The City of Stamford announced on Friday that the Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS), for the business community, has been reinstated in the City of Stamford.
In a statement from Mayor Michael A. Pavia and Thaddeus K. Jankowski, Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare, released the details of the program on Oct. 4.
Here is their announcement:The CEAS program is designed to reduce the impact of economic injury to businesses, following a large-scale emergency and/or disaster. Through a credentialing system for essential employees, the program rapidly facilitates business recovery activities in an impacted area by providing those employees quick access to affected worksites where their businesses are located. Access to the affected worksites will then allow businesses to initiate orderly shutdown procedures, assess damage, maintain core IT systems, meet regulatory obligations and secure critical records and data in the aftermath of an emergency. These activities will help to mitigate financial loss and retain customers and employees.
Essential employees and critical service providers selected by the employer can gain access to affected sites by presenting a CEAS standardized credential that is recognized by law enforcement. Designated employees receive the CEAS credential upon enrollment in the program, which streamlines the access process and helps to eliminate the confusion in the aftermath of a disaster. Companies are allocated credentials based on a percentage of the total number of employees, with only critical staff receiving access.
"We all recognize that Stamford is a key business center and the impact it has on the nation's economy, as well as on the lives of Stamford residents. The CEAS program will improve Stamford’s ability to quickly identity essential business employees, and provide them priority access to company work sites in order to protect their company assets until normal conditions resume. CEAS is a great tool for businesses and a great example of how government and the private sector work together to keep our City functioning," said Mayor Michael Pavia.
The Director of Public Safety Thaddeus Jankowski stated, “The CEAS program will better enable businesses to safely recover in the unfortunate event of an emergency or disaster. The best response to any emergency or disaster is a safe response that enables critical personnel the opportunity to provide for the recovery and continuity of operations of their business. The CEAS program improves the City's ability to quickly recognize the legitimacy of the critical business community employees trying to gain access to a restricted area.”
“To maintain Stamford’s position as the economic engine of Connecticut, we must put in place programs like CEAS to provide essential personnel and critical service providers a predetermined protocol for gaining access to affected worksites to begin recovery activities as soon as possible” said Laure Aubuchon, Director of Economic Development for the City of Stamford.”
“There is an integral relationship between the business community and overall emergency preparedness. Stamford’s recognition of the CEAS will greatly improve the resiliency of the City by ensuring its vital lifelines will survive a disaster,” said Jack Condlin, President of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce.
“The CEAS program is a critical program for Stamford and Stamford’s businesses. By previously identifying individuals to have access to facilities, once any threats to safety are removed, companies can immediately make assessments and minimize prolonged economic damage to their business,” commented Christopher P. Bruhl, President and CEO, The Business Council of Fairfield County.
CEAS will be managed by Business Network of Emergency Resources (BNET), a NYS not-for-profit corporation. Member companies are responsible for identifying essential employees and managing turnover, title and responsibility changes as well as covering the program’s administrative costs. There is no financial cost to the City and small, medium and large companies are all invited to enroll.
"Following a disaster, CEAS elevates the "essential business employee" to a true partner in the City's recovery," said Peter Picarillo, Executive Director of BNET.
The CEAS credential cards will be valid for access to specified zones only to the extent such access is authorized by the Mayor’s Office, consistent with the need to insure for the safety and well- being of the public
The Corporate Emergency Access System is currently used in New York City, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Providence, RI, Cambridge, MA and Buffalo, New York. With many businesses in Stamford having operations in those cities, it makes CEAS a logical choice.
For more information about the CEAS program, and to enroll in the program, please visit www.ceas.com or go to www.bepreparedstamford.org.