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The Value in Public-Private Partnerships

Written by  Anthony S. Mangeri, MPA, CPM, CEM

One overlooked key to a successful corporate disaster recovery programs is to effectively integrate business continuity plans into existing community based emergency operations strategies. There is no better way to assure both corporate and community resiliency then to forge a strong public-private partnership. Public-private partnerships are strategic relationships between those in the government sector and those that are in private and not for profit sector. It is based on each partner communicating their capabilities and needs. Each partner provides an understanding of its capabilities to support disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts. Partnerships are a tool to address preparedness needs in a general way or to address a specific event or incident. Since the purpose can be different, so can the type and the method used to build the partnership. Some larger and long-term public-private partnerships are formed using a not-for-profit organization with defined mission and objectives. Others are less formal and