Thompson Releases Report on Security for Mass Gatherings

WASHINGTON , May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Majority Staff of the Committee on Homeland Security, Chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), released a comprehensive report examining homeland security challenges for mass gatherings. The report, entitled "Public Health, Safety, and Security for Mass Gatherings" details 30 recommendations for what should be done by Federal, State, and local governments, as well as the private sector to protect the public should an act of terrorism or disaster occur.

The report shows that mass gatherings such as the Super Bowl, NASCAR races, concerts, and political conventions could be terrorist targets. While the public health, first responder, law enforcement, and intelligence communities are doing the best they can with what they have -- more can and must be done. The report's recommendations focus on countering biological terrorism and other threats to human health, planning for emergencies, and sharing information and resources.

Chairman Thompson issued the following statement with the release of the report:

"First responders and their partners are working hard to ensure public health, safety and security at large-scale mass gatherings. The external threat to these venues is real and rising as interest in targeting mass gatherings grows. Without increased Federal support and guidance, they will remain vulnerable."

Link to Report: http://homeland.house.gov/SiteDocuments/20080513105623-98169.pdf

SOURCE Committee on Homeland Security



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