The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today a series of public meetings that will be held to discuss the DHS Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep). PS-Prep is a partnership between DHS and the private sector that will enable private entities—including businesses, non-profit organizations and universities—to receive emergency preparedness certification from a system DHS created in coordination with the private sector.
The purpose of these meetings is to provide the public with an opportunity to engage in dialogue with DHS staff and program managers regarding an October 16, 2009, Federal Register Notice (74 FR 53286) announcing DHS’ intent to select three standards for adoption in the PS-Prep program.
The dates, times (local time) and locations of the public meetings are listed below. Meeting participants are requested to be seated no later than 12:50 p.m. (local time).
Date Time Location
November 17 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare.
5615 North Cumberland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631
November 18 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Holiday Inn Kansas City Airport
11728 NW Ambassador Drive
Kansas City, MO 64153
November 19 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle
3300 Championship Parkway
Fort Worth, Texas 76177
December 1 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Oakland Marriott City Center
Oakland, CA 94607
December 2 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Holiday Inn SEATAC International Airport
17338 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188
December 3 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Marriott Denver City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202
December 8 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Marriott Philadelphia Airport.
One Arrivals Road
Philadelphia, PA 19153
December 9 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199
December 10 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. LaGuardia Marriott
102-05 Ditmars Boulevard
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
December 14 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sheraton Gateway Hotel
1900 Sullivan Road
Atlanta, GA 30337
As a result of these outreach efforts, the comment period that was originally established in the October 16, 2009, Federal Register Notice (74 FR 53286) has been extended to January 15, 2010.
For more information about PS-Prep, please visit: www.fema.gov/privatesectorpreparedness/.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.