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.
- Early last year, the 2016 edition of NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Program was officially released. Some of the significant changes to the 2016 edition include:
- In the 2016 edition, the term "Continuity of Operations" was added to the title and integrated into the title to engage the public sector;
- Two completely new annexes have been added, one being the Small Business Preparedness Guide (Annex C), and the other covers people with Access and Functional Needs (Annex J);
- A social media element was added to the Crisis Communications Section;
- New descriptions for access and functional needs, crisis, and supply chain were added for clarification;
- The Business Impact Analysis (BIA) Section has, for the most part, been rewritten to help users develop an effective method of BIA by providing additional details and guidance;
- A Supply Chain Vulnerability Assessment has been added to the section on Risk Assessment; and
- The Risk Assessment Section now includes requirements on specific hazzards which were relocated from the Annex to the main body of the document.
- Free access to the 2016 edition of NFPA 1600 is available on the National Fire Protection Association website.
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