Contingency Solutions, LLC’s President to Serve on Two INTERCEP Business Resilience Roundtables

Peter A. Oppenheim, CIC, ARM, MBCI, President of business continuity planning firm Contingency Solutions, has been selected to participate in two roundtables to be hosted by the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) at New York University in support of a new voluntary certification program for business emergency preparedness as prescribed by The 9/11 Commission.

Plainsboro, NJ, March 20, 2009 --( The president of New Jersey based Contingency Solutions, LLC has been selected to join a small group of key stakeholders from business, industry and government to explore bottom-line impacts of preparedness and provide input on enabling resilience incentives. The recommendations of these and three other roundtables will support the formation of the new Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Certification Program, currently in development by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Title IX of the “Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007" (Public Law 110-53), which was signed into law by the President on August 3, 2007, calls for a new voluntary certification program for business emergency preparedness. The program will be administered by an independent third party organization, ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) and The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and will focus on all-hazards preparedness as reflected in one or more of the existing preparedness standards.

Mr. Oppenheim, a nationally recognized expert on business continuity planning and disaster preparedness, has been asked to contribute to the roundtables on Insurance & Resilience and Corporate Ratings & Resilience.

“Eight years have passed since the horrific events of 9/11 and four since Hurricane Katrina. For many businesses, these catastrophes were wake-up calls to prepare for a disaster. Many heeded the call. Unfortunately, as time passes, people become complacent. Existing plans age and become ineffective while others are still unaware of the importance of proper preparedness and it’s the small flood, fire or power failure that will shut them down. This certification program is exactly what we need to focus business on the need to prepare,” Mr. Oppenheim said.

Mr. Oppenheim has over 20 years of risk management and business continuity experience. Throughout his career, he has provided mitigation and resiliency services to corporations, government entities and non-profit organizations. He holds numerous certifications in emergency planning and is a vetted member of the FBI’s Infragard program for the protection of the National infrastructure.

Contingency Solutions, LLC is one of the premier business continuity planning and risk management firms in the United States. Its professionals have over 25 years of experience developing business continuity and emergency response plans, disaster recovery strategies, training programs and preparedness exercises for both public and private sector clients. It has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Small Business Administration for its efforts to promote emergency planning.

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