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Private Sector Preparedness

  • By: David Edwards
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Private sector preparedness is a framework within which for-profit organizations may act to minimize risks from disasters and other long-term disruptions affecting personnel, facilities, utilities, systems, communications, and materials. Effects of disasters or disruptions may be direct, or indirect, such as adverse impacts on suppliers, distributors, or customers.

Developing, Updating, and Exercising Plans

A primary objective of preparedness is maintaining business continuity with minimal interruption while preserving the life, health, and well-being of employees. This entails planning for the safety and succession of personnel as well as the protection and recovery of critical data, infrastructure, systems, and processes. Employees having important business skills from every department and at every level are needed to assist with this planning. Input is invited from external partners and those with special ...

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