NAACP Board Member Adora Obi Nweze Is Key Participant in FCC Independent Panel

NAACP National Board Member Adora Obi Nweze will serve on the FCC's Independent Panel: Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks. The panel, composed of public safety and communications industry representatives, will review the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the telecommunications and media infrastructure and the effectiveness of the recovery effort with respect to public safety communications.

"It is very important that the NAACP stay involved in every process of the rebuilding phase following Hurricane Katrina," said Nweze. "The Association will continue to use its unique network to ensure all victims receive equitable distribution of resources and remain involved in creating policy for disaster preparedness."

Recommendations to the FCC regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability and communications among first responders are due to the FCC by June 15, 2006.

Kevin J. Martin, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, said, "The destruction that Hurricane Katrina caused to communications facilities, and therefore the services upon which first responders and citizens rely, was extraordinary. We must review the disaster's effect on the infrastructure and determine ways to minimize such destruction in the future."

Nweze has experience working on hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Jamaica. After Hurricane Andrew, which caused about $30 billion in damages, devastated South Florida in 1992, Nweze developed a plan mobilizing NAACP units to conduct relief, recovery, rebuilding and restoration operations.

In September 2005, Nweze served as the NAACP National Disaster Relief Director to manage the NAACP National Command Center's extensive disaster relief plan in coordination with all 38 NAACP State Conferences, command and distribution centers, disaster relief coordinators and disaster relief team leaders.

The command center supported NAACP local and state units by providing a high level of participation from partnering organizations, identifying resources, organizing a case management system, maintaining documentation for short and long term relief efforts, and coordinating the NAACP's input in the rebuilding and restoration phase of recovery.

In addition to being a national board member, Nweze is currently President of the Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches, served as President of the Miami Dade Branch and is the former Region V coordinator for Women in the NAACP (WIN).

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