DHS to Adopt Voluntary Preparedness Standards for Private Sector
The Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program is mandated by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 to establish a common set of criteria for private sector preparedness, including disaster management, emergency management, and business continuity programs. The goal of this voluntary program is to enhance nationwide resilience in an all hazards environment by improving private sector preparedness. Participation in the program will be voluntary and intended to be driven by the marketplace.
DHS, in coordination with the Ready Campaign (www.ready.gov) is considering the option of developing a self-assessment preparedness tool. Compliance for small business may be in the form of a formal self-declaration of conformity.