The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adopted the final standards for the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep). DHS says the public-private partnership will help improve private sector preparedness for disasters and emergencies.

"Private organizations across the country—from businesses to universities to non-profit organizations—have a vital role to play in bolstering our disaster preparedness and response capabilities," DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement. "These new standards will provide our private sector partners with the tools they need to enhance the readiness and resiliency of our nation."

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