Today and tomorrow, I have the privilege of chairing the Second Annual National Congress for Secure Communities. The National Congress brings together representatives from the federal, state and local government sector with representatives of the private, educational, non-profit, public health and emergency responder sectors to share ideas and develop best practices for community preparedness.

The nearly 300 attendees at this year’s Congress demonstrates the incredible and necessary interest in this important area of collaboration. I am honored to chair this year’s National Congress, and I am eager to further the outcomes of its discussions.

Paramount to that is digesting and analyzing the many suggestions from the private sector and local communities for developing a national strategy of preparedness and response. I look forward to reporting to our readers on Security Debrief the lessons and outcomes generated during the National Congress over the next days.