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Crisis Response Summit in Indiana with Manchester College
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The National Council on Readiness and Preparedness co-hosted a summit on homeland security at Manchester College on Monday, Oct. 16.  Over 250 northern Indiana leaders involved in disaster preparedness and relief, emergency response and government leaders participated. Click here to read more...

NCORP also is visiting six much-larger cities across the nation, gathering best practices for community preparedness and response. North Manchester is one of the first such meetings. Information gathered in this national tour will help the agency develop a National Blueprint for Secure Communities.

NCORP Chair James S. Gilmore III will co-host the summit with Bernie Beier, director of Homeland Security for Fort Wayne and Allen County. Other cities on the summit tour are Boston; Charleston, S.C.; Tampa, Fla.; Galveston, Texas; Portland, Ore., and Arlington, Va.

"America's security depends on America's communities to effectively respond to large-scale crisis during the first 72 hours," said Gilmore, former governor of Virginia. "Domestic response is only as strong as our least-prepared community, and all first response to a natural disaster or an attack is local response."

The North Manchester summit will demonstrate how local government can partner with the private and community sectors to multiply responder capability during the first 72 hours of crisis, Gilmore said. The summit begins at 3 p.m. in Flory Auditorium of the Science Center on the North Manchester campus.

"Municipalities and first responders must be more self-sufficient at the local level," said Beier. "When there is a flood, tornado or other emergency, we have to act locally. We cannot wait for the state and federal government. They are good partners, but local first responders have to be organized and ready to respond in the crucial first 72 hours of a disaster."

Gov. Gilmore addressed the entire Manchester College student body about national security and civil liberties, followed by a noon question-and-answer session with about 300 first-year students studying the topics. The public was invited to those sessions, in Cordier Auditorium.

Gov. Gilmore headed the Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction also known as the "Gilmore Commission." Of the commission's 164 recommendations, 146 have been adopted by the federal government and Congress.

Manchester College's convocation series and its First-Year Colloquium focus on preparing students to engage in lively discussions on controversial topics. In addition to the balance between national security and our civil liberties, students are discussing safety and speed in the development of prescription drugs, global warming and freedom of speech.

Manchester College, with 1,056 students from 27 states and 26 countries, offers more than 55 areas of study in courses designed for faculty-student interaction. For more about Manchester College, visit http://www.manchester.edu/



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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...
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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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