Cancun, Mexico: Bioterrorism Tabletop Exercise (TTX)

Event Description: 

The Organization of American States (OAS) Bioterrorism Tabletop Exercise (TTX) was held on November 11-14, 2009 in Cancun, Mexico.

Goal:

This exercise aimed to provide an opportunity to examine plans, processes, and procedures for ensuring public health and safety and preserving national and regional commerce and trade after an intentional biological attack.

Objectives:

  • Begin development or improvement of local and national plans for Mexico to respond to a bioterrorism incident by examining coordination and integration of response resources.
  • Examine command and control issues between multiple health and law enforcement agencies.
  • Discuss ways to align and enhance the respective efforts of the medical and law enforcement communities in identifying the nature of a terrorist-initiated biological weapons incident.
  • Examine medical capabilities and discuss regional and international coordination.
  • Review capabilities to recognize, detect, and monitor a bioterrorism incident.
  • Discuss procedures to provide timely and accurate information to the local population and the world community.

Summary:

This event, called Exercise Fahrenheit 161, was sponsored by the OAS and hosted by the Government of Mexico. An integrated approach combined academic plenary sessions with discussion-based TTXs that included breakout sessions to engage players and reinforce subject material. A total of 115 representatives from Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic actively participated in plenary and break-out group discussions.

Date: 
Wed, 11/11/2009 to Sat, 11/14/2009
Venue: 
Royal Cancun Hotel
Event Coordinator: 
Mike Midgley
Presenters or VIPs: 
Mr. Edward You, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Dr. Humberto Montiel, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Dr. Greg Martin, Uniformed Services University
Col Rick Jenkins, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Northern Command (NORTHCOM)
Dr. Jody Wireman, NORTHCOM
Mr. Lance Brooks, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Mr. Steve Bailey, WA Emergency Management
Mr. Luis Guillermo, International Criminial Police Organization (INTERPOL)
Ms. Brooke Courtney, Center for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburg
Mr. Ben Hiller, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
Mr. Senad Abd. Al Hassan Muhi, United Nations 1540 Committee
Mr. Brian Lewis, U.S. Department of State
Mr. Andres Toledo, INTERPOL