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NC Critical Industrial Incidents Summit and Forums

The Institute for Homeland Security & Workforce Development hosted a planning meeting for the 2010 North Carolina Industrial Incidents Summit on November 6, 2009 at NCCU. The Summit identified best practices in large-scale accident response, emergency response and coordination, interoperable communication, and the relationship between emergency responders and the surrounding community.

The Institute held its First Annual North Carolina Critical Industrial Incidents Kick-off Summit at North Carolina Central University on March 12, 2010. The Summit kicked off a year-long series of working groups designed to build collaboration among first responders, public officials, industry leaders, the private sector and community members.

On November 16, 2010, the Institute hosted Preparing for an Industrial Incident through Community Collaboration: A Public Conversation, a public forum  held at the Ed Emory Auditorium in Kenansville, (Duplin County) NC. In preparation for the summit, Institute staff made presentations to the Duplin County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in cooperation with Duplin County Emergency Management. 

National Baptist Conference USA Inc. Partnership

It has long been established that Faith-Based and Community Organizations play a major role in community development and resiliency. National Faith-based and Community Organizations (NFBCOs) are often not adequately equipped, however, to aid affiliates in assessing local-level needs to strengthen community resiliency. At the local level, community resiliency is affected by education, economic, crime, public health and housing challenges – all issues FBCOs are uniquely positioned to address.  However, many NFBCOs do not have the organizational infrastructure to assist state and local affiliates with holistic strategic intervention for disaster management. 

IHSWD has partnered with the National Baptist Convention USA Inc. (NBC) to develop a standard research-based model for NFBCOs that will aid those organizations in assessing and strengthening mitigation measures, thereby leading to a “tool kit” for local affiliates. NBC has more than 16 thousand churches and 7.5 million members while the General Baptist State Convention of NC has approximately 900,000 members that will benefit from this initiative. The project includes  an assessment of national-level organization strengths and weakness at the community level; a survey of state and local-level strengths and weaknesses;  a summary report with mitigation recommendations that will aid in the strengthening of preparedness, response and recovery phases of disaster management; and training materials to ensure capacity building at the community level.

Uganda Trip

North Carolina Central University's Department of Criminal Justice led a delegation to the east African nation of Uganda in collaboration with the United Nations African Institute on the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI), Makerere University, and the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ).

Event Security Planning for Law Enforcement Professionals

The Institute for Homeland Security & Workforce Development hosted the Phase 3 pilot for this management and planning level course designed to introduce basic principles and skills associated with security for planned events in small communities and rural areas. This is a 16-hour course that reinforces the importance and magnitude of security planning required to execute a safe and effective event. The pilot was held in collaboration with Eastern Kentucky University.

Opportunities For Engaging Minority Communities In Securing Our Nation

The NCCU Institute of Homeland Security & Workforce Development and the Army War College sponsored Opportunities For Engaging Minority Communities In Securing Our Nation, a colloquium designed to explore opportunities to engage Muslim, Latino & African-American communities during the preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation phases of natural disasters and terrorist events. The program emphasized public policy implications for minority engagement. Panels included Muslim community leaders, public health professionals and law enforcement professionals. The public health panel was organized by the NCCU Department of Public Health Education. The 75 attendees and participants included representatives from the Pentagon, state public health, the Governor’s Office, all levels of law enforcement, the private security sector, community members and students. The luncheon speaker was Gerald Curry, Colonel, USAF. Col. Curry is the author of Striving For Perfection: Developing Professional Black Officers. Additional speakers included Faye Stone, Deputy Executive Director of the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and representatives from the Buffalo Soldiers.

Federal Law Enforcement and the Private Security Sector: Information Sharing in the War Against Terrorism

Stephen C. Miller, a former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Raleigh, NC, retired counterintelligence agent in the US Army, and Institute for Homeland Security & Workforce Development partner, conducted a workshop sponsored by the Institute and NCCU's Department of Criminal Justice designed for law enforcement personnel exploring terrorist threats in the United States and abroad.

Engaging Minority Communities for Disaster Preparedness

A top priority for IHSWD is working with minority and underserved communities in order to better prepare them for disaster, strengthen response and recovery efforts, and ultimately, mitigate threats. In order to do so, the Institute:

  • Continues to facilitate research that targets minority community engagement.
  • Partners with leaders in disaster response and minority engagement such as Dr. John Cooper from MDC, Inc. who has recently completed a FEMA Demonstration Project that studied how to best mobilize marginalized communities for disaster preparedness.
  • Is working with North Carolina Emergency Management to increase minority recruitment for the emergency management workforce.
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