Over the last few months, our website has received email requests for crisis management information available on a geographical and regional basis. Those requests have come from many of the business continuity and risk managers, who are members of their company’s enterprise risk management teams and whose companies are also located in the northeast sector of the United States. These requests have centered mostly on a concern of how to contact, evaluate and implement policies and procedures in their business continuity and crisis management plans for access to real-time governmental agencies in their areas for information needed during a crisis or event.
For those requesting companies in the northeast United States, we recommend contacting both the Northeast Disaster Recovery Information X-Change (NEDRIX) website and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) website.
NEDRIX is a non-profit organization, formed in 1991, that provides continuity and crisis management professionals, a real-time access to governmental agency information during a crisis or event. This is accomplished through our Public / Private Sector (PPS) Directive and our automated notification tool, NEDRIX Notify. Through NEDRIX Notify this team has the ability to coördinate bi-directional communications bringing the latest incident assessment to our members and providing any business impact back to the governmental agencies.
NEDRIX has PPS teams throughout the Northeast that are led by the Board Director of the PPS initiative. There are Team Leaders identified for each State along with Team Members that work with their State and local government to act as a liaison between the public and private sectors. NEDRIX also provides industry best practices and an opportunity to meet and share ideas and experiences with peers through conferences and symposiums held throughout the year. Our members receive continuing education points for all our conferences and events which are needed for them to maintain the Continuity Business professional certification.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man-made.
We welcome your comments and ask your assistance to list additional and similar resource information that might help these requests.