On October 15, 2009, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identified three standards to be included in the PS-Prep; Private Sector Preparedness Program.  The PS-Prep program was created under Title IX of Public Law 110-53: Recommendations from the 9/11 Commission and is a partnership between DHS and the private sector that enables private entities – including businesses, non-profit organizations and universities – to receive emergency preparedness certification from a DHS accreditation system created in coordination with the private sector.

The three standards recommended for inclusion in the Program, and for which public comment is requested,  are:  NFPA 1600 (National Fire Protection Association), BS 25999-2 (British Standards Institution) and ASIS SPC.1 Organization Resiliency (ASIS International). (Click here to read the press release from Janet Napolitano.)

The recommendation of this selection of standards is significant because each of these standards requires not only support — but more importantly — a leadership role from the highest levels of management.  The participation of a formal Management System (MS) is required in two (2) of the three (3) standards.

DHS has set-up a Resource Center related to all information on the PS-Prep Program which can be accessed by clicking here.

This recommendation will also be posted in the Federal Register under Docket ID FEMA-2008-0017.

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