Need for national business disaster response and continuity standards Conference Board says
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May 2 '08: Though many businesses and organizations have disaster response and continuity plans in place, there is no national certification standard for those plans, the Conference Board recently announced. However, using statistics gathered from a DHS-funded study, three-quarters of the 302 senior corporate executives surveyed said they had an emergency preparedness plan in place, the group found.
Those findings back up a previous study conducted by AT&T wherein about 30 percent of all businesses surveyed had not prepared for a worst-case scenario. The AT&T study also found that as the size of the business shrank, so to did the overall level of preparedness, and concordantly, businesses further away from traditional urban centers like New York and Los Angeles were less prepared.Speaking of current efforts to certify preparedness initiatives, Thomas Cavanagh, the Senior Research Associated, Global Corporate Citizenship, The Conference Board said in the organization's press release, "Currently, the most significant finding is that none of the many standards proposed for certification has attained widespread usage in the private sector." The Conference Board did say currently that under Public Law 110-53, "A 'voluntary' certification process for preparedness was adopted as part of the 2007 homeland security legislation. The choice of standards that would permit certification under the law is currently under review." National Blueprint Tags: Legal & Intergovernmental, Economic & Infrastructure.
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