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Commitment to Prepare for Crisis

NCORP is seeking advisors with a wide and deep range of experience in threat and crisis preparedness and response, as well as knowledge and capability in community organization, legal and public policy, terrorism, national and international security and WMD and bio agents.

After serving 5 years as the chairman of the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, I established NCORP with other leaders in homeland security to help continue the Commission’s work in developing a meaningful, community-level program that brings together all the stakeholders—responders, medical, military, government, corporate, academic, community—to educate, communicate and train every citizen to be ready and prepared to respond to threat and crisis.

The Honorable James S. Gilmore III, NCORP Chairman
Chairman, the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism
Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (1999-2004)
Governor of Virginia (1998-2002)

ReadyAmerica Homeland Initiative

The ReadyAmerica Homeland Initiative is a series of programs and a public service announcement (PSA) to educate and train the private sector and citizens on their role in community preparedness and response to terrorism.

NCORP’s mission is to establish community-level programs and public/private partnerships that strengthen homeland security through education, training and communication between citizens, businesses, governments and responders/law enforcement and medical professionals.

Former Governor Jim Gilmore (Virginia) established NCORP to continue the work of the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (known as the Gilmore Commission) which issued a recommendation to develop a broad and central role for the citizen and private sector in homeland security.

NCORP has launched four programs that generally represent the various stakeholders in community readiness and preparedness: ResponderCorps, ReadyCorps, GuardianCorps and CitizenGuardian. These programs are developed by an institute that NCORP has established called the Institute for Community Preparedness and Response (ICPR), which works with academic and government organizations to identify and develop on-going action plans for each of these programs.

ICPR is developing the role and responsibilities of the Crisis Response Officer (CRO), a new corporate position with specific duties to integrate corporate assets and employees into community preparedness and readiness plans with the governmental and responder/law enforcement sectors. CROs will be a corporation’s internal and external coordinator preparing for, responding to and recovering from crisis.

ICPR is also forming partnerships with academic & government organizations to develop regional Community Preparedness and Response Training Centers (CPRs) to train responders, community leaders and CROs in a joint program to improve the communication between the responder/law enforcement and corporate sectors, and increase the knowledge and understanding about the unique challenges, needs and capabilities of the other; and to create an exchange of information on products, methods, materials and procedures that could help the responder community perform their role in a cost efficient and effective way.

Following are brief descriptions of NCORP programs being developed by ICPR:

ResponderCorps: a legislative and policy initiative to create standing reserves of highly trained & specialized state responders available to governors during emergencies.

ReadyCorps: a program that advocates creation of a Crisis Response Officer (CRO) in corporations, and encourages the private sector to take an active role in education, training and community preparedness, response and recovery.

GuardianCorps: a program to link professional/volunteer responders with corporations and organizations throughout the community to improve information flow, training, preparedness, response strategies; and knowledge about preparedness and response products, methods, materials & procedures.

CitizenGuardian: a program to train employees and citizen in specific roles in community communication, preparedness and response, to form a ReadyPool of volunteers upon which a community can rely during threat or crisis.

NCORP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. with program offices in Virginia. Contributions to NCORP are tax-deductible.

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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.

Homeland Security Journal coverage
NCORP and the Kennedy School of Government convened a meeting in March with leaders in government, industry, response and community sectors to help develop the format for a national template for community response.  Homeland Security Journal attended the meeting and has prepared a cover story for their April printed issue.  Click here to visit the homepage, and read the cover story "ReadyAmerica - the First 72 Hours"...

Speech at the Harvard Forum
Governor Jim Gilmore, Chairman of NCORP, addressed the joint Harvard/NCORP homeland security conference on March 31 in the Harvard Forum.  The text of the speech can be download by clicking here, or viewed online through the Kennedy School of Government website by clicking here...

The First 72 Hours Meeting Agenda
Advisory Committee members and critical sector experts met at the Kennedy School of Government to develop a national template to help communities harness the assets and resources of the private sector, community organizations and citizens to augment and multiply their preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.  Please click here to download a copy of the agenda...

ReadyAmerica: The First 72 Hours

The National Task Force and the Advisory Committee are developing a national template to help communities prepare and respond to crisis.  NCORP has developed 5 policy initiatives that augment local response and help multiply preparedness and response capabilities.  These policy initiatives will help form part of the template, and will be developed more completely through regional meetings...click here to download the summary

Photographs of the November 16th Meeting

During the Advisory Committee meeting, photographer Robert L. Knudson recorded many of the attendees and discussions in still photographs, which can be purchased directly from him through the professional service website PhotoReflect.com.  Please visit the site to view over 400 photographs... visit photographs link>>

Draft Transcript of Preparedness Congress

December 15: Over 600 mayors, police and fire chiefs, EMS directors, health care representatives, corporate and association representatives and community leadership met in Washington for the formation meeting of the Advisory Committee to the National Task Force on Community Preparedness and Response. The draft transcript of the introduction and general sessions has been made available for review by the participants, to correct and use as the basis for the regional meetings for 2006...read or download the transcript>>

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Partnerships Offer Opportunities for Domestic Preparedness...On September 11, 2001, I was Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  On the morning of the terroist attack at the World Trade Center, I was in the Executive Mansion on Capitol Square in Richmond...read more or download >>

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

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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