The private sector can play a vital role in emergency management, both during and after the emergency event. Businesses that have specialized training (transportation, for example) can provide trained volunteers to assist in emergency management efforts, as well as equipment. A food services business could provide meals for emergency personnel. Companies with excess space could house equipment or people.
The DHS has a special service for businesses that want to donate goods or services toward emergency relief, the National Emergency Resource Registry. Interested business can register at the web site www.nerr.gov. The registry is a feature of DHS’s Homeland Security Information Network, which is designed to provide the DHS Operations Center with round-the-clock access to “a broad spectrum of industries, agencies and critical infrastructure across both the public and private sectors.”