Executive briefing and training session on the new private sector preparedness program (PS-Prep™) in Orlando on Friday, June 8th

Don Byrne, Senior Fellow at the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at LSU, has asked that I release the following information to my readers:
On April 4, 2012 AT&T announced that it was the first company to be certified to the federal PS-Prep™ program. This national initiative is designed to improve the resiliency of businesses of all sizes from sole proprietorships to multi-national corporations.

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University, I would like to invite you to an executive briefing and discussion of this federal preparedness program. Your comments and suggestions will help shape the future of this national initiative. All comments will be considered anonymous and will not be attributed to any organization or individual. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the proceedings that will be presented to DHS and FEMA later this year.

The briefing will be held on Friday, June 8th from 8 am until noon at the National Entrepreneur Center, 3201 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando FL 32803 (http://www.nationalec.org) which is located inside the Fashion Square Mall.

To register, go to: http://www.regonline.com/thecaseforbusinesspreparedness or call (225) 578.6396 for more information.

WHAT IS PS-PREP™? Based in part on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, PS-Prep™ is a federal program that provides assistance and incentives to organizations of all sizes to become better prepared. The PS-Prep™ resiliency standards are similar to other well known standards such as ISO 9001.

Topics to be discussed include:

• Background on the legislation that created PS-Prep™

• Intent, scope, and technical requirements of the program

• The role of international standards and certification options

• The business case for preparedness and expected cost of program participation

• How PS-Prep™ may impact future government procurement efforts

Light refreshments will be served during the business networking portion of this event. Following the briefing, we will have an open discussion to elicit your feedback on the program.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Participants will include C-level and operational executives from diverse industry sectors. Organizations of all sizes are invited to lend their voice to the discussion. If you have responsibility for production management, physical or cyber security, supply chain management, IT operations, work safety, regulatory compliance, or emergency response – you should attend this meeting.

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED We hope you will accept our invitation. Though there is no charge for this event, seating is limited so we ask that you register in advance at the website shown above. The networking portion of the program will begin at 8:00 am. The briefing will run until noon.

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