CEAS Published Articles
The Case for CEAS: Solving the Dilemma of Post-Disaster Access Control
One of the quintessential issues that rises to the surface after every significant disaster is that of post-event access. How do we overcome the obstacles of getting critical, private sector people into an area that has been evacuated and cordoned off to the general public? How can we get needed supplies and service providers to the affected area? How can it be done in an orderly, safe, secure, and rapid way? These questions have vexed emergency managers for quite some time. Failing to succeed in this endeavor risks severe, long-term damage to critical infrastructure, the local economy, and the workforce.
Restoring communities to pre-disaster levels is a task that can often take years. Restoring the businesses that are mostly responsible for the resiliency of the community infrastructure, economy, and workforce is key to a successful and rapid recovery. The creation of partnerships between the public and the private sectors expressly for emergency preparedness and recovery can be the centerpiece of resolving this dilemma. Partnerships can take many forms, but the development of a post-emergency, access-control program for the private sector is a worthy endeavor and one that has been on the collective minds of emergency managers for some time.