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Southeast Regional Meeting scheduled for November 30, 2006 in Charleston, SC

The Southeast Regional Meeting of the NCORP Advisory Council was held in Charleston, South Carolina on November 30, 2006.  Hosts include the City of Charleston, Charleston County Emergency Preparedness, the Medical University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

This Southeast Regional meeting of the NCORP Advisory Committee was attended by 250 members of the business community, responders, academicians, faith-based and relief-based organizations.

The discussion focused on identifying readiness best practices for input into the National Blueprint. Sessions on evacuation, port security, and special needs were facilitated by local subject matter experts. A National Blueprint Best Practice Award was presented to Mayor Riley for the Charleston Neighborhood Presidents Network.

The National Blueprint is a real-time resource of readiness best practices for all communities and will be showcased at NCORP's National Congress in Washington, DC in February 2007.


1. Click here for the preliminary schedule of the meeting

2. Click here to view the invitation

3. Click here to register and pay by credit card online

4. Click here to register and pay by check or credit card by US Mail or fax using this printable form.

5. Event Location & Parking: Gaillard Auditorium Exhibition Hall & Gaillard Auditorium Garage

*Gaillard Auditorium Exhibition Hall is located at 77 Calhoun Street in the historic district of Charleston north of Broad Street and west of East Bay Street.

*Directions from I-26 East into Charleston At end of freeway, take far left exit (Meeting Street). Make a right at the end of the exit ramp. Take Meeting Street about eight blocks to Calhoun Street and turn left. Directions from Hwy.17 North into Charleston Take the bridge over the Ashley River and take the Lockwood Drive exit. Turn right onto South Lockwood Drive and follow signs to Calhoun Street, see left exit, and turn right on Calhoun Street.

*Gaillard Auditorium Garage is located on Alexander Street near Gaillard Auditorium Exhibition Hall. After turning onto Calhoun turn right on Alexander Street. Park in the parking garage on Alexander Street on the right, or in the parking lot on Alexander on the left across from the Auditorium. Street parking may also be available.

*Special Parking Rate: Present your invitation or registration confirmation to Gaillard Auditorium Garage on Alexander Street in Charleston on 11/30/06 for a special $3 flat parking rate

Click here for the Charleston Area Convention and Visitor Bureau for hotel information.

For registration inquiries, contact Ms. Roberts via or fax 804-228-4501. For program or sponsorship inquiries, please call Ms. Wyatt at 703-399-6929.

We would like to thank the following organizations for their generous in-kind contributions to the Southeastern Regional Conference: The Charleston Police Department Bagpipe Band, The Citadel Color Guard, McCrady's Restaurant, the City of Charleston.


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