The Business Network of Emergency Resources, also called "BNET," results from a Federal, State, and private sector study conducted in New York State during 1996-1998 known as the Joint Loss Reduction Partnership (JLRP). The study intended to determine businesses' critical needs and privately owned critical infrastructure industries immediately after and following a major disaster. BNET, a NYS non-profit organization, formed to follow through on the study's findings and recommendations.
As a result of the JLRP's findings, BNET developed and still manages today the Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) to help municipalities manage private sector access to restricted areas during and following an emergency event. The CEAS program uses a common credential to identify essential employees of critical businesses.