WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, civilians, buildings and government facilities in the State of New York, Washington D.C. and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania were the target of multiple, coordinated terrorists attacks causing tremendous damage, injury and loss of life; and

WHEREAS, on September 14, 2001, the President declared a national emergency as a result of these attacks; and

WHEREAS, on September 24, 2001, the President issued an executive order finding that there is a continuing and immediate threat of further terrorist attacks on the United States constituting an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security; and

WHEREAS, the federal government has primary responsibility for the security and safety of the nation, state and local officials must assure California's readiness to prevent and respond to terrorists attacks and recommend such additional measures as may be necessary; and

WHEREAS, the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center was established on September 25, 2001 to coordinate the exchange and assessment of information regarding terrorism between state and local law enforcement agencies within California; and

WHEREAS, in 1999, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services joined with federal, state and local agencies to establish an inter-disciplinary committee known as the State Strategic Committee on Terrorism to plan for and develop programs to address terrorist threats;

, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, including the Emergency Services Act of Government Code section 8550 et seq., do hereby issue this order to become effective immediately:

IT IS ORDERED that the State Strategic Committee on Terrorism shall:

  1. evaluate the potential threat of terrorist attack;
  2. review California's current state of readiness to prevent and respond to a potential attack; and
  3. establish and prioritize recommendations for prevention and response.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the State Strategic Committee on Terrorism will consider the following areas:

  • The public and private infrastructure that support the people and the economy of California;
  • The facilities and systems for manufacturing, processing, transporting, disposing of and storing potentially dangerous substances;
  • The farms, ranches, feeding, processing, storage, delivery, and other systems that are part of the agricultural industry;
  • The railways, bridges, roadways, terminals, ports, and other transportation arteries;
  • The hospitals, emergency medical systems, and other health facilities and systems that are critical to our ability to rescue and administer to those who may be affected by terrorist acts;
  • The computers, computer networks, and other computing systems that provide essential data processing, systems control, and information channels;
  • The procedures of agencies and departments responsible for issuing licenses and/or regulating materials or processes that pose a potential terrorist threat;
  • The public employees, facilities, and systems that provide services necessary for the protection of our state.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that in developing its recommendations the State Strategic Committee on Terrorism shall consult and coordinate with the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol, who serves as the Governor's Intelligence Officer and liaison with the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a Subcommittee on the Protection of Public Health to the State Strategic Committee on Terrorism be established to develop recommendations on the public health response to biological and chemical threats. The Subcommittee shall include representatives from the University of California, medical and health care associations, public health organizations, law enforcement, and state agencies and departments.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the State Strategic Committee on Terrorism through the Office of Emergency Services shall include consultation with leaders of private industry who have knowledge and experience in security practices to solicit their expertise and recommendations.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the State Strategic Committee on Terrorism shall facilitate the development and review of educational and public information materials on prevention of and responses to conventional, nuclear, biological, chemical, cyber and agricultural-related terrorist threats.

that all State agencies reporting to the Governor shall cooperate with the State Strategic Committee on Terrorism and assist in the implementation of this Executive Order. All other State agencies as well as federal and local agencies, particularly those participating on the Committee, are requested to assist the Committee in carrying out its responsibilities under this Executive order.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Dallas Jones, Director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services and Chair of the State Strategic Committee on Terrorism, shall report by October 30, 2001, the Committee's initial recommendations in each of the above areas.

that as soon as hereafter possible, this order be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given to this order.