CIP Update

May 11, 2007

This newsletter is for public agencies, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders involved or interested in public-private partnerships for joint emergency preparedness, planning, and prevention.

Michigan State University (MSU) produces the newsletter through the Critical Incident Protocol (CIP)-Community Facilitation Program under a grant awarded by the Office of Grants & Training, Preparedness Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This newsletter provides ideas, suggestions, best practices, and lessons learned to establish critical incident protocols using public-private partnerships. Through the CIP Program, Michigan State University facilitates public-private partnerships for cities, counties, and regions across the nation.

Please visit our website at for more information about the program.

Participating Communities in the CIP Program
The CIP Program has been introduced in 31 communities of 20 states with over 2,100 participants collaborating on public-private partnerships for joint management of critical incidents. We are looking to work with other cities, counties and regions.  Is there a location in the nation that you think may be interested in building a public-private partnership? If so, please let us know.

Presently, we are working with:
Allentown, PA / Annapolis, MD / Bethlehem, PA / Brooklyn, OH / Brown County, WI / Buncombe County, NC / Carroll County, MD / Casa Grande, AZ / Clark County, NV / Dallas, TX / Douglas County, KS / Evansville, IN / GCCC-St. Louis, MO / Greensboro, NC / Hoover, AL / Layton, UT / Lewis & Clark County, MT / Libertyville, IL / Littleton, CO / Marquette County, MI / Milwaukee, WI / Monroe County, MI / Northampton County, PA / Norwalk, CT / Oakland County, MI / Perkiomen Valley, PA / Redmond, WA / Racine, WI / Richmond, VA / Rockville, MD / Sandy City, UT

Brooklyn OH Continues the Partnership
In 2003, the City of Brooklyn, Ohio became the sixth community to participate in the CIP Program.  This suburb of Cleveland sits in a high traffic area with an active business community, beautiful residential areas, and a progressive city government that looks to enhance its services while collaborating with community stakeholders on key issues.

One of the services in the CIP Program is the Social Capital Survey Project, which is a survey that measures the level of networking among the public and private sectors, along with the level of critical incident preparedness through public-private collaboration.  MSU administers two surveys per community over a period of time.  The two surveys are compared.  Additionally, the community is then compared to other participating communities which provides a baseline.  A report of 20 pages or so is generated for the community that shows the trends, along with their strengths and weaknesses among the public and private sectors on the level of networking and critical incident preparedness.

MSU is doing a special project on social capital surveying by going back to eight communities who participated in the CIP Program to re-administer the same survey.  After the survey results are analyzed, MSU will identify the long-term trends of public-private partnerships through networking and critical incident preparedness.  Recently, the City of Brooklyn participated in this special project.  It was obvious in conversations with the same institutions that we worked with before that they value collaborating with their partners on emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery planning.

Our thanks to those institutions that participated in this special project.

Tabletop Exercises Through the CIP Program
MSU provides a tabletop exercise, which is the last workshop in the CIP Program series to each community.  Traditionally, MSU seeks a  private sector entity to volunteer and we design a critical incident scenario for their institution.  This involves our staff reviewing their facility layout, along with their plans and procedures.  The scenario for the private sector organization also includes public sector response, such as police, fire, EMS, health, emergency management and possibly other stakeholders.

To give you an idea of the types of organizations that have participated in tabletop exercises, they are as follows:
Allentown, PA - Muhlenberg College
Annapolis, MD - W&P Nautical / Eastport Business Facility
Bethlehem, PA - Norfolk Southern Railroad Corporation
Brooklyn, OH - Key Bank Corporation
Carroll County, MD - Random House Corporation
Casa Grande, AZ - Frito Lay Corporation
Evansville, IN - Mead Johnson Nutritionals and George Koch & Sons Corporation
Lewis & Clark County, MT - Montana Rail Link
Libertyville, IL - Motorola Corporation
Marquette County, MI - Tilden Mining Company
Monroe, MI - Meijer Corporation and Visteon Corporation
Northampton County, PA - Easton Alpha Building and Two Rivers Landing
Oakland County, MI - Great Lakes Crossing Mall and Somerset Collection Mall
Perkiomen Valley, PA - St. Gabriel's Hall
Racine, WI - Modine Manufacturing Corporation
Redmond, WA - Microsoft Corporation and United Parcel Service
Sandy City, UT - South Towne Centre Mall

Additionally, our staff also contracts with other businesses, public sector and non-profit organizations to provide tabletop exercises, business continuity, risk assessment, and other services, as well.

MSU Collaborating with American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS)
ASIS has continually supported the CIP Program in various ways.  Additionally, when MSU starts working with a prospective community on "who" to invite to the workshops, we look to see if there is a local ASIS Chapter.  If you are not familiar with ASIS, they are the largest organization for security professionals, with more than 35,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests.  For more information on ASIS, go to (ASIS, 2007, History of ASIS).

ASIS has numerous committees that provide services respective to their committee purpose.  Recently, the CIP staff made a presentation on public-private partnerships for joint crisis management to the ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council (LELC) whose members mostly represent law enforcement agencies.  The ASIS-LELC facilitates an ongoing environment for members to engage in the development, research, and implementation of programs and activities which foster cooperation and partnership between the public law enforcement and private security professions (ASIS, 2007, LELC).  The LELC membership is very committed to public-private collaboration, cooperation, and communication.

Recently, the CIP staff joined the ASIS Critical Infrastructure Working Group on developing a white paper or resource manual for the ASIS membership on the programs, services, and resources respective to the critical infrastructure and key resource (CI/KR) sectors.  When the resource manual is published, an ASIS member in the nuclear industry would review their section on what programs, trainings, and related resources could help them.  Also, those in the banking, water, agriculture, shipping, commercial facilities, and the rest of the CI/KR sectors would use the manual to assist in their emergency preparedness planning and procedures.

CIP Communities Sharing Information
To date, there are 31 communities participating in the CIP Program across the nation and next week we will add the 32nd community, which will be a regional partnership in the greater Lansing, Michigan area.  The types of partnerships in these communities range from individuals collaborating to formalize committees that offer training and other services.  Regardless of the type of partnership, most communities share information on future seminars, trainings, and other relevant information with the partnership network.

For example, on December 6, 2006 a large explosion occurred at the Falk Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  There were three fatalities and 46 people were transported to local hospitals.  Even though Falk Corporation did not have a formal crisis communications plan, yet the public and private sector responders, decision-makers, and key stakeholders came together quickly to effectively manage this catastrophic incident.  As a result of the excellent collaboration there has been after-action presentations about the efficient process, such as, "The Falk Explosion - A Case Study in Crisis Communications" which was recently presented in Green Bay (LEPC Invitation / Program, 2007).  This informational workshop with a town hall meeting on best practices is the type of information that is being shared within partnership networks.

NFPA1600 - Disaster / Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released their 2007 edition of the NFPA1600 Standard.  In the CIP program when working with communities we encourage businesses to incorporate this standard into their emergency preparedness plans.

The non-profit NFPA international organization has been in existence over 100 years and provides codes and standards, research, training, and education on fire prevention and public safety.  NFPA1600 is an excellent resource that covers preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.  Organizations can use NFPA1600 to assess current programs or to develop, implement, and maintain aspects relating to this standard (NFPA, 2007).

When organizations start developing an emergency planning process, one of the initial steps should be to asses the risks.  When an organization identifies its risks, such as weather, it can start developing emergency plans to mitigate the impact of weather related incidents.  The risk assessment process is a key element in NFPA 1600.  According to NFPA 1600, Section 5.3.1 - Risk Assessment, "The entity shall identify hazards, monitor those hazards, the likelihood of their occurrence, and the vulnerability of people, property, the environment, and the entity itself to these hazards."  

Additionally, the organization shall conduct an impact analysis on the following:

For more information about NFPA or the NFPA1600 standard, please go to  Additionally, in the 'CIP Information Exchange' website is the 2007 edition of NFPA1600 - Standard on Disaster / Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs.

Recent Postings to the CIP Information Exchange Website
The CIP Information Exchange website is a large database for public and private sector professionals interested in homeland security, emergency preparedness, business continuity, disaster recovery, and emergency management.  It also contains research, government documents, news items, and more.

To enter the CIP Information Exchange website, please go to and enter “msu.msu@angel” in the User/NetID and “partnership” (both without quotation marks) as the password to log in. On the next page, please click on CIP, which launches to the welcome page, then on the bottom of the page click on Continue, which takes you to the main menu.

Located in the folder "Bulletin Board - Information for all Communities" are a variety of postings, including the following:

There are numerous other resources located on the website. To locate a specific topic, use the "search" function..
Past Newsletters
If you are interested in viewing past CIP Update newsletters, please go to and select "Newsletters" from the main menu.

If you have any topics and/or ideas for a future CIP Update newsletter, please contact Brit Weber at or (517) 355-2227 or other MSU staff members. About every three weeks you will receive this newsletter via email. If you no longer wish to be on this list, please reply to this email.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or Michigan State University.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  (2007).  NFPA1600 - Standard on Disaster / Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs, 2007 Edition

Brown County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).  (2007).  LEPC Invitation / Program sent via email from Sara McGuire at to Brit Weber.

American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).  (2007).  Retrieved on May 11, 2007 from Webpage: History of ASIS.

American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).  (2007).  Retrieved on May 11, 2007 from  Webpage: LELC.

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