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September 28 '07: In the aftermath of disasters and emergencies, many communities must find ways to recover without the help of state or federal assistance for the first 72 hours. To support response operations, businesses within that community can provide valuable assistance - with existing resources in the location of the recovery process - through cooperation with local, state and federal emergency responders and first responders. One of the ways to help coordinate such resources and information is through a network much like the Essential Public Network, launched today by the Corporate Crisis Response Officers Association.
Partnering with CCROA to help support the EPN is the Christian Appalachian Project
The EPN is a web-based information-sharing portal which can be designed to meet the specific needs of the community using it, officials said. The information being passed through the portal is secure; voice, data, imaging and video can be shared and disseminated.
During the press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. representatives from the federal, state and local emergency management agencies gathered with their corporate and non-profit counterparts for the event.
Bill Mills, CEO of the Christian Appalachian Project - a grass-roots organization which works to organize response and relief efforts said of the EPN, "The government has an obvious and primary role to play in a crisis response situation. ... But so does the local business sector and community relief efforts. ... Our mission is to arm these leaders - the ones on the ground during those initial daunting hours - with the tools they need during an emergency situation."
, an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization which has been working in Kentucky to help rural residents and others in Appalachia.
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