Letter from Niagara County Department of Health to the Commission dtd 24 June Page: 1 of 2
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06/24/2005 09:24 716-284-4816 DEVEAUX WOODS SP PAGE 82
86/24/2605 09:43 716-439-7440 NIAG CTY HEALTH DEPT PAGE 82/83
PA srrR IM. K uNl, L., M. ]._ .
NlutGAA CJTOU Y DEPIMATbM'Ti OF DEi e
5467 Upper Motah Road, Suite 100 (f7 4397f743
Lockport, New York 14094-1194 7 43740 FPara
June :!4, 2005
Chainrru Anthony Principi
Base R:lignment and Closure Conmmiion
2521 S outh Clark Str t
Arling1nn, Virginia, VA 22202
Dear l Chainnan Principi and BRAC Commissioners:
Receztl!, the Niagara County Departm t of Health received a request from the Niagara Falls
Air arL Guard Base that their public he alth ofier rec eive training in all aspects of local public
health :rough the Niagara County Dearbtment of Health to increase surge capacity for
Since residentt Bush issued Presidenti d Decision Directive 8: National Prepardness (HSPD-8)
on DeIk:mber 17, 2003, we ha accelerated our local efforts in Niagara County bto assess our
risks, i.nerabilitie and capacities i I re and respond to large-scale emergeonies and threats
to the h wath and security of our local ad regional communities. The airbase has been an integral
plan nitg partner n our local and regional efforts as we have incorporated the DHS prescribed
capabi ; es.baed planning process o iuild up or critical capacity for homeland security.
Airba partner representatives sit on tese committees md more: Local Emergency Planning
Committee (LEPC), Health Emergenc. Alert and Respose Team (HEART) and Medical
Re~srvi Corp (MRC). Moreover, the ?s iagat Falls Air Base and Guard part ers a written into
our Iccal, municipal, county, regiomd, .ublc health and crossborder emergency plans.
As y know, inter-agency coorditio is absolutely estial to build response capacities and
to midtipte large-scale emerenies. A cent gap analysis of Our county demonstrates the need
fEor ot.nued partnership with the Nia ma Fills Air and Guard Base. The following illustrates
how tb air base coatributes to strategic: security and serves to augment readiness and critical
* Aviation support for domestic and crosse.-border security incidents
* ~ecure land and air translpo#r support fort release and dissemination of fideral
pharmaceutical and medical iSees
* Support for mass pophylazis a d vaccination
* I'ire and HAZMAT support
* Iimergesy Medical and Public Health System support
S T echnology and Commmicatic s infrastructre support
* 8mlgcncy Preparedness Tral nag end eorcises
* Disaster Recovery
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