Protect Your Investment
To protect all that you have invested it is important that you plan for and consider how your business will survive and recover in the event of a disaster. If you think it can't happen to you, you are mistaken. More and more Americans are dealing with the effects of weather-related disasters, power outages, cyber-attacks and data loss. Any one of these events can be detrimental to a business of any size but often leaves small and medium sized businesses vulnerable to business interruption or closures.
Where would a disaster or catastrophic event leave your business? Planning to remain in business after being impacted by an emergency requires an assessment of your internal and external functions. Have a plan and protect your investment!
Make Preparedness Your Mission
What if you were not able to continue your mission through no fault of your own? Whether your organization is small or large, any efforts to improve preparedness are a plus. Prepare to become resilient. Whether your organization can be affected directly or via the supply chain, it's critical to have a plan in place -- a plan that can protect your employees and your organization and enhance your overall ability to be resillient. Make the decision today to protect your mission for tomorrow!
In this PS-Prep website, you will find information on the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program, also known as PS-Prep 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.
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-Prep 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-Prep announces changes to the list of adopted standards that serve as the foundation of the program. Two of the previously adopted PS-Prep 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-Prep, How To Participate, PS-Prep FAQs, and Program Resources
- On April 7, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted the first of five workshops on community-centered approach to disaster resilience
- On October 15, 2012, the American Bar Association (ABA) announced its Third-Party Cerification under PS-Prep, 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.
- IT disaster recovery: 5 tips for better data recovery from Microsoft Business for Small and Midsize Companies.
- 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.