News and Updates

October 11, 2012

The sixth annual RPCfirst meeting was held virtually this year and facilitated by ChicagoFIRST. Read More >>

October 6 & 7, 2011

The fifth annual in-person RPCfirst meeting took place in the Philadelphia area hosted by the Chester County FIRST, Vanguard, and ChicagoFIRST. Read More >>

October 8, 2010

The fourth annual in-person RPCfirst meeting took place in the Washington, D.C. area, hosted by the FDIC and ChicagoFIRST. Read More >>

June 11 & 12, 2009

The third annual in-person RPCfirst meeting took place in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Federal Reserve Board and ChicagoFIRST. Read More >>

May 15 & 16, 2008

The second annual in-person RPCfirst meeting took place in San Francisco, hosted by BARCfirst (the Bay Area Recovery Coalition) and ChicagoFIRST. Read More >>

RPCfirst—the Regional Partnership Council—is an umbrella organization formed by ChicagoFIRST in 2005 to foster collaboration among the regional partnerships that have formed across the United States to focus on homeland security and emergency management issues with the public sector. These public/private partnerships have formed organically in various cities or states, originally within the banking/finance sector, but several have developed into multi-sector coalitions.

The first few partnerships within the financial sector formed soon after ChicagoFIRST organized in 2003. By the end of 2005, a half dozen such organizations had developed, and there are now over twenty groups participating in RPCfirst.

Over the years, the value of these coalitions collaborating with each other to share best practices and lessons learned became more and more evident. Beginning in 2006, the group began holding quarterly conference calls, and then, in 2007, ChicagoFIRST partnered with public sector partners to host and facilitate annual in-person meetings around the country for RPCfirst members. More information about these annual meetings can be found under News & Updates.

Partnering with the Public Sector
In order to improve local and regional preparedness and resilience, each of the RPCfirst coalitions has built critical relationships with the public sector at several levels. An ongoing relationship with the government is essential to a robust and evolving business continuity plan in any company. Each level of government plays an important role in handling a disaster, and private sector firms must understand those roles, as well as what they should and should not expect from government in a crisis.

This information can be more easily obtained when firms join together and form a partnership with the public sector. Through this partnership, firms may be able to obtain daily incident information, access to an operations center during an emergency, and cooperation in learning more about evacuations, credentialing, and myriad additional critical issues.

Partnerships are an ideal solution in assisting the public sector with reaching out to industry. Because government cannot successfully and consistently coordinate with each individual firm during a crisis, a partnership can provide government with a single point of contact for critical firms in that region.

Want to Know More? More information about each individual coalition can be found under Partnership Information.