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An Invitation to Partner

Written by  DR. TOM PHELAN June 27, 2012

Public/private partnerships can have great value for business continuity planning in both sectors. With rising costs and increasing threats, the value is being addressed more aggressively by FEMA. Remember Project Impact? It was an outstanding invitation from FEMA under Director James Lee Witt to the private sector to partner with communities nationwide for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Since the publication for the 9/11 Commission Report there has been a desire on the part of government to build closer ties with the private sector. The report stated, “Because 85 percent of our nation’s critical infrastructure is controlled not by government but by the private sector, private-sector civilians are likely to be the first responders in any future catastrophes (p. 317).” In December 2011, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate issued the latest invitation to the private and public sectors to form community partnerships. “A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and

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