Assess a suspected nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological event in support of the local Incident Commander. Advise the Incident Commander regarding appropriate actions. Facilitate requests for assistance to expedite arrival of additional state, federal and military assets to help save lives, prevent human suffering, and mitigate property damage.
In response to Presidential Decision Directive 39, the United States Army created Civil Support Teams to counter chemical/biological terrorist threat. The team managed under the National Guard and directed by the State Adjutant General, is completely self-contained and self-sufficient. The 95th CST's primary responsibility is to Northern California, but can be deployed anywhere within the United States or its territories. The team is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.