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Program History

November 14, 2001: COG Board Meeting
Resolution (R36-01) establishes the Ad Hoc Task Force on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (PDF 6 KB)

December 13, 2001: Annual Meeting
COG held its Annual Meeting and Issues Conference—"Terrorism: Defending Globally- Responding Locally Preparedness in the National Capital Region"— on Thursday, December 13, 2001, at the National Press Club

January 9, 2002: COG Board Meeting:

April 10, 2002: COG Board Meeting

June 6, 2002: Familiarization Workshop
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) held a one-day workshop to familiarize participants with the communications and planning foundation for regional emergencies on a local, state, regional, and Federal level. The following workshop materials are available:

September 11, 2002: COG Board Meeting
The Board unanimously approved the recommendations of the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Task Force. These recommendations included adopting the the Regional Emergency Coordination Plan and transmitting the Memorandum of Understanding from April 10 for signature by relevant parties.

  • Resolution R32-02: Resolution Adopting Regional Emergency Coordination Plan
  • Press Release: COG Board Approves Final Emergency Coordination Plan for the National Capital Region

November 13, 2002: COG Board Meeting
The Board assigned homeland security policy oversight to the Public Safety Policy Committee and the supporting National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council. Additionally, the Board assigned the Chief Administrative Officers Committee oversight of the new Regional Incident Communications and Coordination System (RICCSSM). The RICCSSM allows rapid communication between regional officials during an emergency.

  • Resolution R49-02: Resolution Adopting Regional Emergency Coordination Plan
  • Resolution R50-02: Resolution Adopting Regional Emergency Coordination Plan
  • Resoluton R51-02: Resolution Adopting Regional Emergency Coordination Plan
  • Resolution R56-02: Resolution Adopting Regional Emergency Coordination Plan


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