R.I. departments, companies to form Rhode Island Alliance for Business Resilience

Several R.I. businesses and government agencies announced an emergency disaster allaince for cooperation between public and private sectors in the lead up, during, and the aftermath of disasters in the state. /COURTESY RIABR
Several R.I. businesses and government agencies announced an emergency disaster allaince for cooperation between public and private sectors in the lead up, during, and the aftermath of disasters in the state. /COURTESY RIABR

PROVIDENCE – Several Rhode Island companies and government agencies have joined together to form the Rhode Island Alliance for Business Resilience, the R.I. Emergency Management Agency announced in a press release on Thursday.

The alliance will be a self-governed public-private partnership designed to better the quality and effectiveness of communication between government and the private sector in times before, during or after natural, man-made or technological disasters in Rhode Island.

The founding corporate members of the alliance include Amica Mutual Insurance Co., Citizens Bank, CVS Health, Fidelity Investments, General Dynamics Electric Boat, and Raytheon Co.

Initially, these companies will be teaming up with governmental agencies, the R.I. Emergency Management Agency, the R.I. Commerce Corp., and the Rhode Island Fusion Center.

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Formal discussions between business leaders and state government officials began in January 2016.

The mission of the alliance is to provide a unified voice within the public sector for continuity and disaster operations on behalf of the business community.

According to the press release, combining government resources and private-sector services will improve the collective knowledge base, and support a more whole-community approach to consequence management.

The organization will promote best-business practice for emergencies, promote business-to-business communication, and provide emergency information outlets between the private and public sectors.

“Creating jobs and strengthening Rhode Island’s business climate are among my highest priorities,” Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said in a statement Thursday. “To maintain our robust economy, we must ensure that businesses can quickly recover in the wake of a winter storm or natural disaster. The Alliance for Business Resilience is a critical partner in our work to prepare for events that can disrupt business, and I thank you for your commitment to our state.”

Membership for the alliance is currently open for applications. Eligible entities include companies and nonprofits with over 50 employees, trade associations and chambers of commerce, as well as public-sector organizations that will support the mission and objectives of the alliance with information, people or resources.

A representative from the alliance has confirmed the program is strictly a volunteer organization and no public funds are being spent on the project. Departments will, however, share resources, such as information, staffing and time, as is the purpose of the alliance.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.

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