Emergency Planning and Preparedness

In line with its goal to improve community resiliency through the sustainability of business following a disaster, BNET has developed the Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS).  CEAS is a crisis response and recovery program, which allows private-sector employers to provide identification to their essential employees using a centrally issued “CEAS credential.” This credential helps law enforcement manage the difficult task of deciding who can travel, access, and operate their business in a specific locale. The CEAS credential certifies the essential nature of the holder for access to restricted areas during a crisis.

Before businesses can enroll to certify their essential employees, a government entity must become a “CEAS Community” by acknowledging the CEAS credential as a validation of essential employee status. CEAS Communities can be State, regional, or locally based. Government authorities can use the program anytime following an emergency event that results in access restrictions or limitations to an area.

CEAS Benefits

The entire community benefits from CEAS by creating a process to sustain businesses, restore critical lifelines, and help law enforcement officials make informed access management decisions.

During and following emergency events, government officials often must strike a balance between public safety and economic viability. Regardless of the emergency, there is always the need to sustain private sector businesses to provide essential goods and services to an impacted public and to assist in overall community recovery.

CEAS permits private sector businesses to operate during or quickly recover after an emergency event by identifying essential business personnel for entry into restricted areas. CEAS also helps facilitate the recovery of privately owned critical public infrastructures by providing a method to recognize those employees who are critical to recovery.

Find out more about BNET’s CEAS program today to make your community more resilient.

Situational Awareness is vital to help keeping your business ahead of the information curve.

The following organizations provide a variety of useful information tools you can access to make actionable decisions for your business and stay ahead of an emergency:

Emergency Planning Tools

Preparedness Planning for Business

Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today’s world. Ready Business will assist your business in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards. This website and its tools utilize an “all hazards approach” and follows the program elements within National Fire Protection Association 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs.

Make sure your organization is safe and ready

Ready Rating is a program that helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access to one-of-a-kind tools, resources and information for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property. Whether you are taking your first steps or have a fully-functioning emergency management program, the Ready Rating program can help you achieve a higher level of preparedness.