordinators Meeting (NCM).
    Proposed Border-Wide Workgroup Charter
          Suggested Meeting Schedule
   Conference Calls:
     - Purpose: Progress updates of ongoing assignments/tasks and
       specific issue discussions.
     - Duration: 60-90 minutes.
     - Schedule: Monthly at a date and time to be determined by the
       Workgroup during the previous month’s conference call.
   Face-to-Face Meetings:
     - Purpose: Report-outs from Workgroup meetings and general
       sessions to build consensus and formally approve work products
       and recommendations for action.
     - Duration: One to two days.
     - Location: Meetings will be held in Mexico and the United States at
       locations proximate to the shared border.
     - Schedule: Face-to-face working meetings will be planned at least
       once a year.
    New Goal 5 Sub-Objectives: Enhance Joint
    Preparedness for Environmental Response

   Objective 1: On an annual basis, continue to test
    and update the emergency notification mechanism
    between Mexico and the United States.
     – Sub-objective 1a: Update as necessary, the 2008 Mexico-
       US Joint Contingency Plan
    New Goal 5 Sub-Objectives: Enhance Joint
    Preparedness for Environmental Response

   Objective 2: By 2016, have the US-Mexico JRT
    design a comprehensive strategy for the updating of
    eight sister city joint contingency plans to include
    preparedness and response activities associated the
    environmental impact of (all) hazardous incidents.
     – Sub-objective 2a: By 2020, 50% of sister city joint
       contingency plans will be supplemented with preparedness
       and prevention related efforts, such as certified training, risk
       analysis, and capacity building.
    New Goal 5 Sub-Objectives: Enhance Joint
    Preparedness for Environmental Response

   Objective 3: By 2016, the US-Mexico JRT strategy
    will make available technical outreach materials for
    distribution along the border.
   Objective 4: By 2016, research existing agreements
    (including sister city plans) that allow transboundary
    movement of equipment and personnel for
    benchmarking purposes.
     New Goal 4: Improving Chemical Safety

• Does this new goal duplicate Goal 5?

  Presentation Title                         12
                Upcoming Border Events

   August 17-18, 2011: U.S.-Mexico Knowledge
    Exchange on Incident Command System (ICS) and
    Exercise Design (San Diego, CA)
    -   Lessons Learned from Past Incidents
    -   ICS Overview
    -   Introduction to Exercise Design
    -   Facilitated Table Top Exercise Focusing on Unified
        Command and JCP Notification and Activation
    -   Distribution of translated FEMA ICS-100 and ICS-200
        Instructor Guides and Student Manuals
           Upcoming Border Events (cont.)

   June/July 2011: equipment transfer and hazmat
    training for Brownsville/Matamoros (EPA Region 6)
   September 2011: Baja California Task Force San
    Diego/Tijuana exercise (EPA Region 9)
   October 2011: Arizona Sonora exercise (EPA
    Region 9)
   September 20-22: El Paso, TX, Hazmat/CBRN/Oil
    Spill knowledge exchange and TTX; Tri-State EM
    Task Force
          U.S.–Mexico Border 2012
    Emergency Preparedness and Response
             Program Contacts

Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente
   Lic. Yanet Manzo, Co-presidente (
   Ing. Enrique Ortiz, Director de Emergencias
Secretaría de Gobernación, Coordinación General
de Protección Civil (SEGOB):
   Lic. Laura Gurza, Coordinadora General (
   Lic. Ana Lucia Hill, Directora General (
          U.S.–Mexico Border 2012
    Emergency Preparedness and Response
             Program Contacts
EPA Headquarters (Washington, DC):
   Dana Tulis, Co-Chair (
   Mark Mjoness (
   Beatriz Oliveira (
EPA Region 6:
   Ragan Broyles (
   Jim Staves (
EPA Region 9:
   Dan Meer (
   Kay Lawrence (
   Lida Tan (

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