December 8, 1999 Library Presentation

by John E. Laye, CMC

Contingency Management Consultants

Why (or why not) include the private sector in community planning and training?


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EIIP Virtual Online Library Presentation
Wednesday - December 8, 1999 - 12:00 Noon EST

Why or Why not Include the Private Sector
in Community Planning and Training?

John Laye
Contingency Management Consulting

EIIP Moderator: Avagene Moore

The EIIP Virtual Library hosted a lively discussion on why the private sector should be included in community planning and training. The speaker was John Laye, Certified Management Consultant, President and Principal Consultant for Contingency Management Consulting. John's goal is to reduce the impacts on people by preparing organizations for disasters. His policies include donating part of his company's work to government and not-for-profit organizations.

John's EIIP presentation addressed public-private interfaces. John suggested that although much has been said about the need for public-private partnerships with articles published in the major professional journals, the intensity of implementation activity at local levels is causing a deafening silence. From the speaker's viewpoint, little progress has been made despite the economic lessons of many catastrophic disasters over the past decade.

As an instructor, John stated he is disappointed and frustrated because the private sector is seldom represented in public policy courses. Quoting from John's presentation,
"The senior governmental professionals and their elected counterparts look stunned at the challenge, 'Don't you PLAN to recover? Where is your private sector?'"


Contingency Management Consultants

John Laye is a Certified Management Consultant whose practice is exclusively in training managers in contingency management and business restoration.

For the past 12 years he has been president and principal consultant for Contingency Management Consulting. His goal is to reduce the impacts on people by preparing organizations for disasters. His policies include donating part of his company's work to government and not-for-profitorganizations.

He took part in the development of the Integrated Emergency Management and Multi-Hazard Planning courses at the U.S. Government's Emergency Management Institute, introducing concepts that have become industry standards. He conducts a Strategic Planning and Implementation course certifying emergency managers in the Business and Management Department, University of California Extension, and a Public Policy class at the EMI.

Laye was business sector representative when the National Council on Emergency Management developed its professional standards, and now chairs its Business and Industry committee. Past president of the California Emergency Services Association, he is now Business and Industry editor of that group's publication.

A frequent speaker at executive seminars and for professional associations, he was elected a CMC by the Institute of Management Consultants in 1990. In February, 1993 he gave a paper on emergency preparedness at the Security Asia conference.

Published in numerous professional journals and publications, Laye also provides expert witness and forensic consulting services. In the past five years alone, his clients' programs have received a pair of California Emergency Services Association awards, a commendation from the Director of FEMA Region IX, the Governor's Award from the Office of Emergency Services, and two awards from the National Council on Emergency Management.

Laye holds an M.S. degree in Systems Management (Logistics) from the University of Southern California, a B.A. in Political Science (International Relations) from the Naval Postgraduate School and an Police Science from L.A. City College.

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