Annex V: Terrorist Incident Response

The purpose of this annex is to establish procedures for responding to the threat of, or an actual occurrence of a terrorist event at or near a LSCS facility. Emphasis is placed on the protection of life and property, enforcement of criminal laws, and coordination of or assistance in the movement of people and resources in and around the affected area. This annex also outlines operational concepts and tasks and assigns responsibilities for preparing for and responding to terrorist incidents that may occur.

Concept of Operations

The LSCS Police Department has the lead role in terrorism crisis management until relieved by the county Sherriff’s Office. The LSCS Police Department and County Sherriff’s Office will coordinate its’ efforts with state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Campus Presidents or the Senior Vice Chancellor will have the lead role in consequence management, taking measures to restore essential LSCS services and provide relief to those affected by the consequences of terrorism under the guidance of the lead law enforcement agency. However, The public health authority, i.e., Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Texas State Department of Health and Human Services or University of Texas Medical Branch – Montgomery County Health Department, may be assigned the lead local role in terrorism consequence management for incidents involving biological agents.

Responding to a threat or actual occurrence of terrorism will require involvement of all LSCS departments and many external resources and personnel, which may not normally respond to emergencies as part of their daily operations. The responsibilities of other county departments during emergency operations are identified in the LSCS Emergency Management Plan and in Annex V.

References

For more expansion of information on response, recovery, mitigation and prevention during a terrorist incident, please refer to:

  • LSCSDepartmental Emergency Plans
  • Jane’s Information Group, Jane’s Chem-Bio Handbook
  • U. S. Department of Transportation North American Emergency Response Guidebook.
  • LSCS Basic Plan
  • City of Houston Basic Plan
  • Harris County Basic Plan
  • Montgomery County Basic Plan
  • San Jacinto County Basic Plan
  • State of Texas, Emergency Management Plan