First statewide Corporate Emergency Access System launched in Massachusetts
- Published: Friday, 06 May 2016 13:41
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has partnered with the non-profit Business Network of Emergency Resources (BNET) to implement BNET’s Corporate Emergency Access System (CEAS) in Massachusetts. While the CEAS program is active in many cities along the east coast, including Boston, New York, Providence, Baltimore and Philadelphia, Massachusetts is the first state to adopt CEAS as a statewide program.
CEAS is an access control program that allows credentialed employees of businesses that provide critical services or must maintain core systems and functions entry into areas that are otherwise off limits to the public due to disaster or emergency conditions for the purposes of business continuity and critical infrastructure recovery. Access is accomplished through the use of a centrally issued, pre-authorized secure credential recognized by law enforcement and emergency management officials. It is the only ID-based access program recognized by Massachusetts state and local enforcement and emergency management agencies. Access is permitted when deemed safe and will not interfere with first responder operations.
"By bringing CEAS to Massachusetts, we hope to help reduce the economic impacts of disasters and get the private sector back on line sooner to support community response and recovery operations," stated MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. "There is an integral relationship between business continuity and the speed and success of disaster recovery."
CEAS is available by annual subscription to eligible businesses and organizations across Massachusetts.