According to a report by the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to approximately 1,348,500 fires last year. More than 20,000 civilians were killed and about $12.5 billion of property was lost. You may think that you’ve already done your due diligence where fire safety is concerned; but if that begins and ends, like many organizations, with installing smoke alarms and conducting an annual fire drill, there are gaps in your preparedness that you should address.
The Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program is moving forward, but no one really knows how soon it will be rolled out. Congress asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create and implement a voluntary program of accreditation and certification programs for private entities that encourage private sector preparedness including disaster management, emergency management and business continuity programs.