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. … [Read more...]
As mentioned in a prior posting, FEMA’s Private Sector Division / Office of External Affairs began a new series of tabletop exercises in 2010 as a tool to help private sector organizations advance their organization’s continuity, preparedness and resiliency. FEMA has continued to present new offerings into this series as a part of the Division’s vigilant efforts to incorporate the private sector across all stages of FEMA’s emergency management mission, to support FEMA’s capabilities, and to enhance national preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation of all hazards. To … [Read more...]
Emergency management planning teams need to be aware of the Firefighter’s Support Foundation’s (FSF) newest free training program. The program is titled, “Emergency Management for the Fire Service”, and, is in many ways a response to the fact that emergency management is becoming an ever more important function that the fire service provides to its communities. Beyond its more than capable strict firefighting abilities, this training program drills down into each of the emergency management’s four (4) major components: preparation, response, recovery and mitigation. This program consists … [Read more...]
As the National Preparedness Month 2011 of September is coming to a close, DHS / FEMA has announced that this year’s NPM was a huge success. FEMA encourages everyone to stay involved and to get others involved in local emergency preparedness efforts throughout the year. FEMA has also just finalized and published a document entitled The National Disaster Recovery Framework. This document represents a new multiagency effort to strengthen the way the federal family works together to support state, tribal, territorial, and local communities to recover after a disaster strikes. This … [Read more...]
ASSUMPTION: All too often, the topic of business continuity planning tends to be regarded as only a defensive strategy needed to respond to disasters and other disruptive events relevant to the normal operations of an organization. FACT: Organizations with effective continuity management methodologies, culture and full system integration maintain: (a) competitive advantage, (b) key business functions, and (c) systems of integrity. How does your organization view its relationship towards maintaining an effective business continuity management position? Hopefully, you answer … [Read more...]
Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) + Emergency Management = Critical Infrastructure’s Future in U.S.
In the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (the nation’s worst environmental disaster), governmental emergency management teams faced the reality that more effort is required to proactively begin building relationships with private-sector partners. In a recent article written by Austen Givens, entitled, “Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Is an Ominous Sign for Critical Infrastructure's Future”, you can review the methodology that Givens uses to make that strong case for the need to have our government’s emergency managers engaged with the private sector in cooperative … [Read more...]
Business continuity planning teams listen up ---- on Tuesdays 1:00 PM (EST) on A.M. 1160 WVNJ. There is a radio program called “The Disaster Recovery Hour with Chris Plunkett” which addresses information, advice and suggestions about both before and after disasters occur. The radio program discusses and provides information on preparedness and protocols surrounding disasters large and small that touch all of our lives. Chris is reporting on disasters and how they affect homeowners, businesses and neighborhoods. Chris explains the steps to preparedness, recovery and restoration, with … [Read more...]