Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute?

The Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) enhances LSU's ability to focus its existing programs and research capacity on the particular problems of disasters, while adding additional capacity with respect to strategic management and decision making. The Stephenson Disaster Management Institute works with its LSU research affiliates to collaborate on projects and research proposals that will improve disaster preparedness and response. Research disciplines span across multiple departments, including engineering, psychology, sociology, information systems & decision sciences, veterinary medicine, economics, and computer science. Serving as the interface between researchers and practitioners, the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute supports projects that encourage partnerships between these communities that inform and improve the quality of research and assure that academic findings are translated into solutions business and emergency managers can use in the field.

Why was the Center for Business Preparedness formed?

In 2010, SDMI took the opportunity to meet with the DHS Deputy Director of the Private Sector Program and the Chief of Standards and Technology Office, National Integration Center for FEMA. From these meetings SDMI saw that the small business preparedness challenge warranted a full analysis of stakeholders to determine the unmet needs.  As a result SDMI hosted a two-day national summit and performed a full Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis from which it was determined that a center focused on the challenges of small business preparedness was merited. The Center will gather and organize vetted business continuity and preparedness information to create a single repository or knowledge portal.

Who are the CBP partners?

Partners of the Center for Business Preparedness include, the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) at Louisiana State University, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSI), the American Red Cross, and the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). We invite others to join the CBP as research partners, sponsoring partners or as general members.

On what private sector preparedness programs is the Center for Business Preparedness based?

SDMI used the PS-Prep Program (Title IX of PL 110‐53) as a starting point, but it is not the only private sector preparedness or business continuity program used in developing the CBP framework. A collaboration model was developed which identified four areas which would provide an actionable framework for the center. These areas are: research initiatives, messaging and marketing activities, communications and message delivery, and the development of a business justification for small business preparedness.

How is the Center for Business Preparedness funded?

The Center for Business Preparedness is a private-public partnership. Initial funding for the development of the CBP has been provided through private-funds of the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, FEMA, GOHSEP, and the Department of Homeland Security.

How is the CBP staffed?

The Center is staffed by both full-time professionals and a dedicated group of subject matter experts. Researchers, business partners, and other interested parties fit into different member categories.

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