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NCORP press briefing at the National Press Club
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June 20: The first 72 hours of a crisis are the most important times for a community to be prepared until federal, state and local emergency response operations can begin to help those residents in need. That was the message at the National Press Club on Tuesday when officials from local first responders and leaders of the private sector and academia gathered to discuss the creation and organization of the National Council on Readiness and Preparedness. Former Virginia Governor James Gilmore said, "We need to have a plan for the first 72 hours," so that, "NCORP can push forward on individual initiative to not wait for anyone else to do it for us. ... We can't wait any longer. We cannot expect the federal government to help us in the first 72 hours. There is no 'they'."

NCORP, a grass-roots organization, was formed to continue the work of the Gilmore Commission, a Congressionally-mandated commission begun during the Clinton administration, which was charged with identifying the most pressing security threats to the United States. Because of the nature of responding to an emergency, NCORP developed five key areas that would work to "integrate resources into the national template template by providing essential resources and networks that link them together."

Across the country since the attacks on September 11, 2001 and in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina, there have been local and regional efforts by the private sector and individual people to help bring together communities and organizations to build response plans, however those efforts have been "uneven and unorganized," according to Gilmore. NCORP would help "facilitate those efforts. ... We can't dictate what do, but we can suggest," he continued.

"There has to be a game plan," to coordinate state and local governments, the private sector and the community with the federal government because "there is a need for a vehicle to facilitate partnership with the Department of Homeland Security."

Through a program called the Ready America Initiative, NCORP outlined five major areas of emergency response and preparedness: addressing public health and medical situations, surge capacity and the ability of regional, local and community health officials to respond to a crisis; training and equipping citizens with the necessary tools to help respond to a threat or crisis; giving the public the necessary information to help make educated decisions about how to best prepare; providing information for federal, state, local and tribal communities on disaster readiness and networking; and helping to respond and contain an emergency when it happens.

NCORP is a 501c(3) established to enhance community and public/private partnerships concerning community preparedness. For more information about NCORP please visit the website at http://www.ncorp.org/ or call Governor Gilmore at 202.342.8506. Media Contact: Dan Kreske at 202.342.8561 (office) or 804.852.9042 (mobile).

 

 

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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

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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