CACH International Provides Private Sector Expertise to Homeland Security "Lessons Learned" Working Group

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Homeland Security publishes December 6, 2004 Continuity of Operations Planning Â?Best PracticesÂ? recommendations.

With the assistance of Charles S. Thomas, Managing Director of CACH International Ltd Co, (http://www.cach.us) the US Department of Homeland Security’s Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS) network published December 6, 2004 “11 Best Practices on State and Local Government Continuity of Operations Planning.” The recommendations are posted on the LLIS website (http://www.llis.gov). Thomas was invited by the network’s State and Local Continuity of Operations Working Group to share his insight and experience, and to rigorously evaluate Best Practices as a Subject Matter Specialist. He is widely recognized for his experience in government continuity of operations and his work with local and state government planning experts from across the country.

“CACH International’s focus on public-private partnerships is validated by the opportunity provided by the LLIS network to bring peer-reviewed COOP Best Practices to jurisdictions across the United States.” said Thomas. “We hope to continue our working relationship by defining school Emergency Response and Crisis Management Best Practices in the near future.”

The comprehensive, on-line LLIS resource recommends State and local government agencies conducting COOP planning identify threats and their potential impact on critical government services. Agencies should then conduct an assessment, or use a prior validated assessment, of threats to their personnel and facilities followed by a vulnerability assessment to implement efforts to mitigate potential harm to functions, personnel, and facilities. Detailed outlines and references are presented covering the entire range of COOP planning requirements.

About LLIS:

LLIS is the national network of Lessons Learned and Best Practices for emergency response providers and homeland security officials. The LLIS.gov secure information format is designed to facilitate efforts to prevent and respond to acts of terrorism across all disciplines and communities throughout the US.

About CACH International:

CACH International Ltd Co is a woman-owned, veteran-managed company structured to maintain low overhead and ensure cost-effective, professional services to our clients. CACH International provides premium services in the fields of continuity of operations/continuity of government, business continuity planning, anti-terrorism training, and emergency response and crisis management for schools.

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