of Today's Presidential Actions
November 8, 2001
- Americans are looking for ways to get involved in the war against terrorism
on the home front. The President announced two new initiatives today to give
citizens new opportunities to support Homeland Security efforts, and to help
every American better prepare to respond to terrorist attacks.
- The President announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service
(CNCS) will support homeland security in the coming year in three major areas:
public safety; public health; and disaster mitigation and preparedness. CNCS
proposes to mobilize more than 20,000 Senior Corps and AmeriCorps participants
in FY 2002 to support these efforts.
- President Bush also created the Presidential Task Force on Citizen Preparedness
in the War Against Terrorism. Within 40 days, the Task Force will make recommendations
to help prepare Americans in their homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces,
places of worship and public places from the potential consequences of terrorist
attacks. The Task Force will also recommend ways for Americans to support local
officials, including in police departments, fire departments and community health
centers, who are often the first to respond to a terrorist attack. The Task
Force will be co-chaired by the President's Homeland Security and Domestic Policy
advisers and will consist of the relevant Federal agency heads.
Background on New Service Options to Support Homeland Security
- Supporting Public Safety: CNCS proposes to provide more than 10,000 additional
Senior Corps and AmeriCorps participants to support police departments, fire
departments, and other local agencies such as parks and recreation departments.
These participants would free up local personnel to meet their front line responsibilities
by performing administrative tasks and other functions that can be performed
by non-commissioned officers.
- Supporting Public Healh: CNCS proposes to provide more than 5,000 additional
Senior Corps and AmeriCorps members to support public health agencies in outreach
and information dissemination and administrative support. Resources will be
targeted at low-income communities.
- Supporting Disaster Preparedness: CNCS proposes to provide more than 5,000
additional Senior Corps and AmeriCorps participants in disaster preparedness
and mitigation. AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers have a long track record
of working with FEMA and other relief agencies in helping communities to respond