A Guide to Building Private-Public Partnerships

FEMA recently released Building Private-Public Partnerships to establish support, and maintain mutually beneficial arrangements and jurisdictions between the public sector and private sector, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders.

Private-public partnerships (P3s) help community stakeholders at all levels increase resilience, beginning at local and state levels. The document highlights the importance of the private sector in emergency management and disaster recovery, enabling local businesses, or “community lifelines,” to coordinate mitigation in both urban and rural jurisdictions. Through P3s, community leaders such as local spokespersons, faith-based organizations, and colleges and universities can also serve as a link between government and business entities.

A P3’s development process follows four phases:

  • Plan: Identify partners and coordinate stakeholder engagement.
  • Engage: Initiate outreach and establish P3 benefits.
  • Integrate: Assess shared risks, build jurisdictional resilience and response capacity.
  • Assess & Refine: Evaluate P3 activities and measure progress.

“A P3 is more than the sum of its parts. Working together, jurisdictions increase collective capacity and capabilities and, in doing so, become more resilient, especially for pre-disaster mitigation.”


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