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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will adopt standards to help the private sector be better prepared for disasters and emergencies. DHS is accepting comments on the proposed standards through Nov. 15, 2009.
DHS published a notice in the
Oct. 16, 2009,
Federal Register seeking comment on the three new standards that would be adopted under the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (known as PS-Prep). PS-Prep was mandated by Congress with the passage of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. Businesses will receive emergency preparedness certification from a DHS accreditation system that would help businesses enhance operational resilience, business continuity management, and disaster and emergency management.
The proposed standards were developed by the National Fire Protection Association, the British Standards Institution and the American Society for Industrial Security and were selected from a field of 25 proposed standards for their scalability, balance of interest and relevance to PS-Prep, according to a DHS news release.
“Preparedness is a shared responsibility, and everyone—including businesses, universities and non-profit organizations—has a role to play,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in the news release. “Ensuring our private sector partners have the information and training they need to respond to disasters will strengthen our efforts to build a culture of preparedness nationwide.”
DHS also is working on classifications and certifications for small businesses, according to the release.
More information about the three proposed standards:
After DHS considers comments on the proposed standards, it will publish another notice in the Federal Register on the ones it will adopt. To comment, visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal at
Beth Mirza is senior editor for HR News. She can be reached at
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