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In the wake of the terrorist attacks of 2001, the Washington area has mobilized quickly to improve emergency preparedness, coordination, and response. On September 11, 2002, COG's Board of Directors approved a Regional Emergency Coordination PlanSM developed by the Board's Task Force on Homeland Security and Emergency Response for the National Capital Area. COG has held several workshops related to the RECPSM for regional officials. Visit the Program History page for information and related materials.

Having successfully fulfilled its mission, the Task Force ceded responsibility and oversight of homeland security policy to the Public Safety Policy Committee and a supporting National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council (EPC) as a result of Board action taken on November 13, 2002. Additionally, the Chief Administrative Officers Committee assumed authority over the new Regional Incident Communications and Coordination System (RICCSSM), a 24-hour, seven days-a-week communications capability that allows rapid contact between regional officials during an emergency.

The Planning Guidance for the Health System Response to a Bioevent in the National Capital Region document was developed through the cooperative effort of more than 225 individuals representing key government and private elements within the national capital region (NCR) that would most likely be involved should such an event occur. COG also provides a free on-line service to enable small businesses to create their own continuity of business operations plan. Additionally, many area local governments have created resources for their citizens on emergency preparedness. For more information, please e-mail the COG Information Center at infocntr@mwcog.org.

Program Contacts

David McMillion, Director, Department of Public Safety & Health (202) 962-3708

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