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FEMA Launches New Private Sector Website

By Joseph Straw

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a new Web site serving the private sector, part of a broader effort to enlist private organizations' help in emergency management and to bolster business resilience nationwide.

The site guides visitors to information and resources supporting the four “pillars” of emergency management: mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover. Information about participating in government-run exercises and directions for doing business with FEMA are also provided.

Resources for business planning include flood maps and general hazard maps, while further information is offered for private organizations that require assistance after a disaster and for those that wish to aid government agencies during response.

In recent months FEMA’s parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, has ramped up its business continuity awareness campaign, directing businesses to the agency’s ready.gov portal, which originally catered just to private households. An expanded ready.gov—which the new FEMA site links to—now features a robust "Ready Business" section, explaining the basics of emergency planning, its costs, and returns on investment.

According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, one-quarter of businesses do not recover from a major disaster.

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