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Charles Stokes, CEO CDC Foundation Receives PPBI Best Practices Award

PPBI awarded the 2011 Best Practices Award to the CDC Foundation for their development and presentation of a series of "Meta-Leadership Summits" around the states. These Summits, lasting a full day, bring together leaders in the public sector, business sector, and non-profit sector in a community, discuss the dynamics of leadership in a community, and then present these leaders with a scenario that has serious continuity and readiness impact for the entire community.

Each of these sectors then develops a list of the things they would need in such a scenario, a list of the things they could contribute in such a scenario, and a list of things they would have to have in place to receive or contribute. The final hour is a compilation of pledges from each participant of what they will do in the next year to contribute to the overall readiness and preparedness of the community.

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While college degree programs are growing in number in emergency management and homeland security, there are relatively few in business continuity planning. Yet, business continuity planners are most likely to have undergraduate degrees in specialties in great demand in both the private and public sectors. With experience in the IT shop and an undergraduate degree in information technology, communication, biology, chemistry, health services, criminal justice, or management, the business continuity planner is an excellent candidate for graduate study in crisis management, emergency management, international or global business continuity, or finance.
Business continuity planners in the private sector have traditionally been quite different from public sector emergency managers in a number of ways. BCP professionals conduct business impact analyses (BIA) to assess risks to business functions, while emergency managers conduct vulnerability assessments to measure responsibilities and capabilities for handling emergencies, disasters, and catastrophes. Both devote their efforts to prevention, response, recovery, and restoration. Both are deeply concerned with communication and are dedicated to the preservation of life, property, and the environment. BCP professionals are more focused on preservation of the enterprise, while emergency managers are dedicated to preserving the community.
The concept of private/public partnerships for emergency preparedness has received increased attention over the last decade or so. The first large-scale, methodical approach to formalize and structure such work between the two sectors at the community-wide level was “Project Impact,” which was established by FEMA, in the late 1990s. Since then, several useful models have been developed and applied to real-world emergency planning partnerships between public sector agencies and private sector businesses.
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