Engaging the private sector – including businesses, community and faith-based organizations, schools and individuals – in national, regional and local emergency preparedness, response and recovery is among FEMA’s highest priorities.
Administrator Fugate recognizes – and actively promotes – the private sector, “from Fortune 500 companies to your local grocery store,” as an essential partner, a member of the “whole community” team that will help build the nation’s capacity to respond to and recover from a catastrophic event.
As was proven in numerous disaster operations in 2011 – including Spring tornadoes and floods in the Southeast and Midwest and Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene along the East Coast – growing and leveraging strong working relationships between emergency managers and the private sector helps us better serve survivors, rebuild our communities and boost local economies.
Along with our partners, we want to know what businesses and nonprofit groups think about the role the private sector plays in national preparedness. We are particularly interested in obtaining feedback for the “National Frameworks,” which will clearly define key preparedness roles and responsibilities for all whole community partners and are part of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8): National Preparedness.
To this end, we are hosting webinars during the month of March for people to provide their thoughts on the private sector and nonprofit roles and responsibilities identified in the working draft Frameworks. We’re interested in validating content, identifying gaps and discussing new ideas, and Framework authors will be on hand during the events to provide background information and answer questions. All feedback will be considered when revising and finalizing the working draft Frameworks.
The dates and topics of the webinars are:
- March 7, 2012 - 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. EST - Webinar 1: Prevention
- March 12, 2012 - 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. EDT - Webinar 2: Mitigation
- March 14, 2012 - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. EDT - Webinar 3: Protection
- March 21, 2012 - 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. EDT - Webinar 4: Response
Other ways the public can contribute to FEMA’s Whole Community efforts include submitting suggestions and ideas on our online collaboration site and participating in National Disaster Recovery Framework Stakeholder Events.
Individuals, communities and businesses are the most critical response and recovery assets present during the initial hours and days following an event, and it is imperative that they are involved in our disaster planning efforts.
Help strengthen the resilience and security of our country and RSVP for the webinars now.