CIP Update

October 24, 2008

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


Michigan State University (MSU) produces the newsletter through the Critical Incident Protocol (CIP)-Community Facilitation Program under a grant awarded by the Training & Exercise Integration/Training Operations, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 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.


Michigan State University through the CIP Program will “enhance cities, counties, and region’s capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from man-made and natural disasters through public and private sector collaboration, communication, and cooperation.”  MSU facilitates public-private partnerships and the CIP Program is free of charge to participating communities.


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


Participating Communities in the CIP Program
The CIP Program has been initiated in 44 communities in 23 states with over 3,500 participants establishing community 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 developing a public-private partnership? If so, please let us know.


Currently, we are working with the following communities:
Alabama:  Hoover
Arizona Casa Grande
California Mountain View
Colorado:  Littleton
Connecticut:  Norwalk

Florida:  Western Panhandle
Illinois:  Lake-Cook Regional, Libertyville, Naperville
Indiana:  Evansville
Douglas County
Maryland Annapolis, Carroll County, Rockville
Michigan Detroit, Marquette County, Monroe, Oakland County
Missouri/Illinois:  Gateway Citizen Corps Coalition, St. Louis
Montana:  Lewis & Clark County
Nevada Clark County
North Carolina:  Buncombe County, Greensboro
Ohio:  Brooklyn
Pennsylvania:  Allentown, Bethlehem, Northampton County, Perkiomen Valley

South Carolina:  Columbia, Horry County
Utah:  Layton, Sandy City

Virginia:  Arlington County, Richmond
Washington:  Redmond

Wisconsin Brown County, Dane County, Eau Claire County, Milwaukee, Outagamie County, Racine County, Superior, Winnebago County

CIP Program Activities

October 29, 2008:  Richmond, VA (EPA Conference)

November 8/9, 2008:  San Diego, CA (IACP Conference)

December 01, 2008: Lake-Cook Regional, IL (Facilitating Tabletop Exercise)

December 11, 2008: Outagamie County, WI (Facilitating Tabletop Exercise)

January 13, 2009:  Romulus, MI (Initiating CIP Program)


Private Sector Survey of Preparedness & Continuity Practices – Please Participate

Would you (private sector) be willing to participate in a national online survey for the business community and non-profit organizations?  Survey responses do not seek individual/organizational information.  We encourage you to complete the survey as soon as possible.  The results may assist public and private sector organizations, communities, and government entities on responding to and recovering from natural disasters and other hazards.


The goal of the project is to develop a method for assessing emergency preparedness in the business community across the nation.  The results of the survey will be provided to Michigan State University so that we can share the information with you.


The survey was developed by Michael Dunaway, who participated in the CIP Program a few years ago in the Annapolis, MD area.  The survey is also under the direction of Marvine Hamner, Ph.D., George Washington University under a grant from the University of Maryland.


Please complete the survey at, which takes about 20 minutes.  This survey targets members of private sector organizations that read the CIP Update newsletter.  Previously, other businesses and non-profit organizations from various regions across the nation completed the same survey, and their results will be utilized for comparison purposes.


The CIP staff appreciates you taking the time for participating in this important project!  We look forward to sharing the results with you.


Public-Private Partnership Organization – NEDRIX

Established in 1991, the North East Disaster Recovery Information X-Change (NEDRX) is a non-profit organization that provides business continuity and crisis management professionals access to industry best practices.  It also serves as an opportunity to meet and share ideas and experiences with peers through conferences, symposiums, and public/private sector services.


With more than 1,700 active members throughout the North East, NEDRIX is a valuable resource for stakeholders in the various fields of continuity/disaster planning and emergency management.  Membership is free of charge.


For more information, please go to  In addition, we spoke with Regional Public/Private Sector Team Leader Lori Adamo, President, Code Red Business Continuity Services.  Lori Adamo was very informative about NEDRIX services.  Feel free to contact her if you have questions about NEDRIX at


Time to Get That Master’s Degree!

As the director of the CIP Program at Michigan State University (MSU), I am fortunate to be associated with a world class university that specializes in education, research, and outreach programs.  Further, as a member of the School of Criminal Justice, I work and collaborate on planning and strategic initiatives involving public/private partnerships, criminal justice, homeland security, and other activities.  When working with public and private sector professionals across the nation, I am asked about the educational opportunities at MSU.


The School of Criminal Justice at MSU is known nationally and internationally, and has offered since 1998 the Internet Masters of Science in Criminal Justice.  Students enrolled in the program may choose to follow the general requirements for the Masters in Criminal Justice or decide to specialize in either Security Management or International Focus.  For those of you looking for a 100 percent online graduate program, take some time to learn more at


For those of you who want a challenging and exciting online graduate program in criminal justice that may be completed from anywhere in the country or abroad, then apply for the Internet Master’s Degree Program at MSU. 


Public/Private Partnership in Singapore

For those of you who are interested in creating a credentialing program for the private sector in your community or target hardening of private sector businesses, here is an online resource to assist you.  The Singapore Police Force established the Corporate First Responder (CFR) program.  “In addition to prevention, the commercial sector must be prepared to deal with the repercussions of a terrorist attack, and plan for business recovery, to enable businesses to return to normal operations, as soon as possible” (Singapore Police Force, 2008, para. 1).


 “Business recovery and continuity is often contingent on access to business premises after the incident. In the aftermath of a disaster such as a terrorist attack or the collapse of a building, the incident site and surrounding buildings would be cordoned off.  Access to the incident site is restricted to authorized emergency personnel.  The Corporate First Responder (CFR) program aims to forge a “win-win” partnership between government and the business community by allowing identified personnel from the business community access into the restricted cordoned area to aid rescue and recovery efforts as well as execute business continuity recovery plans” (Singapore Police Force, 2008, para. 2 & 3).


As you can, public-private partnerships for crisis management are of vital interest to government and the business community.  For more information, go to


Additionally, as profiled in earlier CIP Update newsletters, for those interested in having an outside organization help you set up a credentialing program, go to   The Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) program is offered throughout the nation.


Our thanks to Tom Shaver, Comprehensive Emergency Management Associates (CEMA) for sharing this information on overseas partnerships with the CIP staff.


GSA Cooperative Purchasing Program

Through the Local Preparedness Acquisitions Act, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) under the Cooperative Purchasing Program provides to state and local government entities the option to purchase alarm and signal systems, facility management systems, firefighting and rescue equipment, law enforcement and security equipment, marine craft and related equipment, special purpose clothing, information technology products, software and services, and related services.


Many of these items are discounted, thereby allowing first responder agencies and other government departments to take advantage of reduced pricing.  Schedule contractors participating in the Cooperative Purchasing Program are identified in GSA eLibrary (formerly Schedules e-Library) with the Cooperative Purchasing icon. This icon is also used to identify those products and services available for Cooperative Purchasing on GSA Advantage!®, GSA's online shopping and ordering system (EMR-ISAC, 2008). 


For additional information about the purchasing program, visit and the Cooperative Purchasing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for further details on this program.


Free Video – Half an Hour to Tragedy

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a 23-minute safety video based on the deadly propane gas explosion, which killed two first responders and two propane technicians in Ghent, West Virginia on September 25, 2008.


The name, ‘Half an Hour to Tragedy’ refers to the thirty minutes that elapsed between the beginning of the propane release and the moment of the explosion.  During that period, no evacuation occurred, and volunteer firefighters and others entered the flammable propane cloud (EMI, 2008).


You may either request a free DVD be sent to you or view the video by accessing the CSB video training website at  To request the free DVD, please go to


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 publications, government documents, news items, and more.


To enter the ‘CIP Information Exchange’ website, you can either access it through our main website at and click on ‘members only’, which will redirect you to and click on Angel Guest Account from the drop-down menu.  Click on ‘proceed’ and in the next webpage box, enter “msu.msu” in the Angel Guest User box and “partnership” (both without quotation marks) as the password and then click on Log On. On the next page, click on Critical Incident Protocol (CIP) – Community Facilitation, which then launches you to the main menu.


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

·         Risk Management & the Law:  How Liable is Your Organization? (ICOR)

·         2008-2008 13th Annual Disaster Resource Guide


There are numerous other resources located on the website. To locate a specific topic, utilize 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.



Singapore Police Force.  (2008).  Corporate First Responder Scheme.  Retrieved on 10-22-08 from:


EMR-ISAC.  (10-17-08).   Emergency Management and Response - Information Sharing and Analysis Center Newsletter. U.S. Fire Administration.


EMI.  (10-09-08).  EMI Higher Education Activity Reports for FEMA.  Emergency Management Institute, FEMA.