West Virginia ranks 36th of 50 states in the number of domestically focused counterterrorism and homeland security organizations (tied with Connecticut and Montana), and 22nd overall in organizations established or newly involved in counterterrorism since 9/11 (tied with Arkansas and Minnesota). In dollar amount, the state ranked 36th in fiscal 2009 in federal homeland security spending and 37th in domestic preparedness and antiterrorism programs. Measured per capita, the state ranked 20th in overall federal government expenditures.
State security snapshot
Organizations working on homeland security and counterterrorism: 38
Organizations that started this work after 9/11: 16
West Virginia is divided into six homeland security regions. The state is located in FEMA Region III; the Defense Coordinating Officer responsible for the state is in Philadelphia.
The West Virginia Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Fairmont is subordinate to the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia JTTF in Pittsburgh. Two additional JTTF annexes are operated in Charleston and Clarksburg. The U.S. attorney chairs Anti-Terrorism Advisory Councils (ATACs) in Wheeling and Charleston.
West Virginia is a member of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC). It is also a member of Southern Shield, a consortium of homeland security and law enforcement officials from 14 Southeastern states and territories. At the federal level, the FBI Pittsburgh Field Intelligence Group (FIG) covers West Virginia. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Intelligence Group in Philadelphia has jurisdiction over West Virginia.
The West Virginia Intelligence Exchange (also known as the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center) was established in 2008 and is a component of the state Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. The state-designated fusion center is also a member of the five-state/D.C. National Capital Region Fusion Center Directors Exchange Program, which include analyst exchanges, regional Suspicious Activity Reporting exchange, Terrorist Screening Center notifications, and exchanges of criminal or border crime data.
The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, part of the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, is the all-hazards agency responsible for counterterrorism. To assist in critical infrastructure protection, a DHS Protective Security Advisor is located in Charleston. West Virginia also hosts one of three National Guard Critical Infrastructure Protection-Mission Assurance Assessment (CIP-MAA) teams charged with conducting assessments in support of the Defense Department's Defense Industrial Base (DIB).
The West Virginia State Police is the statewide law enforcement agency. The Statistical Analysis Center, a unit of the Division of Criminal Justice Services, collects and analyzes criminal data and information. West Virginia falls under the jurisdiction of the FBI's Pittsburgh field office, which has resident agencies in Beckley, Charleston, Clarksburg, Huntington, Martinsburg and Wheeling.
The West Virginia Office of Emergency Services, part of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, is the state agency for coordinating disaster/emergency preparedness. The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated in response to large-scale emergencies beyond the resources of local emergency services offices.
|Organization||City||Started since 9/11|
|Harrison County Sheriff's Department||x|
|Beckley Resident Agency (FBI)||Beckley|
|ATAC Southern District of W.Va. (U.S. Attorney)||Charleston||x|
|Charleston Field Office (Postal Inspection)||Charleston|
|Charleston JTTF Annex (FBI)||Charleston||x|
|Charleston Resident Agency (FBI)||Charleston|
|Charleston Resident Office (Drug Enforcement)||Charleston|
|Charleston Satellite Office (ATF)||Charleston|
|Protective Security Advisor Charleston District (DHS)||Charleston||x|
|RAC Charleston (ICE)||Charleston|
|USAO Southern District of West Virginia (U.S. Attorney)||Charleston|
|USMS Southern District of W. Va. (Marshals)||Charleston|
|USSS Charleston (Secret Service)||Charleston|
|West Virginia Air National Guard||Charleston|
|West Virginia Citizen Corps Council||Charleston||x|
|West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety||Charleston|
|W. Va. Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management||Charleston||x|
|W. Va. Div. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management SEOC||Charleston|
|W. Va. Fire Marshal||Charleston||x|
|Clarksburg JTTF Annex (FBI)||Clarksburg||x|
|Clarksburg Resident Agency (FBI)||Clarksburg|
|USMS Northern District of West Virginia (Marshals)||Clarksburg|
|West Virginia JTTF (FBI)||Fairmont||x|
|Huntington Resident Agency (FBI)||Huntington|
|Joint Interagency Training and Education Center (JITEC) (Nat'l Guard)||Kingwood||x|
|West Virginia Army National Guard||Kingwood|
|Martinsburg Resident Agency (FBI)||Martinsburg|
|Martinsburg Satellite Office (ATF)||Martinsburg|
|Parkersburg Police Department||Parkersburg||x|
|West Virginia State Police||South Charleston||x|
|35th Civil Support Team (Nat'l Guard)||St. Albans||x|
|W. Va. Intelligence Fusion Center (WVIFC) / West Virginia Fusion Center (Nat'l Guard)||St. Albans|
|Vienna Police Department||Vienna||x|
|ATAC Northern District of W.Va. (U.S. Attorney)||Wheeling||x|
|USAO Northern District of West Virginia (U.S. Attorney)||Wheeling|
|Wheeling Police Department||Wheeling||x|
|Wheeling Resident Agency (FBI)||Wheeling|
|Wheeling Satellite Office (ATF)||Wheeling|
“Our State is home to over one hundred chemical plants, multiple coal-fired power plants, hundreds of miles of natural gas transmission lines, a port that is the 6th busiest in America in terms of tonnage, miles of coal mines, and a burgeoning coal bed methane gas industry and robust locks and dams systems. West Virginia occupies a critical place in the nations electrical grid. There is a multitude of public and private critical infrastructure in this state that interfaces with the economy, communications, energy and other integral resources that are critical to the continuity of life in the eastern portion of the United States. ... However, the greatest concern ... has an impact that reaches far beyond our states borders and has the potential to affect millions of Americans. It is no secret that Washington D.C. and New York City are at the top of the international terrorist hit list and that today's terrorists are looking at how to inflict the most catastrophic of blows on our nation. Therefore, it is not unreasonable, nor should we overlook the potential of a terrorist chemical, nuclear, biological or radiological attack on our nation's capital. Should this occur, it is of great concern to West Virginia, that vast numbers of Americans will evacuate the Baltimore-Washington area in a chaotic uncontrolled exodus.”Source: James W. Spears, West Virginia Homeland Security Advisor and Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Jan. 25, 2007
|Public Safety||Floods; Thunderstorms; Tornadoes; Winter storms; Extreme cold|
|Domestic Security||Jamaat ul-Fuqra|