SACRAMENTO – Today marks the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and on United Airlines Flight 93. This anniversary has significant meaning for the United States, as well as for California. Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and homeland security advisor to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., has issued the following statement:
“With this year’s somber anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and United Airlines Flight 93, these events are benchmark moments in our nation’s history. It’s a reminder that the natural world’s hazards are not the only threats we face and the mission to keep our country, our state and our communities secure continues.
Today, while we honor and reflect on those who so senselessly lost their lives, those who were living their ordinary lives, but who reacted with extraordinary heroism, those emergency responders and recovery workers that sacrificed so much and all of those whose lives have been forever changed on this tragic day 16 years ago, it is important to remember that the threat of terrorism continues to be a factor in our daily lives, around the world and right here in California, as we witnessed as recently as December 2015 in San Bernardino with a terrorist attack consisting of a mass shooting and an attempted bombing.
The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, along with our partners at state, local, tribal and federal public safety agencies, and partners in private sector have been tasked with keeping California secure and remaining at the forefront of security, emergency readiness and planning. It is essential that this important task, also be taken seriously at home, as it requires all Californians in a unified effort to keep our communities safe and secure.
California has trained and outfitted thousands of public safety personnel for counterterrorism, including the establishment of the State Threat Assessment System and the California Cybersecurity Integration Center. As the years move on from 2001, we strive to improve intelligence sharing and build awareness to detect, deter and prevent acts of terrorism to safeguard all our communities.
I ask all Californians to help us in this mission, by actively being informed, getting engaged and remaining as vigilant as ever. If you see something suspicious, say something about it by calling 9-1-1 or inform your local police department. Empower yourself, your family and your friends with the confidence of being prepared and having a family plan.“