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Salesforce.com used to meet residents' needs with recovery operations in New Orleans
March 13 '08: In New Orleans, one community almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina is rebuilding by utilizing a needs-based approach through an online database originally used for sales, NPR reported. The website, Salesforce.com is an online leader in software as a service, customer relationship management and business application delivery services, but because it can pair needs to capabilities, Broadmoor neighborhood resident Hal Rourk has turned it into a recovery tool.

Southwestern regional meeting in Galveston January 18, 2007
The Southwestern Regional Meeting of the NCORP Advisory Council will be held in Galveston, Texas on January 18, 2007.  Hosts include the City of Galveston, the Galveston Economic Development Committee, the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Galveston Port Authority.  This Southwestern Regional meeting is open to members of the business community, responders, academicians, faith-based and relief-based organizations who are encouraged to attend.  Click here to read more...

National Congress for Secure Communities
The National Council on Readiness and Preparedness is hosting the National Congress on Secure Communities in Washington, DC on December 17-18, 2007.  The Congress will bring together federal, state and local officials, first responders, members of the media, business leaders, non-profit organizations, academic experts, and other community leaders as Delegates to the Congress.  The Delegates, and Alternates who are not able to attend but are connected via the Internet, will help develop simple, effective ways to leverage the assets of the private and community sectors into the local public sector preparedness and response plan during the first 72 hours of crisis.  Click Here to read more...

Other NCORP News:

Southeast Regional Meeting November 30, 2006 in Charleston, SC

Crisis Response Summit in Indiana with Manchester College

Northcentral Regional Meeting - Novi, Michigan

NCORP press briefing at the National Press Club

Gov Gilmore receives highest Air Force civilian honor at Academy graduation

NCORP Joins Midwest Police Chiefs Summit May 4

March 31 Live Webcast of Harvard Forum Speech

NCORP and The Kennedy School of Government

New Undersecretary George Foresman sworn in

Preliminary transcript from November 16 Advisory Committee meeting

Network being developed with the National Joint Terrorism Taskforce

Advisory Committee Meets in Washington, DC on November 16, 2005

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NCORP and the Kennedy School of Government Collaborate on the National Blueprint for Secure Communities
Working in partnership with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the ReadyCommunities Partnership is reaching out to first responders, local officials, the private sector and citizens throughout the nation to develop the National Blueprint for Secure Communities. The Blueprint will be the focus of the first National Congress for Secure Communities in November and serve as a roadmap for any community striving for resiliency during the first hours of a national or large-scale crisis.  Click Here to read more...

National Press Club Briefing on National Blueprint June 20th
In partnership with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and it's non-profit, government and corporate partners, NCORP is reaching out to first responders, local officials, the private sector and citizens throughout the nation to develop a National Blueprint for Secure Communities. The Blueprint is a project under the ReadyAmerica Initiative, and was the focus of the National Press Club briefing at 11:30 a.m. on June 20, 2006.  The Blueprint will serve as a roadmap for any community working to reach a level of excellence in their preparedness.

Preliminary Report from Midwest Summit

The Midwest Summit Police Chiefs Association met May 3rd and 4th in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to develop public/private partnerships that augment and multiply community preparedness, response and recovery capabilities. NCORP joined the Summit to incorporate the output of the May 3rd Summit sessions into the National Blueprint for Secure Communities. Click Here to download the draft draft preliminary report of the Summit.

More Press Items:

Homeland Security Journal coverage

Speech at the Harvard Forum

The First 72 Hours Meeting Agenda

ReadyAmerica: The First 72 Hours

Photographs of the November 16th Meeting

Draft Transcript of Preparedness Congress

Richmond Times-Dispatch

December 17-18, 2007...
National Congress for Secure Communities  at the Capitol Hill Hyatt, Washington, D.C.

May 31, 2007...
Initial meeting in Hamilton County, IN with county/city stakeholders on the 5-community pilot project.

May 7, 2007 ...
Planning meeting in Charleston, SC with community stakeholders on the 5-community pilot.

April 25, 2007...
Meeting in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan for the 5-community Pilot.

January 18, 2007...
Southwestern Regional Meeting  of the NCORP Advisory Committee in Galveston, Texas

November 30, 2006 ...
Southeast regional meeting  of the NCORP Advisory Committee in Charleston, South Carolina.

October 16, 2006...
Crisis Response Summit brings officials from throughout northern Indiana to the campus of Manchester College ...

July 20/21, 2006
Detroit area regional meeting in Novi, Michigan at Walsh College, in partnership with Citizen Corps.

June 20, 2006...
NCORP Press Conference at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. to announce the Advisory Committee regional meetings.

June 15, 2006...
Conference call for invited press by Governor Gilmore on homeland security and national preparedness.  Contact Dan Kreske for details at dkreske@kelleydrye.com

May 3/4, 2006...
NCORP midwest regional meeting in collaboration with the Midwest Summitt 2006.

March 29/31, 2006...
Northeast regional meeting at the Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts

December 5, 2005...
Meeting at the National Counter Terrorism Center to develop an open standards committee to design the Essential Public Network (EPN)

November 16 . . .
Formation meeting in Washington, DC of the Advisory Committee to the National Task Force on Community Preparedness and Response

September 9-11 . . .
ReadyAmerica Homeland Roundtable in Chattanooga, Tennessee

August 10, 2006...
Code Red for international flights to the U.S. originating in the UK: Code Orange for commerical U.S. domestic flights; Code Yellow for the U.S.

July 7, 2005...
Code Orange for metropolitan transportation and rail systems

January 18, 2005...
Code Yellow is in effect

Why Your Membership in ReadyCorps Will Help Strengthen Homeland Security

September 11, 2001 has not only changed the way communities view their preparation and response to crisis, but also redefined the role that citizens and corporations have in helping their communities prepare for and respond to threat and crisis. Though local, state and federal governments are responsible at one level or another, there just are not enough resources to protect all communities and property at all times, nor to respond equally or quickly. The threat and the country are too open and large.

ReadyCorps' Role

The National Council on Readiness and Preparedness has formed ReadyCorps to bring corporations together with communities, responders and governments to increase community surge capacity during incidents of mass casualty or destruction. ReadyCorps members will establish a corporate Crisis Response Officer (CRO) for each corporate facility, to serve as a contact point between responders and corporations to share information and assets, create preparedness response strategies and generally develop simple but effective ways to train and prepare employees for threat or crisis as resources to the responder sector during community response.

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