In a recent article written by Francis J. D’Addario, posted on the website, and entitled “Emergency Preparedness: Compliance, Care and the Long View”, we are given an interesting view into the logic and market driven dynamics of how to improve levels of emergency preparedness and resiliency for organizations, individuals, and communities.

Bottom line is that effective risk mitigation requires investments of time, money and mindshare, and as Mr. D’Addario states, “….we must assess our current capabilities and close the gap on the people, process and technology resources we need to ensure a more resilient future.”

To prove his point further, Mr. D’Addario further points out that while recent DHS sponsored programs, such as PS-Prep, are a step forward —PS-Prep still remains a voluntary program. And, because of the recent near-collapse of the global financial system – with its arguable failure of risk oversight and resulting contraction of resources – security planners and their cross-functional risk mitigation teams face an uphill struggle. Even organizations that are inclined to comply with PS-Prep or to advance preparedness in other ways may be constrained by smaller purses, downsized capacity and skeptical program supporters who have witnessed billions of dollars in global security investment since 2001 with little persuasive return on investment.

Add to those concerns the reality that these voluntary standards will compete with other government mandates, including state and federal requirements around commercial and healthcare information protection including PCI and HIPAA.

Compliance alone is only a partial solution. We must help our organizational leaders find deeper motivation for improved preparedness by focusing on stakeholder confidence and shareholder value.

If you find this topic applicable, please pass this information along to those business continuity and risk management team members in your organization.

CLICK HERE to read the full article by Mr. D’Addario.

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