Have a "seat at the table" - Public and private sectors are working together to create joint solutions to improve the emergency management field, and enhance information sharing and collection. The private sector is not just a resource for government, but a true partner.
Public recognition - Through press releases, Twitter and Facebook postings published by Safeguard Iowa, public sector partners and your company.
Be a part of a cutting edge program - The SIP-EOC liaison program is relatively new and few liked programs exist across the nation. Participation in this role could further position your company as an industry leader in both the private sector and government.
Enhance your reputation - Your participation in this program can be shared with policy makers while meeting on policy agendas to show that as a company you are a mover and a shaker in this arena.
Internal emergency management initiatives - Enhance or boost your own internal efforts through this partnership and knowledge gained through this process.
Valuable training - As a liaison you will have the opportunity to get FREE training in various aspects of emergency management and will bring back the credentials to your organization.
Educate the government - Be a voice on the inside making the difference you really seek.
Visibility - On the private sector's capabilities and needs in disaster preparedness, response and recovery and private sector fits in.
Build the framework for the program - As a liaison you will have an opportunity to help shape the policies and procedures for the SIP-EOC liaison program.
Benefits of the SIP-EOC Liaison Program
Continuity of community. The liaison will help facilitate "continuity of community" following disasters and may include maintenance of critical infrastructure such as transportation, power, food, water, shelter, healthcare and telecommunications. This will in turn help businesses maintain their own continuity of operations.
Enhanced situational awareness. The liaison program will provide a greater degree of situational awareness to all parties. Situational awareness plays a key role in supporting informed decision making and avoiding duplication or conflict in efforts by the private sector and government.
Increased information flow. The liaison program will provide an increased bi-directional flow of information related to activities, policies and other efforts affecting critical community resources. Working side-by-side with government, the business community benefits from regular updates and more direct access to critical information.
Improved private sector support. The private sector has significant capability and willingness to provide supplies, services, and assistance to government. Through the liaison program, the private sector can provide this support - on both a commercial and pro bono basis - more efficiently and effectively.
Development of close partnerships. Through the liaison program, both the private sector and the government have the opportunity to develop trusted relationships and become true partners in the emergency response and recovery efforts.