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.
Private Sector Preparedness
Develop self-assessment templates to help private businesses and individuals assess their vulnerability to hazards.
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 »
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.
I suggest that you make community education grants available to local government providers to ensure regional training based on regional response plans.
Local response... more »
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.