Chicago State University recently hosted the 21st Century Community Emergency Preparedness
Conference at the Jones Convocation Center. More than 300 attendees, many from military
academies and Junior ROTC programs from around Chicago gathered to learn from guests
speakers with experience managing a crisis.
The keynote speaker was Lt. General Russell Honore (USAR, Ret). Lt. General Honore
is best known as the former commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, which led the recovery
efforts in New Orleans after the 2005 hurricane. Guest speaker Anthony Velasquez
III from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security also spoke.
Lt. General Honore discussed concepts of leadership necessary to manage difficult
situations and the importance of awareness and preparedness training starting at a
young age. He encouraged the young people in attendance to be leaders in their community
in creating a culture of preparedness.