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DHS Announces New Standards for Private Sector Preparedness

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced the adoption of the final standards for the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep) — a major milestone in DHS' implementation of a program recommended by the 9/11 Commission to improve private sector preparedness for disasters and emergencies.

"Private organizations across the country — from businesses to universities to nonprofit organizations — have a vital role to play in bolstering our disaster preparedness and response capabilities," said Secretary Napolitano. "These new standards will provide our private sector partners with the tools they need to enhance the readiness and resiliency of our nation."

PS-Prep is a partnership between DHS and the private sector that enables private entities to receive emergency preparedness certification from a DHS accreditation system created in coordination with the private sector.

Participation in the PS-Prep program is completely voluntary. Drinking and wastewater utilities will not be required by DHS to comply with any standard adopted under the program. Despite the voluntary nature of the program, DHS encourages all private sector entities to seriously consider seeking certification on one or more standards that will be adopted by DHS.

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