San Diego County Office of Emergency Services played host to today’s California BioWatch Advisory Committee. The BioWatch Program provides early detection of a bioterrorism event and helps communities prepare a coordinated response.
BioWatch is managed by the Office of Health Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security and operated by a network of scientists, laboratory technicians, emergency managers, and public health officials.
BioWatch also helps California jurisdictions develop response plans to prepare for worst-case scenarios. Local, state, and federal BioWatch stakeholders hold exercises to test, evaluate, and continually improve coordination, communication, and decision making in the event of a biological attack.
The California BioWatch Advisory Committee is a group of stakeholders and external partners, who meet regularly to discuss and review operations and response plans.
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