Small businesses have borne the brunt of the recession, and the Department of Homeland Security hopes they wonât bear the worst in the event of a national disaster.
DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the completion of a key step in developing contingency plans for small businesses in the wake of a terrorist attack or other catastrophe.
And sheâs opening the floor to comments.
DHS published a notice seeking public comment on DHSâ developments in the Federal Register today. The plan, part of the Private Sector and Certification Program recommended by the 9/11 Commission, is designed to make sure small businesses have plans in place to respond to emergency situations.
“Ensuring America’s small businesses have the critical information and training they need to better respond to disasters will strengthen the entire nation’s preparedness and resilience,” Napolitano said.
The preparation program is a partnership between DHS and the private sector. It allows private companies to receive certification from DHS.