In this PS-PrepTM website, you will find information on the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program, also known as the PS-PrepTM Program, its background and its benefits, how to participate, frequently asked questions and how to become certified under the Program, as well as Program and Partner Resources, case studies, and articles and abstracts concerning the program. This page provides an introduction to the Program, and information on current preparedness issues.
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The Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program
Building resiliency against the consequences of a full range of possible catastrophes is becoming the norm for many Americans. Any hazard can cause operational disruptions, such as unanticipated costs, data loss, impaired facilities, impacted business relationships and even fatalities among employees. Private sector entities need attainable and comprehensive processes to better ensure continuity and recovery. The Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program offers an organization several options toward preparedness, whether it's following best practice programs, aligning to a standard or certifying to a standard.
- AT&T Certified Disaster-Ready Under New International Standards as Tornado and Hurricane Season Approaches. As tornado and hurricane season approaches, AT&T is ready for the possible challenges it brings. AT&T is the first and only telecom to be certified to the new international Business Continuity Management standard (ISO 22301) under the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program (PS-Prep™). AT&T received its original certification under PS-PrepTM in 2012. The new ISO standard is the logical successor to the previous standard and the accepted Business Continuity Management standard worldwide. This re-certification to the successor standard under PS-PrepTM shows that AT&T continues to be equipped to resume business operations and continue delivering services to its customers in the vital hours and days after a disaster strikes.
- PS-PrepTM announces changes to the list of adopted standards that serve as the foundation of the program. Two of the previously adopted PS-PrepTM standards which are no longer current have been retired, and industry standards adopted to replace them. Additional information can be found on this web site under About PS-PrepTM, How To Participate, PS-PrepTM FAQs, and Program Resources
- On October 15, 2012, the American Bar Association (ABA) announced its Third-Party Cerification under PS-PrepTM, the first not-for-profit organization and only the second U.S business to achieve this distinction.
- PS-Prep™ is featured in PC Magazine, spotlighting AT&T's initial certification to the DHS-selected standards.
- Big Business - Small Business Emergency Management Mentorship Program launched on June 01, 2012.
- Are you prepared for unexpected business disruptions? Four secure remote access tips for business continuity planning.
- What are the top five disaster risks to small businesses?
For information about webinars and other events of interest to the emergency management and preparedness community, including the general public, governments, and voluntary, community-based and faith-based organizations active in disaster, go to the FEMA Events Calendar.