This website receives many inquiries asking for more information regarding the ongoing developments in the Department of Homeland Security’s PS-Prep program. And we would like to respond to that request.   

To that point, one of the resources that we have overlooked in the past, and would like to make available to our business continuity, crisis and risk management team members and readership is the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP).

InterCEP is the world’s first major academic center (New York University) dedicated to private sector crisis management and business continuity.

At InterCEP, businesses and other private sector organizations set the initial mission of the Center and remain engaged on an ongoing basis in its evolution. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided the core funding for this initiative to create a truly international resource for education and research in this vital area.

Post September 11th, businesses and other private sector organizations have increasingly acknowledged the need for organization-wide emergency management and business continuity programs. In the United States alone, this need has been validated well beyond the terrorist threat by recent events including devastating hurricanes in America’s southeast, the blackout of the Northeast, tornadoes throughout the Midwest and wildfires in the Southwest. Corporate preparedness can mitigate the impact of emergencies on both people and property. 

All of these potential and real disasters support the need for an “all hazards” approach to emergency management and business continuity. Clearly, corporate preparedness can mitigate the impact of emergencies on both people and property, and, ultimately, preparedness, or the lack of it, can determine the ongoing viability of a firm.

Building on and incorporating InterCEP’s ongoing research on the business case for both resilience and enterprise risk management, five Working Groups of stakeholders were convened to each focus on a particular area of business benefit that could potentially be enhanced by the PS-Prep Certification Program.

The purpose of the proceedings conducted by these Working Groups, was to inform stakeholders in general, and, in particular, inform both the parties in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and, the designated accreditation body, ANAB, who have responsibilities for the design, development and implementation of the PS-Prep Program.

At this point in time, both DHS and ANAB have participated as observers in these Working Groups so that the insights from the Working Groups could inform actions on an ongoing basis.

The Working Groups focused their efforts on the following areas: Supply Chain Resilience, Legal Liability Mitigation, rationalized Business Reporting of Preparedness, Insurance acknowledgement and Rating Agency acknowledgement.

CLICK HERE to read the full report and findings from the Working Group for Supply Chain Resilience. 

CLICK HERE to read the full report and findings from the Working Group for Legal Liability Mitigation and Resilience.

CLICK HERE to read the full report and findings from the Working Group for rationalized Business Reporting of Preparedness and Resilience. 

CLICK HERE to read the full report and findings from the Working Group on Corporate Ratings and Resilience.

CLICK HERE to read the full report and findings from the Working Group on Insurance and Resilience

We recommend that both the InterCEP website, and, any or all chosen report(s), found to be most applicable to your business and organizational goals, be added to your list of educational resources on the topic of PS-Prep. 

Please direct any comments regarding these reports to http://www.nyu.edu/intercep/about/

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