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Editorial Advisory Board: A Successful Model for Private-Public Partnerships

Written by  PETER R. LAZ, MCBP

The concept of private/public partnerships for emergency preparedness has received increased attention over the last decade or so. The first large-scale, methodical approach to formalize and structure such work between the two sectors at the community-wide level was “Project Impact,” which was established by FEMA, in the late 1990s. Since then, several useful models have been developed and applied to real-world emergency planning partnerships between public sector agencies and private sector businesses.One such program is the “Critical Incident Protocol (CIP) Community Facilitation Program,” developed by Michigan State University and funded by the Training & Exercise Integration Division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The program was developed at the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU) based on a study they conducted.MSU wanted to collect and study best practices from private/public partnerships to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from critical incidents. MSU’s research