2011 NABJC Conference Presentation: Disaster Management: Engaging Faith-Based Community Organizations In Strengthening Resiliency of Minority and Underserved Communities. – St. Louis, MO
Jannah Scott, Th.D.
The DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships
A Center of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships
Reverend Dr. Randy G. Vaughn, Director Office of Disaster Management, NBC USA Inc.
Mr. M. Chris Herring, Executive Director, NCCU Institute for Homeland Security & Workforce Development
This workshop explored the role and significance of faith-based community organizations when it comes to strengthening the resiliency of minority and underserved communities and disaster management. It has well been established that these communities struggle with day-to-day social issues that negatively impact the quality of life. Some of these issues include crime, education, public health, housing, employment, and apathy. When disasters hit, these circumstances are challenged at an even greater level, hindering response and recovery. Apathy of the community often limits the role and involvement in preparedness and mitigation measures. Historically, the faith-based community has been the cornerstone for reaching and engaging these communities. This session explored the necessity and strategies needed to engage communities at the preparedness and mitigation levels as minority and underserved communities are sometimes not included in these functions of emergency management.
The IHSWD collaborated with RTI on a research project that assessed and modeled the role of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The Institute was responsible for coordinating the Miami-Dade community engagement partners and developing a Social Network Analysis map.
In June, 2009, 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).
The Institute for Homeland Security & Workforce Development hosted the Phase 3 pilot for this management and planning level course on June 17-18, 2008. The course is 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 at the RBC Center and had 30 students in attendance.
On February 11, 2008, the NCCU Institute of Homeland Security & Workforce Development and 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.
The event was held at the Radisson, RTP and was free to all attendees.
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: