SACRAMENTO – Today marks the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and on United Airlines Flight 93. In light of this deeply significant anniversary for the United States, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and homeland security advisor to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., issued the following statement:
“Today, as we remember the anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States of America, targeting the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and United Airlines Flight 93, these events still stand as salient reminders that terrorism remains a threat to our nation and even our state.
Our thoughts are with those who lost their lives and those whose lives have been forever changed by these tragic attacks. Unfortunately, terrorism remains a reality and California continues to be at risk for attacks, as we witnessed in San Bernardino in December 2015, one of the worst extremist-inspired mass shooting events in U.S. history.
In the last 15 years, California has taken on leadership roles in responding to terrorism, including the establishment of the State Threat Assessment System and the California Cybersecurity Integration Center. Meanwhile we have trained and equipped thousands of public safety personnel for counterterrorism, in an ongoing effort to make our communities and our state safer and better prepared at the local, regional and state levels.
As the years go on, we are ensuring that California continues to deepen the relationships of three critical partners in our ongoing effort to counter terrorism: the community at-large, law enforcement & other public safety entities and our Threat Assessment System, to continually improve information sharing, prevent violent extremism and protect both our rural and urban communities throughout our great state.
I ask all Californians to help us in this important effort by remaining as vigilant as ever. This day in history is a stark reminder that the threat of terrorism, both foreign and domestic, remains. If you see something suspicious, say something about it by calling 911 or your local police department and become aware and prepared for any emergency by developing a family plan and building a kit of supplies.”