(RIEMA) Establishes Program Designed to Coordinate Disaster Preparedness

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) has recently
established a program designed to coordinate disaster preparedness and
response for local businesses before, during, and after an emergency. The
program, the Rhode Island Business Emergency Operations Center (RIBEOC), is
fully funded by a grant from the Federal Economic Development Agency.

“Our local businesses provide critical resources and services,” said RIEMA
Executive Director Theresa C. Murray. “The primary goal of RIBEOC is to form
a strong partnership between RIEMA and the business community. We want to
help businesses be better prepared and more resilient so they can continue
to serve all of their customers.”

Initially, the program, staffed by two business liaisons, will focus on
establishing and implementing emergency notifications systems via websites,
social media, and a business registry. This will allow businesses to have
the most current and accurate information during an emergency or
weather-related event. Multiple notification channels provide greater
opportunities for business owners to get information should one system be
unavailable. In addition the liaisons will coordinate and offer continuing
education for businesses on topics such as cyber security, continuity
planning, mitigation, and the National Incident Management System.

“Having increased awareness for both management and staff allows for a more
effective response,” said Murray. “Our two business liaisons, Julie Zito and
Alexander Ambrosius, look forward to being a valuable resource for Rhode
Island’s business community.”

For information or to reach one of the business liaisons, call 401-946-9996.

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