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April 5, 2011
News of the Day: Engaging Louisiana's Private Sector in Emergency Preparedness
Posted by: Tony Russell, Regional Administrator, FEMA Region VI

As Administrator Fugate often stresses, the private sector plays a crucial role in the emergency preparedness team. Capitalizing on this philosophy, the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LA BEOC) in Baton Rouge, La., links businesses and volunteer organizations with the state's Emergency Operations Center.  The LA BEOC works with businesses to improve their disaster preparedness and help them return to normal operations as quickly as possible following a disaster. As we have seen time and again, helping get businesses back up and running is critical to stabilizing local economies and expediting communities' recoveries.

Last week, the LA BEOC hosted a seminar focusing on the private sector's role in planning for disasters and providing services in the days following a severe storm or hurricane.  I had the privilege of speaking at the meeting, emphasizing the importance of continuing to improve communication between government and business.

You can read more about this emerging partnership in the Baton Rouge Advocate's article about the seminar. Join us by looking for ways your business can participate in emergency preparedness activities in your state.

- Tony

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