General Preparedness

Private Sector Representation

I think that it ould be very imporatnt to include private sector representatives from the critical infrastructure groups who are charged with emergency management and contingency planning. I spent over 28 years in state law enforcement and found that the communication process, although improved over that time frame, was very lacking between government and key private industry stakeholders. As the person responsible for building and testing my organizations DR plans in the financial industry sector, I feel as though we are often left out of the big picture being developed by local, state, and federal governments. Thanks, Frank Moran, SVP, Sandy Spring Bank, Olney, MD 20832 (301) 774-8485 or


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  1. Comment
    Scott Paltall

    How would we include the private sector more?

  2. Comment
    Frank Moran Jr ( Idea Submitter )

    Possibly by setting up critical infrastructure task forces under each state emergency management agency and then up through FEMA. Schedule regular meetings on the state level which will foster networking and build relationships.

  3. Comment
    Michael Williams

    A large segment of emergency medical services in this country (by some estimates up to 50% of the patient transports) are provided by private ambulance services of one form or another. This critical asset has had little voice in the conversation and is given little consideration in the planning/funding process yet is depended on when an event occurs for instant surge capacity (i.e. Katrina) if not the initial response.

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    Scott Paltall

    Michael - Great point! As a dispatcher, I never think of private ambulances until I need them. Unfortunately, that attitude extends to public safety managers as well.

    I'm trying to think of other private industries that need to be more included in emergency planning...

    Tow companies

    Utility companies

    Board-up companies

    Public Works Departments (not private sector, but not as included as they should be)

    Event companies

    I'm sure there's more, I just can't think of them.

  5. Comment
    Mark Chubb

    FEMA could (should?) require evidence of private-sector stakeholder involvement in the development of comprehensive emergency management plans. Such involvement should reflect genuine engagement not just superficial public awareness or consultation efforts.

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    Peter Grandgeorge

    Sustained outreach to the private sector is rare. As a private sector critical infrastructure operator, we are asked to attend pointless mitigation planning meetings that are designed only to check-a-box for FEMA public assistance. The failure starts at the Stafford Act, which creates artifical restrictions on who gets meaningful post-disaster assistance (the SBA programs rarely offer much value - good people, lousy programs).

    Fundamentally, the public-sector emergency management field has little to offer to private businesses. There is a modicum of preparedness information, but when a disaster transitions from resposne to recovery, emergency management has little tangible to offer.

    I rarely experience a public-private dialogue where real sharing occurs. I spent a majority of my career, 12 years, in law enforcement too; but when the fusion center wants to talk, all I hear is a push to use x-system versus another system from a competing agency. The programatic delivery of federal support to specific projects means there is a constant competition, not creation of real local or state capacity to engage the private sector. Example: HSIN versus Infragard - why can't we all get along?.

    We need government coordination first, then private-sector engagement.

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    Herbert Gehring

    It is the private-sectors that are going to restore the communiy infra-structure. Small business limps along on day-to-day status too much of the time anyhow--their resiliancy is a major obstacle. These stakeholders don't have time to go the meeting after meeting where government departments put on turf-battles. We need to try to set up a community mindset that says "we are all stay".