Private Sector Preparedness

How do we better incorporate the private sector into preparedness activities? What are examples of public-private sector partnerships that have improved preparedness? Are there specific policies or laws that hinder public-private sector partnerships?

Private Sector Preparedness

Workplace CERT

Develop a business CERT curriculum. Most people spend the better part of their waking hours at work. Beyond the nearly non-existant "fire brigades" or "floor monitors" and empty first aid kits little is being done to prepare people in the business environment for disaster. Just as Teen CERT and Campus CERT have their own curriculum I believe that a new curriculum for the business environment is needed.

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Facilitate Vulnerability Self-Assessments

Develop self-assessment templates to help private businesses and individuals assess their vulnerability to hazards.

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Update "pre-fire" tours to include "pre-hazmat" considerations

Incentivize private industry to invite emergency responders in for hazmat planning and preparedness sessions. Fire departments may conduct "pre-fire" assessments focusing on water supply and other traditional suppression issues, without ever considering the information industry is required to provide to them on Tier II reports. Fire Marshals and other AHJ's may visit businesses to asses code compliance, but sometimes ...more »

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Business Tax Credits for Supplies

Offer businesses a tax credit for providing employees with a few basic supplies (flashlight, food bar, water bottle, bag, information). They could also get credits for BERT programs at their sites.

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MEDICAL FACILITY PREPAREDNESS

In this the anniversary of Katrina/Rita, the need for coordinated planning and response guidelines that are universal for medical facilities is more important than ever before. The medical community gets input from HHS, DHS, FEMA, OSHA, CMS, Joint Commission, ISO, and many others on what is the "best practice" but as of yet there has been NO definitive single authority from which all others take direction. It is time ...more »

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ICS Training Scholarships.

I suggest you create a Federally Funded CERT/ICS Training package for college students that can be presented at the local and regional level. This could be presented in a resident four to six week “base camp/boot camp” type environment. Healthy fitness and lifestyle choice messages could also be presented as well as the performance of community service projects planned by the students as ICS managed events. Local response ...more »

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I suggest that you make community education grants available to local government providers to ensure regional training based on regional response plans.

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Utilize agencies to be conduits of correct information in an emergency

Utilize large agencies/organizations as conduits of information during an emergency. Consistency of information is crucial during an emergency. Agencies can use groups like the United Way, Chamber of Commerce and private sector agencies to spread emergency information so that all populations can be reached with the information.

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