Posted by: Public Affairs
As we mentioned earlier this week on this blog, as part of our efforts to better engage with the private sector, FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, and other partners are hosting a conference on Public Private Partnerships August 3-4.
Yesterday, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke to the attendees and reiterated the private sector’s role as an important partner in strengthening the homeland security enterprise to better defend against evolving threats, including disasters. In fact, just recently DHS released a report regarding the progress DHS has made in implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 commission. The report outlines advancements by DHS and its partners, including the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep™). Napolitano urged participants to get involved in this partnership program, which enables private entities to receive emergency preparedness certification.
Secretary Napolitano commended the work that’s been done in the last decade to strengthen the nation’s resilience to emergencies through public and private partnerships, but reminded the audience that more can be done. She challenged the participants to continue the conversation with their community partners after they leave the conference, and find ways to increase and enhance relationships between the private sector and public sector.
As we often say, the private sector is an important part of the emergency management team, so we will continue to work closely with them to strengthen our nation’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.