SECRETARY NAPOLITANO APPOINTS IAEMSC MEMBER CHIEF PATRICIA DUKES TO NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS TASK FORCE
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the formation of the Preparedness Task Force—a council of experts charged with assessing the state of the nation’s disaster preparedness and making recommendations to Secretary Napolitano about ways to build resiliency in communities across America. Appointed to the Task Force is IAEMSC Member Chief Patricia Dukes, Chief of Emergency Medical Services, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii.
“Enhancing preparedness across our nation requires close collaboration between all levels of government,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The recommendations of this Task Force—comprised of emergency management and homeland security experts from states, cities and tribes across the country—will help guide our ongoing efforts to ensure the resilience of communities throughout the nation.”
“We are proud to have yet another member of the International Association of EMS Chiefs (IAEMSC) serving the nation & profession in a national capacity. Chief Dukes is an accomplished professional who always contributes greatly to the advancement of EMS and Homeland Security” said IEMSC President Lawrence Tan. The Task Force is comprised of 35 members of local, state and tribal governments—many of whom have also served within federal government.
The Task Force will also engage Congressional partners, as well as the private sector and non-governmental and development organizations through a variety of outreach activities.
The Task Force will conduct regular meetings and expects to deliver recommendations in September 2010.