tions Section has been designated as the state’s principal response component if a terrorist attack occurs. The HSB is improving its abilities to coordinate its organizational resources to prevent, deter, respond, and recover from a terrorist attack. The NJSP is applying new strategies to improve its capabilities for future threats. It is implementing the National Response Plan of the National Incident Management System, which provides organizational concepts and processes for effective, efficient, and collaborative incident management at all levels. The NJSP has entered into a partnership with 14 other state agencies to form the New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force. Through this unity and combination of resources, the state of New Jersey has significantly improved its capability to counter terrorism.
This statement from the Hurricane Katrina after-action report best sums up the actions of the NJSP HSB: “Terrorists still plot their evil deeds, and nature’s unyielding power will continue. We know with certainty that there will be tragedies in our future. Our obligation is to work to prevent the acts of evil men; reduce America’s vulnerability to both the acts of terrorists and the wrath of nature; and prepare ourselves to respond to and recover from the manmade and natural catastrophes that do occur.”
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