Private businesses play a significant role in protecting their employees and community during disasters. Businesses also play a vital role in working with government to facilitate and provide emergency response and recovery from all types of disasters. This memorandum of understanding (MOU) formalizes the relationship between the Business Executives for National Security (“BENS”) and the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services so that this association, including its affiliated California June 27 partnerships, can be fully integrated into the state’s Standardized Emergency Management system.
As Hurricane Katrina showed so dramatically, government alone cannot secure the nation or respond to major disasters. It needs the vast resources and expertise of the business community. Business needs government, too. Individual businesses do heroic things in times of crisis, but they know they could do much more working in concert with government.