Welcome to the Center for Business Preparedness


The Louisiana State University Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) is committed to promoting a cultural shift in the value of preparedness through a national initiative in small business preparedness. 

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Located at the main campus of Louisiana State University (LSU), the Center for Business Preparedness (CBP) was established by the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) to bridge the gap between academic research and business preparedness and continuity of operations. Specifically, the Center will focus on applying proven business management techniques to the challenge of disaster preparedness and community resilience.

The Center for Business Preparedness is dedicated to creating a cultural shift in the value of preparedness by creating a central point of collaboration for research, knowledge sharing, and outreach to address challenges to small businesses while working to enhance and evolve private sector resilience.

Through global collaboration with academic institutions, private sector organizations and public entities, the Center for Business Preparedness offers a central location for the business and academic communities to:

  • Connect, collaborate and share smart practices with each other
  • Gain insight, knowledge and support
  • Download the latest tools and research

Using the Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (Title IX of PL 110-53) as a starting point, four areas were identified to provide an actionable framework for the initiative. These areas are research initiatives, messaging and marketing activities, communications and message delivery, and the development of a business justification for small business preparedness.

Please visit the Center for Business Preparedness News and Events page to register for the upcoming Ready to Resume Workshops!!  

This initiative intends to achieve the following objectives:

  • Promote regional and community resilience through better prepared businesses

  • Promote public-private partnerships through workshops, seminars, and training

  • Improve data collection, management, analysis, and dissemination capabilities related to the value of preparedness and mitigation

  • Conduct, promote, and evaluate demonstrations by current providers of small business preparedness and mitigation services

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