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Gov. Perry Tours Counter-Terrorism Training at Port of Houston

Harris County exercise is one of 12 funded by $1 million grant from Governor’s Office

Tuesday, May 21, 2002  •  Press Release

HOUSTON - Emphasizing that recent federal warnings indicate a continuing need for counter-terrorism training, Gov. Rick Perry today toured a training exercise at the Port of Houston.

"In Texas, we will continue to patrol, monitor, train and take every precaution to detect and prevent terrorist attacks," Perry said. "We will continue to protect our citizens, our homes and places of business, and our natural resources from assault or contamination."

Today's training is one of 12 exercises funded by a $1 million grant from the Governor's Criminal Justice Division to the Division of Emergency Management (DEM) within the Texas Department of Public Safety. The three-day Port of Houston exercise, which will provide training for 400 emergency workers and first responders, simulates a catastrophic terrorist attack involving a weapon of mass destruction.

"In light of recent warnings issued by federal officials, we simply cannot rest or grow complacent in the anti-terrorism effort," Perry said. "Today's exercise is an important step in planning for disaster. We must all hope for the best, and we must all plan for the worst."

The governor noted that more than 6,000 emergency personnel already had received training to help respond to possible terrorist attacks as a result of the $1 million grant awarded to DEM last October. Today's training is the second of three exercises planned for Harris County. The third will take place at the Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports.

Previous exercises have been conducted in Hidalgo, Galveston and Brazoria counties.

A separate $261,000 grant from the Governor's Criminal Justice Division to the Texas Department of Public Safety has helped train 4,000 state and local peace officers and emergency workers to help deter and detect terrorist events.

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