About FEMA Region 8 Private Sector
Private sector organizations, including businesses, academia, industry, trade associations, and other nongovernmental organizations, are a critical component in efforts to enhance the nation’s resilience to natural and man-made disasters. FEMA views the private sector as equal – and equally responsible – partners in every phase of emergency management. Not only is the private sector often the primary provider of critical services to the public, it also possesses the knowledge and resources to supplement preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.
There are a variety of ways to partner with FEMA and to plug into emergency management efforts at all levels, depending on your organization’s interest and capabilities. Please contact Katie Appenrodt, Region VIII’s private sector liaison at Kathleen.Appenrodt@fema.dhs.gov or at 303-235-4775 for more information.
Partnerships in Action
FEMA Region VIII and Private Sector Identify Ways to Get Back to Business after Disasters
On May 6, 2014, FEMA Region VIII Acting Regional Administrator Tony Russell joined Kris Hamlet, the Director of Utah’s Department of Emergency Management, in a meeting with members of that state’s Private Sector Preparedness Council (PSPC). The discussion centered on identifying ways that FEMA can support efforts to help the private sector resume operations after a disaster.
During the meeting, Russell discussed FEMA’s recognition that whole community partners are an integral part of the emergency management team and we are all working toward one objective. He also relayed his experiences working with the private sector during his more than a decade with FEMA.
Russell stressed that “not only can the private sector provide essential goods and services that will help the economy and community recover, getting the private sector back online is essential to the public psyche.”
Russell committed to working with PSPC members and state and local officials to identify concrete steps that FEMA can take to better support the private sector before, during, and after disasters in Utah. He also praised the State of Utah for establishing the group and commended members for prioritizing disaster preparedness.
The PSPC was established at the request of Gov. Gary Herbert during his time as Lt. Governor in 2005. It is comprised of representatives from private sector organizations who meet monthly to receive training on topics related to business continuity and disaster recovery.
Utah is a leader in Region VIII, and the nation, in promoting a culture of disaster preparedness. The state has robust public-private partnerships, including the PSPC, and very active community organizations. Additionally, the Utah legislature has passed multiple bills that facilitate emergency management, including a Disaster Recovery Funding Act that was established to fund emergency disaster services in response to a declared disaster.