WASHINGTON –Acting Assistant Secretary Gary Rasicot of the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) traveled to Detroit, Michigan, to meet with local leaders from CWMD’s signature biosurveillance program, BioWatch.
The local BioWatch Advisory Committee Chair and members attended the meeting along with the BioWatch field and laboratory leads. During the meeting, they discussed the status of the program and how CWMD can best assist them to protect their communities.
CWMD’s BioWatch Program gives warning of an airborne bioterrorist attack. While it is an integrated biodefense network that is federally funded and managed, it is locally operated. CWMD leads the program in over 30 metropolitan areas across the United States.
CWMD continues to support our communities and keep them safe by serving as the DHS focal point for countering weapons of mass destruction efforts. By supporting operational partners across federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, CWMD coordinates DHS efforts to safeguard the United States against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.