Project on Organizational Preparedness and Community Response


Paul C. Light
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
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The Project on Organizational and Community Preparedness seeks to increase and sustain significant gains in governmental, nonprofit, educational, and private preparedness for potential terrorist attacks, including the use of weapons of mass destruction. Working closely with opinion leaders and executives across the sectors, the Project will create and disseminate best practices, standards, and measurement tools for increasing preparedness.

Although the initial focus below is on individual organizations, the Project views local, state, and national preparedness as a sum-greater-than-the-parts across the four sectors. The nation cannot increase its preparedness by focusing solely or mostly on one sector such as government, important as it is, or one set of citizens such as emergency responders and health workers, important though they are. Rather, it can only increase preparedness by improving organizational and citizen performance across and between the traditional sector boundaries.

Key activities:

‘Katrina Effect’ Report (11/05) - This report, comparing data collected in two surveys, one prior to Hurricane Katrina and one following, identifies a significant drop in public confidence in government’s ability to handle disasters in the wake of the botched response to Hurricane Katrina, as well as highlights the growth of a perceived “preparedness divide” between rich and poor.

Press Conference: Rep. Thomas Davis Host’s event for Paul C. Light’s "Katrina Effect" Report November 22, 2005 - The head of the bi-partisan congressional committee investigating the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita welcomed CCPR senior fellow Dr. Paul C. Light to Capitol Hill on Friday for a press conference highlighting Dr. Light’s report on post-Katrina citizen preparedness.

Coverage of Dr. Light’s Report: "The Katrina Effect on American Preparedness"