The Homeland Security Act of 2002 established the Office of National Capital Region Coordination (NCRC) to address challenges related to emergency management planning and incident response coordination unique to the National Capital Region (NCR) due to the large number of federal departments and agencies, numerous state and local jurisdictions within our Nation’s Capital. The NCRC enhances preparedness and promotes resiliency by enabling better communication and planning between and among federal, state, local, regional, nonprofit and private sector stakeholders in the NCR.
The NCRC oversees and coordinates federal programs for and assists with developing relationships among – state, local, and regional authorities in the NCR. In addition, the NCRC serves as a liaison between federal and state, local, regional authorities, and the private sector within the NCR to facilitate and integrate homeland security efforts. The NCRC engages the “whole community” within the NCR to effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against any disaster, and helps develop collective, mutually supportive regional capabilities.
An example of an NCRC program is the The Full-Spectrum Risk Knowledgebase, which is a secure, web-based resource that aids diverse stakeholders in building all-hazards risk knowledge and enhancing risk-informed decision making.