- Created on Friday, 28 September 2012 22:31
- Written by Imperial Valley News
Sacramento, California - The California Emergency Management Agency announced today that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC), a move which builds on a continuing effort to boost emergency response capabilities and the availability of critical resources in times of emergency.
"When disaster strikes, private businesses play a significant role in protecting their employees and addressing the needs of the community," said Cal EMA Secretary Mark Ghilarducci. "Having organizations such as Sears and Kmart who are willing and able to help provide emergency assistance and resources to affected communities is a great asset, one which helps speed recovery and get local communities back on their feet. Through these affiliations, resources are increased, and we are better able to coordinate and deliver the services our residents need during times of emergency."
The MOU with SHC allows both organizations to better monitor disaster events and effectively provide necessary resources as a component of the state's Standardized Emergency Management System. As a major retailer with multiple locations throughout the state and country, Sears Holdings will be able to provide resources and assistance directly to impacted communities in times of need.
"In California, disasters are an unfortunate fact of life," said William Titus, Sears Holdings Vice President of Loss Prevention and Safety. "Californians need help to recover, and with approximately 270 Sears, Kmart and specialty stores throughout the state, we are ready to lend a hand whenever a community needs assistance. We look forward to working with Cal EMA and the other partners in helping California bounce back from disaster."
Under the agreement, SHC will work with other business partners to ensure resources are most efficiently provided under the direction of Cal EMA. SHC will also have representation at the State Operations Center at Cal EMA Headquarters during emergency activations to allow for direct coordination with Cal EMA and other private business partners.
In an effort to enhance the role that the private sector plays in California's ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, Cal EMA has worked to incorporate the private sector into the state's disaster response system. As part of these efforts, Cal EMA has actively pursued key partnerships with private industry. To date, Cal EMA has signed MOUs with private sector partners such as Wells Fargo; Bank of America; Time Warner Cable; Wal Mart Stores, Inc.; Gap, Inc.; California Grocers Association; Target Corporation; Home Depot; California Utilities Emergency Association; and several others.