What is the National Blueprint for Secure Communities

The Blueprint is a dynamic, ever-changing resource, written and compiled by community sector leaders, responders and experts, that identifies:

1) the challenges facing communities during the first 72 hours of crisis; 2) recommendations, ideas and best practices that might address the challenges; and 3) tools that the private and community sectors can provide to the public sector that augment and increase response and recovery capability.  Click here for a copy of the 2010 Best Practices.

For instance, in meetings with communities such as Galveston and Charleston, a number of best practices were identified and entered into the National Blueprint describing cross-sector collaborations that can be examples for other communities which are exploring ways to forge new partnerships.

Working in partnership with the Kennedy School of Government/Leadership for a Networked World (KSG/LNW) at Harvard University, the Community Institute for Preparedness, Response and Recovery (CIPRR) and the Corporate Crisis Response Officers Association (CCROA) are reaching out to first responders, local officials, the private and community sectors and citizens in these and other communities throughout the nation to develop the National Blueprint. The Blueprint is an asset to help develop templates for community pilot projects that each year serve as roadmaps for any community working to increase their public sector response capability during the first 72 hours of crisis by leveraging the assets and volunteers of the private and community sectors. Click here to read more ...

Community Challenges during the first 72 Hours of Crisis
Many American communities simply cannot afford to be prepared for all hazards, and often must stretch public sector resources and responders beyond capacity.  Being prepared therefore means developing strategies that allow every responder and resource to be focused on response and containment instead of being diverted to mitigation and law enforcement.  Working with special needs individuals, or managing the volunteers and materiel that arrives during crisis takes precious assets and personnel away from response and diverts them to other tasks.  Click here to read more...>> 

Recommendations that augment public sector capability
The NCORP National Task Force on Community Preparedness and Response (Task Force) has worked with the NCORP Advisory Committee to develop recommendations that help support the public sector response and recovery efforts. These solutions are grounded on public/private partnerships, best practices or simply collaborations between jurisdictions and organizations that support each other during crisis through mutual aid agreements. A Solutions Index lists these by heading, which are linked to more detailed information describing the purpose and need each solution meets.

Tools that leverage public and private assets during response and recovery
NCORP, the Kennedy School of Government and other partners have worked with community stakeholders to develop or identify private sector tools that can have a great impact in augmenting the public sector response and recovery capability.  Click Reports Index to read about how these tools can help implement specific solutions to the public sector response challengesOr, click Tools Index to view a listing in the National Blueprint and associated white papers.