Tuesday marks the 17th 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:
Today, as we remember the anniversary of the terrorist attacks 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 of those who lost their lives and with those whose lives have been forever changed by these horrendous attacks. In the last 17 years, California has taken on leadership roles in responding to terrorism, including participating in Joint Terrorism Task Forces, protecting our critical infrastructure and establishing the State Threat Assessment System as well as the California Cybersecurity Integration Center. Meanwhile we have trained, exercised and equipped thousands of public safety personnel for counterterrorism operations, 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 continue 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 9-1-1 or your local police department and become aware and prepared for any emergency by developing and practicing a family plan, staying informed and building a kit of emergency supplies.