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The following articles have been published in the PPBI column of the Disaster Recovery Journal Magazine.

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College and university programs for business continuity planning and emergency management are appearing at all levels from certificate programs to associate degrees to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees. In the U.S. alone, there are approximately 120 institutions of higher education offering such programs. There are also certificate and degree programs in Canada.
On September 14, 2008, PPBI sponsored the mock disaster at DRJ’s Fall World in San Diego. More than 150 conference attendees were asked to respond to a public health emergency wherein an outbreak of an undiagnosed illness occurred in seven U.S. major cities on the same day. The
illness impacted adults working in inner-city office complexes. There were no reports of illness among children or in rural areas. Seated at tables designated as elements of private/public organizations, participants were to work together to indicate what actions they would take in response to the news of the outbreak.
This year’s recipient is Brit Weber representing Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice for developing the Critical Incident Protocol (CIP) – Community Facilitation Program. Weber is the program director for the CIP-Community Facilitation Program. The program is funded under a grant awarded by the Training & Exercise Integration/Training Operations, National Integration Center, National Preparedness Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, US Department of Homeland Security.

We at PPBI are all about partnerships, right? That’s true; and, the No. 1 question we receive when in the booth at the DRJ conferences is, “How do I make those partnerships work for me when I go home?”

Almost to the word, the response in the booth will offer what has worked for each of us. Let’s take a look at a couple, and I think you will agree the networking and relationship building may make a big difference for you.

We’ll first focus an internal partnership a lot of us have depended upon for the best info, some real time “intel.” Facilities folks are the people who maintain the integrity of your environmental infrastructure.

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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