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By:  Ben J. Carnevale, Editor

This website has promoted the benefits of the Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) program from the beginning of its existence, and continues to believe that the private sector is also a vital part of our country’s emergency management team response and disaster recover capabilities.

Along with FEMA and DHS, we also believe that the nation’s vast network of business, industry, academia, trade associations, and other non-governmental organizations are equal – and equally responsible – partners in nearly every phase of dealing with potential threats — i.e. from preparedness to response and recovery to mitigation.

With increased public-private collaboration in the United States, our government and the private sector could grow its capabilities to:

●          Expand reach and access for disaster preparedness and relief communications

●          Improve coordination and increase the effectiveness of all emergency management efforts

●          Create more resilient communities, and

●          Increase jurisdictional capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from major incidents.

With these thoughts in mind, and fully recognizing that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to work steadily to increase the level of private sector collaboration at all levels, our staff would like to focus our readers’ attention to the area of online training for emergency preparedness and management which is offered from FEMA.

Depending upon your organization’s interests and capabilities, these online training offerings from FEMA might be a meaningful way to plug into this recent FEMA effort to build more private sector collaboration into our government’s disaster preparedness goal(s).

Click on the links below to access these FEMA online learning course offerings as well as to learn more about these free available disaster preparedness resources:

IS-660 – Introduction to Public-Private Partnerships

IS-662 Improving Preparedness and Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships

If applicable, please pass this information along to fellow workers and first responder team members and disaster preparedness and recovery planning groups in the community where you live.

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