Napolitano announces standards for private-sector preparedness

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced new proposed standards for a 9/11 Commission-recommended program for the private sector to improve preparedness for disasters and emergencies.

"Preparedness is a shared responsibility and everyone — including businesses, universities and nonprofit organizations—has a role to play," she said Oct. 15. "Ensuring our private-sector partners have the information and training they need to respond to disasters will strengthen our efforts to build a culture of preparedness nationwide."

DHS published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on the three proposed standards to enhance operational resilience, business continuity management, and disaster and emergency management among participating private sector partners.

Individuals wishing to submit comments on the proposed standards may obtain a comment form and instructions for submission online at, in Docket ID: FEMA-2008-0017. DHS requests comments by Nov. 15, though it will accept submissions at any time thereafter.