Invitation to Connecting Communities: Emergency Preparedness and Secutity 2002 Regional Forum


U.S. Department
of Transportation
Federal Transit


400 Seventh St. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590

Dear Colleague:

Just days after September 11, I had the opportunity to talk with key transportation and emergency response officials in New York and Washington, where thousands of lives were spared thanks to the quick action of transit workers and other first responders. I asked them what they thought made the difference that day. They told me that three things prevented the tragedies from being worse: 1) there was an emergency response plan in place; 2) they had practiced and drilled against that plan; and 3) the leaders-transit, fire, police, medical-had established and trusted relationships with each other. Since that time, I have made it a priority of the Federal Transit Administration to help all of our communities get better prepared to respond to emergency situations.

This is why I am urging you to attend a Connecting Communities: Emergency Preparedness and Security 2002 Regional Forum in your area. These unique forums are intended to help transportation and emergency response agencies work together to prepare and protect their community with coordination, communication, planning and practice of safety and security measures.

Our goal is that participants will gain a better understanding of the roles played by each agency and begin the process of developing the plans, tools and relationships necessary to respond effectively in an emergency situation. The forums are designed for transit agency management and security personnel; police and fire personnel responsible for emergency management coordination; emergency medical services and hospital disaster relief coordinators; and state and local government emergency management coordinators.

Thank you for all you have done since September 11 to keep your community safe and moving. I hope you will take the next step in this ongoing effort and join other leaders in your community for the Connecting Communities: Emergency Preparedness and Security Regional Forum in your area.


Jennifer L. Dorn