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

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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.
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.
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.

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