Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a key milestone in the Department’s efforts to develop a robust small business preparedness plan—e.g. soliciting public comment on a private sector readiness certification program specifically tailored to the needs of small businesses. 

Secretary Napolitano said, “Ensuring that America’s small businesses have the critical information and training they need to better respond to disasters will strengthen the entire nation’s preparedness and resilience.” 

Our staff agrees with this position and as also reflected by the fact that several recent posting on this website have directed our readers to this sensitivity to small business within the PS-Prep program development. 

You can read more about Secretary Napolitano’s announcement as a major milestone event in the progress of the PS-Prep program in general by clicking here. 

Most importantly, however, please share your public comments on this DHS promoted and proposed plan for implementing separate classifications and methods of certification for small businesses under PS-Prep. This first-of-its-kind program will tailor voluntary private sector preparedness certification standards to specifically meet the needs and capabilities of America’s small businesses. 

Comments may be submitted HERE, in Docket ID FEMA-2008-0017.  And, to view some of the public comments offered to date on this matter, CLICK HERE.

Please pass this information along to the PS-Prep, business continuity, operational resilience or risk management team members in your organization.

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