Summit aims to protect from terrorist attacks

Summit aims to protect from terrorist attacks
Ed Texeira
Ed Texeira

By Stacy Loe - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Security experts from 10 nations are in Hawaii to share what they know about terrorist attacks.

They're here for the Asia Pacific Homeland Security Summit.

In a packed room, all the talk is about security. Asia, Taiwan and indonesia are among the nations listening to Ed Texeira's every word. He's the head of Hawaii Civil Defense. And he explains why this year's theme is securing population centers.

"What got our attention was a change in tactics; that we saw terrorists using the Mumbai attacks of 2008 and the recent bombings in 2009," said Texeira.

Top security experts shared ways to recognize suspicious trends, and protect soft targets, like hotels.

Civil Defense says the threat in Hawaii is considered "low risk."

"We've never said Hawaii was really a safe place, but in Hawaii we are doing all we can with taxpayer investments and Homeland Security funding to shore up our capabilities to protect Hawaii and, above all, protect our visitors," said Texeira.

The summit, now in it's 7th year, is one of the most up-to-date ways to develop solutions to threats in the Asia-Pacific region.

"I learned a lot in terms of unified command systems, in terms of using the resources back home and applying all these concepts to ensure the safety of our homeland is in place," said Texeira.

And Ed Texeira says the more allied nations share and prepare, the better chance of warding off an attack.