Preparedness, LLC in the News

Updates on our contributions to the profession of emergency management and business continuity.

Strengthening Your Program by Auditing

February 13, 2018

Donald L. Schmidt and fellow DRI instructor, Harvey Betan, presented “Strengthening Your Program by Auditing” at DRI's 2018 professional development conference in Nashville. Project management, collecting “evidence,” corroborating information gathered, and using objective criteria to identify program gaps was covered. Click here to download the presentation. Be sure to check out Preparedness, LLC's audit guide and bulletin “Auditing Your Preparedness Program


November 7, 2018

Donald L. Schmidt presented “Practical Tips for Continuity Planning: From Impact Analysis to Executable Strategies and Plans” to the Safe+Ready Institute's 2018 Virtual Summit. Topics including project management, planning scenarios, risk assessment, business impact analysis, continuity strategies, resource needs, plan development, incident management, and implementation were covered. Click here to download the presentation.

“Basics of Business Continuity
& IT Disaster Recovery”

March 30, 2017 1:00 PM EST

Donald L. Schmidt presented “Business Continuity & IT Disaster Recovery” for the Safe+Ready Institute. Key elements of a continuity and recovery program were reviewed and many tips were presented.

Click here for a replay of the webinar on YouTube. Click here to download a copy of the presentation (Adobe PDF). Be sure to check out the referenced Preparedness Bulletins that provide in-depth planning guidance.

NFPA 2016 Issued

December 4, 2015

The 2016 edition of NFPA 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity/ Continuity of Operations Programs, was issued by the Standards Council on November 14, 2015, with an effective date of December 4, 2015, and was approved as an American National Standard on December 4, 2015. Donald L. Schmidt, CEO of Preparedness, LLC was chair of the committee writing this standard and the prior 2013 and 2010 editions.

Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness Workshop

December 16, 2015

Donald L. Schmidt, CEO of Preparedness LLC, spoke at the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness Workshop held at the National Fire Protection Association. Mr. Schmidt’s provided an overview of the 2016 edition of NFPA 1600, “Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management & Business Continuity Programs.” Mr. Schmidt emphasized that NFPA 1600 defines the framework for resilience. Read more


“Ask an Expert”

August 11, 2016

Donald L. Schmidt, CEO of Preparedness LLC, contributes to ACP’s Ask an Expert blog. The blog is a forum for questions and answers on timely topics important to continuity professionals.

Members may submit questions by email to


Alaska Partnership for Infrastructure Protection

March 19, 2015

Donald L. Schmidt, CEO of Preparedness LLC, presented "Using NFPA 1600 to Develop Your Preparedness Program" to the Alaska Partnership for Infrastructure Protection. APIP is a group of private, for-profit organizations, government organizations and non-governmental organizations dedicated to increasing infrastructure resilience in Alaska.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

November 10, 2014

Donald L. Schmidt, CEO of Preparedness LLC, has joined the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency as a contract instructor in the Training and Exercise Unit. He will deliver assigned professional development courses and assist with agency exercises.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

October 14, 2014

Donald L. Schmidt, CEO of Preparedness LLC, joins the faculty of MMA as Visiting Full Professor. He will teach "Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery" in the Academy's Master of Science in Emergency Management program.


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