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Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) Programs



Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) is a turnkey pre-event credentialing program, provided at no cost to governments, that allows critical business employees to travel through or gain access to restricted areas following a disaster or serious emergency. Credentialing is done through the use of a common identification card recognized by law enforcement and emergency management officials.

With disasters in the news seemingly on a daily basis, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has placed a great deal of emphasis on critical infrastructure protection and whole community preparedness. The private sector is responsible for operating and maintaining the vast majority of the critical infrastructure that helps our communities function, such as power, fuel, water, money, food, medication and jobs.

During times of crisis, businesses and governments rely on employees, contractors, and people with special skills who perform specific functions to help maintain critical operations. When these kinds of essential personnel are prevented from traveling to and accessing their facilities, a domino effect occurs which can cause recovery to grind to a halt. What is often lacking is an effective access control policy and process to help these essential employees and contractors perform their duties.


“As a global company, we rely on the CEAS program to help ensure continuity of operations and give us increased confidence in our ability to ensure our  key personnel can keep our critical business processes running.” 

                                                          Scott Derby- Assistant Vice President, State Street Bank

MassCard CCEAS Benefits

CEAS provides businesses with a means to maintain critical business processes; stabilize and sustain core IT systems; secure and protect facilities, rescue valuable assets left behind in an emergency; retrieve vital records, hardware and equipment; conduct damage assessments, and much more. If you haven’t planned for what you will do if you cannot access your facility, the CEAS program is now available to all of your facilities within the Commonwealth.

CEAS Credentials

The CEAS Credential is a common, secure identification card available in several different formats depending on the organizations access requirements. Below is a brief description of each credential and its uses.

Standard Card: Is a photo identification card that is issued to a single employee or Essential Service Provider for access to specific facility.  The Standard Card lists the name of the employee and the address of the work location they are authorized to access.

Use Case: Permits a access of a specific employee to a specific facility.

Allotment:  Standard Cards are allotted as a percentage of full time equivalents (FTE's) assigned to the specific facility. Allotment Percentages are determined by the issuing jurisdiction.


Multi-Facility Card: Is a photo identification card that can be issued to a Critical Employee or Essential Service Provider and permits access to ALL Participant facilities within the issuing jurisdiction. The Multi-facility Card is intended for companies with multiple worksites within a given jurisdiction. Multi-Facility card are allotted on a limited basis. 

Use Case:  This credential is designed for use by a single individual whose duties require the need to be able to access multiple companies participating facilities.

Allotments:  Up to a total of 15% of an organizations total card allotment may be allocated as Multi-Facility Cards.

IMPORTANT: Assignment of a single Multi-Facility Card is equivalent to assigning one Standard Card per facility. 

*Multi-Facility Cards are not used in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island programs 


Flex Card: Has no photograph and is intended to provide additional flexibility to the employer by allowing issuance to any employee based on situational discretion. The Flex Card must always be accompanied by another form of government issued photo identification and proof of employment/ affiliation by the firm listed on the face of the Card.The Flex card gains the cardholder access to a single work location (with the exception of the City of Boston, where the Flex card gains access anywhere within the City). 

Use Case: This card may be issued on a "just-in-timebasis to any employee not previously a cardholder but determined to be critical due to a current circumstance.

Allotments: Employers may request up to 25% of their eligible Cards to be issued as Flex Cards  (50% in Boston only).  Assignment of Flex cards will reduce the number of Standard Cards that may be issued.


All Area Access Card: A photo identification card issued to individuals affiliated with a specifically defined group of businesses.  This credential provides the cardholder unrestricted access (not address specific) anywhere within the issuing jurisdiction.

Allotments:  Availability and Allotment amounts  of All Area Access Cards are determined solely by government authority after submission of statement of justification by the requesting organization. 

*All Area Access Cards are not used in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island programs 


Activation Levels

CEAS may be "Activated or Declared" at different Levels by government authority. The matrix below is a guide to what credentials are valid for use during a specific Level Declaration. The individual cardholders ability to travel or access an area is based on the "Access Level" printed on the face of each card.  See the example below.

Note: Your organization's access Level is determined by industry type, not individual cardholder. ALL company cards are issued with the same Access Level.


Important Information About Level "X" : This Level of access is denoted primarily for the purpose of informing organizations that the program is either inactive or the situation dictates that area is off limits to everyone but public safety personnel.
Important Information about Level "A": If Level 'A" has been activated due to ongoing travel restrictions, then ALL CEAS cardholders are authorized (green) to travel. 

BNET does NOT issue Level "A" cards

Note: State Programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are always active and do not require program "activation" for cards to be valid.


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CEAS Programs

To achieve its mission, BNET partners with both governments, public agencies and private sector organizations to improve community resiliency through the sustainability of businesses following a disaster. Recognizing the vital role that private sector businesses play in disaster recovery, BNET helps communities overcome the obstacles to recovery through its critical employee credentialing program. Our partners listed below represent some of the most progressive disaster preparedness organizations in the nation.

City of Baltimore, MD - Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management

The Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (MOEM)  maintains the highest level of preparedness to protect Baltimore’s citizens, workers, visitors, and environment from the impact of natural and man-made disasters. The MOEM partnered with BNET in 2009 to help Baltimore-based businesses of all types and sizes to be as prepared as possible for the next emergency.

City of Buffalo, NY- Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management

The City of Buffalo pioneered public-private partnerships by being the first city to pilot the CEAS partnership in 2003.  The goal of the partnership was to mitigate economic damage by helping businesses quickly recover following an emergency.

City of New York - NYC Emergency Management

NYCEM plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, coordinates response and recovery, and collects and disseminates emergency information.  NYCEM partnered with BNET in 2004 to bring the Corporate Emergency Management System (CEAS) to the City's business community and promote business preparedness citywide.

City of Philadelphia, PA - Mayor's Office of Emergency Management

The Managing Director’s Office of Emergency Management (MDO-OEM) is responsible for ensuring the readiness of the City of Philadelphia for emergencies of any kind through an integrated and collaborative program that educates the public on how to prepare for emergencies.  MDO-OEM partnered with BNET in 2007 to lessen the impact of emergencies on the City's businesses.

City of Stamford, CT- Department of Public Safety, Health and Welfare

The Stamford Department of Public Safety, Health and Welfare is responsible for coordinating City response to disasters, emergencies, and severe weather as directed by the Mayor. Stamford has been a BNET partner since 2005 when it implemented CEAS to help the business community recover quickly following a disaster.

Massachusetts (Commonwealth) - Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has partnered with the non-profit, Business Network of Emergency Resources (BNET) to implement the Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) in Massachusetts. This important access program will allow local and state public safety leaders to facilitate entry of credentialed members of the  . . .go to page

Erie County, NY - Division of Emergency Management Civil Defense/Disaster Preparedness

The Civil Defense/Disaster Preparedness Division executes the County plan for civil defense and disaster relief before, during and after any type of natural, man-made disaster or war time situation. Erie County joined the City of Buffalo in 2008 to expand the CEAS program to entire County.

Nassau County, NY - Nassau County Office of Emergency Management

Nassau County Office of Emergency Management's mission is to maintain a high level of preparedness in the county, and  to mitigate loss of life and vital assets prior to, during, and immediate aftermath of a disaster; and to facilitate the speedy recovery of Nassau County following a disaster. It is for this reason they partnered with BNET in 2009 to promote preparedness among the County's businesses.

Rockland County, NY - Department of Fire & Emergency Services

Works daily with local, state, federal and private sector partners in emergency management to plan and prepare for large-scale, multi-jurisdictional responses to all natural or man-made disasters. Rockland County partnered with BNET in 2011 to raise business preparedness awareness with the Corporate Emergency Access System.


Rhode Island (Statewide) - Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency

The State of Rhode Island has taken steps to ensure that businesses in the State remain operational and viable wherever possible in the wake of an emergency or disaster, by partnering with BNET to expand the City of Providence's CEAS program Statewide in 2017. 

Suffolk County, NY - Office of Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services

Suffolk County has taken steps to ensure that businesses in the County remain operational and viable wherever possible in the wake of an emergency or disaster, by partnering with BNET to implement the new Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) in 2009.  

How to Enroll

CEAS is available by annual subscription to organizations across the State. Enrollment is simple, affordable and will bring true peace of mind to you and your organization.

To enroll or to learn more about how CEAS can better prepare your organization for the unexpected, visit our web site at www.ceas.com.

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