PWA – Seattle-Hai Phong Sister Cities target business continuity and resilience.

The Sister Cities of Seattle and Hai Phong are initiating a program to strengthen business resilience—hazard mapping, continuity planning, disaster response and recovery.   In partnership with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the People’s Committee of Hai Phong, Vietnamese public and private sector stakeholders will exchange best practices and lessons learned with the City of Seattle and its Office of Emergency Management, the University of Washington, the Greater Seattle Trade Alliance, the Washington State Emergency Management Division, and Seattle-area businesses. Peace Winds America will facilitate this multi-year initiative strengthening the role of the businesses in disaster planning, response, and recovery.

Effective disaster planning and response require the “whole of society” to be involved—the government, NGOs, the military, and the private sector.  All have unique capacities, resources, and expertise, yet often the private sector is not included until the recovery phase.  The Initiative will be expanded to include the Sister Cities of San Francisco and Ho Chi Minh City during the second year.  Japan’s Asian Disaster Reduction Center will participate with its valued experience and resources.

Through exchanges, trainings, and table-top exercises and simulations, PWA will build and empower the alliance among these various stakeholders, with an emphasis on the private sector. Exchanges will highlight critical disaster preparedness and response resources such as hazard mapping, business continuity planning, and robust pre-plans.  Businesses and agencies with these resources will remain on-line during disasters, respond faster and recover more quickly.

Stay tuned and follow this Initiative as PWA and its Vietnam-U.S. partners create a durable and effective Public-Private Sector Alliance.

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