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SUBJECT: Mayor’s Citizen Corps Council

WHEREAS, in 2002 the Mayor’s Office of the Metropolitan Government, realized the need to establish a program to assist in meeting the needs of the citizens of Nashville and Davidson County in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, and

WHEREAS, the year 2002 marks the first anniversary of the Attack on America, and

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Government wants to renew its commitment to the needs of the citizens of Nashville and Davidson County during the times of natural or man-made disaster.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bill Purcell, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me, do hereby direct and order the following:

Creation of Council. There is hereby created a council to be known as the Mayor’s Citizen Corps Council.

Composition of Council. The Council shall consist of a minimum of twenty-four (24) and a maximum of thirty-six (36) members. Council members, representing the public and private sectors, shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall serve two-year terms. No Council member shall serve more than two consecutive terms.

Duties of Council. The Council shall:

Create an action plan to involve the community in prevention, preparedness, and response activities, and to mobilize the community in a large-scale disaster event;

Identify ways in which the community’s volunteer resources can help meet the needs of it’s first responder;

Coordinate with the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods to design a systematic approach to educate the public and encourage Citizen Corps participation;

Spearhead efforts to offer citizens new and existing volunteer opportunities, educational information, and training courses to address crime, terrorism, and natural or man made disasters;

Recognize all activities that promote prevention, preparedness, and response training as part of Citizen Corps and encourage endeavors;

Organize special projects and community events to promote Citizen Corps activities and recruiting volunteers to participate;

Foster a feeling of mutual support by working with Citizen Corps Councils in neighboring communities;

Capture innovative practices and reporting accomplishments to the state coordinator for Citizen Corps;

Survey the community to assess increased awareness and Citizen Corps participation;

Identify funding resources for program implementation and educational materials.

Functioning of the Council. The Council shall meet monthly during establishment then at least on a quarterly basis. The Council shall adopt bylaws and elect individuals to serve as officers. It is the prerogative of the council members to set up various sub-committees in order to perform the above-described duties.

Ordered, Effective and issued:

Bill Purcell
Metropolitan Mayor

Date: December 27, 2002