Following Safety Roundtable
Center for Community Safety
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
January 30, 2002
2:47 P.M. EST
Listen, I want to thank you very much. Mr. Mayor, thanks a lot. I'm honored
to be here with the Chief of the Fire Department and the Chief of the Police
Department, and other citizens concerned about the safety of Winston-Salem,
We're here because this community has figured out a while ago that there needs
to be a collaborative effort amongst providers to provide an emergency response
plan in case something were to happen. I'm here to highlight the success of
this community. I'm here to highlight the fact that we've got people from different
jurisdictions sitting down to develop a strategy response in case something
were to happen.
Last night I talked about the need for this country to have a strong homeland
security strategy. It starts at the local level. And so part of our plan to
make sure the country is more secure is to encourage cities and counties to
develop a homeland defense strategy for their area, similar to what is taking
place here in Winston-Salem.
So I'm here to congratulate you all and herald a fine collaborative effort.
One of the interesting by-products of planning for a disaster and working with
the federal government when it comes to homeland security is your community
will be strong before and afterwards; that there will be a better health care
system afterwards, safer neighborhoods afterwards.
And I want to again thank you for your hospitality. It's good to be in the great
state of North Carolina. And I'm glad to show off to the nation what is possible
when people of goodwill and good heart get together and say, I'm going to do
my job in a collaborative effort to make my community safer.