CIP Update

September 14, 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, 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 & Education Division, 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.

Through the CIP Program, Michigan State University facilitates public-private partnerships for cities, counties, and regions across the nation.  The CIP Program is free.

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

Participating Communities in the CIP Program
The CIP Program has been initiated in 33 communities in 20 states with over 2,300 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 developing a public-private partnership? If so, please let us know.

Currently, we are working with the following communities:
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 / Dane County, WI / Douglas County, KS / Evansville, IN / GCCC-St. Louis, MO / Greensboro, NC / Hoover, AL / Lake-Cook Corridor, IL / 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

Welcome Richard Kos
For those of you who are working with Michigan State University through the workshops in the CIP Program we recently had a vacancy for a program facilitator.  Please welcome Rich Kos who came to us from the Shiawassee County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  Rich began his emergency management career in 1980 in Illinois that included managing grants, working through presidential declared disasters, Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), instructor, and other related responsibilities.  Rich also had a challenging and rewarding career with General Motors for 33 years in logistics, customer service, purchasing, and health and safety.

With Rich’s strong background and experience in both the public and private sectors, he will be an asset to communities in developing partnerships for joint crisis management.

Please Welcome Dane County (Madison), WI to the CIP Program
Dane County has over 450,000 residents and is home to the capital in Madison, Wisconsin.  Like much of Wisconsin, Dane County has beautiful rolling hills, parks, and lakes, along with a strong business community, active non-profit organizations, progressive public sector agencies, and an involved residential community. 

At the workshop, we had 65 participants collaborating on assessing risks, identifying resources, using the Incident Command System, and building the public-private partnership.  Participating organizations included the co-sponsors from the Dane County Office of Emergency Management, American Family Insurance, Target, Oscar Mayer, and the Madison Area Technical College.  Others included Dane County departments, City of Madison departments, City of Stoughton departments, Short Elliott Hendrickson, Hays Companies, Wisconsin Bankers Association, Overture Center for the Arts, QBE Regional Insurance, Wisconsin Air National Guard, Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, Alliant Energy, The Manitowoc Company, Webcrafters, Edgewood College, Veterans Hospital, Dane County Regional Airport, CUNA Mutual Group, AMCORE Financial, Virchow Krause, Capital Lock, Covance, Community Living Alliance, Wausau Paper, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Dean Health System, Madison Kipp, Madison Gas & Electric, St. Mary’s Hospital, The Salvation Army, American Girl, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Great Lake Educational Loan Services, Placon, Promega, Home Health United, Wisconsin Department of Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dane County is the 33rd community to participate in the CIP Program since 2002 when MSU started facilitating public-private partnerships, and we are looking for more communities to work with in the nation.

CIP Program Activities 
October 3, 2007 - Mountain View, CA   (Initiate CIP for Mountain View, California)

October 10, 2007 - Richmond, VA   (Facilitate Tabletop Exercise)
October 18, 2007 - Layton, UT   (Facilitate Tabletop Exercise)
October 19, 2007 - Denver, CO  (Presentation at Critical Infrastructure Protection Conference)
October 30, 2007 – Madison, WI (Dane County CIP Partnership Meeting)
November 14, 2007 - Carterville, IL  (Presentation at the Southern Illinois Occupational Safety & Health Conference)

Private Sector – Joint Response & Recovery
Our thanks to the Brown County Office of Emergency Management, Wisconsin for sharing information about the NIMS Integration Center on integrating the private sector into preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery processes.

The NIMS Integration Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security offered suggestions for the private sector.  Yet, the below is a composite from the NIMS Center and the CIP staff:

For more information on NIMS/ICS, please go to

Public-Private Partnerships for Joint Crisis Management
Across the nation, there is a movement of collaboration between government, businesses, and non-profit organizations to ensure that communities are safe, secure, and economically robust.  Government seeks these partnerships as an opportunity to utilize more resources to mitigate the impact of critical incidents, establish pre-planning with businesses for continuity of operation planning (COOP), and strengthen relationships with the private sector.  Businesses support these partnerships, as it assists them with short and long term strategic planning, enhances their level of emergency preparedness, and strengthens relationships with government agencies.

Here are some private sector organizations that are focusing on partnerships, which are:

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 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, 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.

Brit Weber
School of Criminal Justice
Michigan State University
1407 S. Harrison Rd., 335 Nisbet Bldg.
East Lansing, MI 48823
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