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Private sector entities are uniquely affected by catastrophic events. With various resources and stakeholders, private organizations have a responsibility to be prepared. The following are a few examples of the benefits of adopting a preparedness plan like PS-Prep™.

  • Develop a Plan of Action for handling disruptions that is shared with employees and practiced through exercises.
  • Increase Reliability by proving your organization's ability to mitigate all-hazard conditions.
  • Minimize Impact to Essential Operations increasing an entity's opportunity to continue to operate.
  • Protect Market Share and Minimize Financial Losses by proactively planning and accounting for recovery resources before they are needed.
  • Protect Data and Information to ensure decisions can continue to be made to facilitate organization recovery.
  • Gain Industry Recognition by promoting preparedness with suppliers and clients alike.

Why Prepare?

  • The 9/11 Commission Report identified the private sector as having significant risks in being able to respond to and recover from disruption.
  • Private sector leaders should consider the impact of disruptions and possible consequences for employees, families and neighborhoods/communities.
  • Being unprepared in the event of a crisis can lead to significant revenue loss and unanticipated costs.
  • Interrupted operations could impact organizational relationships and tarnish reputation.
  • An organization can experience a significant competitive disadvantage if they have not made plans to mitigate loss and down-time during a hazardous event.
  • Survivors of disasters typically wait up to 72 hours for help to arrive. This makes it even more imperative that entities prepare to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours.

Why Prepare to a Standard?

  • PS-Prep™ uses a standards-based approach to business continuity and recovery that will allow organizations to unify their preparedness activities under standards.
  • Preparing to a standard:
    • Provides a management system that includes policies, processes, procedures, performance measures and quality improvement practices
    • Allows for uniform and consistent planning
    • Improves business continuity within departments and throughout the organization
    • Instills confidence in your organization among customers and stakeholders

Why Certify?

  • Third-party certification may not be the answer for all businesses but those organizations that find it brings market value may choose to certify to one of the three standards.
    • Certification makes an organization proactive in safeguarding its operations against unforeseen hazards.
    • Certification minimizes an organization's operation risks.
    • Certification identifies inefficiencies and essential operational tipping points.
    • Certification leverages marketing opportunities for differentiation.
    • Certification illustrates good corporate citizenship.
    • Certification places the organization among a prestigious business community.
Last Updated: 
12/13/2012 - 13:03
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