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What is Your Role in Emergency Management?

Impacted Organizations/Infrastructure

Private-sector organizations may be impacted by direct or indirect consequences of the incident. These include privately owned critical infrastructure, key resources, and other private-sector entities that are significant to local, regional, and national economic recovery from the incident. Examples of privately owned infrastructure include transportation, telecommunications, private utilities, financial institutions, and hospitals. Critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) are grouped into 18 sectors that together provide essential functions and services supporting various aspects of the American government, economy, and society, and are discussed in detail in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP).

Regulated and Responsible Parties in Disasters

Owners/operators of certain regulated facilities or hazardous operations may be legally responsible for preparing for and preventing incidents from occurring and responding to an incident once it occurs. For example, Federal regulations require owners/operators of nuclear power plants to maintain emergency plans and facilities and to perform assessments, prompt notifications, and training for a response to an incident.

Response Resource

Private-sector entities provide response resources (donated or compensated) during an incident - including specialized teams, essential service providers, equipment, and advanced technologies - through local public-private emergency plans or mutual aid and assistance agreements, or in response to requests from government and nongovernmental-volunteer initiatives.

The National Resource Typing Initiative identifies crucial resources needed to aid communities recovering from disasters.

Partner With State/Local Emergency Organizations

Private-sector entities may serve as partners in local and State emergency preparedness and response organizations and activities.

Components of the Nation's Economy

As the key element of the national economy, private-sector resilience and continuity of operations planning, as well as recovery and restoration from an actual incident, represent essential homeland security activities.

FEMA Links

FEMA does not endorse any private or non-profit entities, but provides this data on its web site for informational purposes only.