About Us

We’ve lead the development of standards on emergency management and business continuity. We’ve written the books. We teach at the graduate level and instruct for state government and professional certification.

Standards Development

Published Books

Professional Certifications

“Our mission is to safeguard people, protect property, minimize business interruption, and protect reputations. Our vision is to thoroughly understand each client’s business and become a long-term trusted adviser.”

Our Experience

We have worked in a diverse range of industries for more than 35 years.

The foundation of our expertise is a sound understanding of hazards and impacts. Loss prevention, hazard mitigation, risk financing, emergency management, business continuity, and crisis management programs are all built on that foundation. Our experience comes from working within corporate risk management, the insurance industry, the public sector, and working with numerous clients in most major industries.

Client Service

Our goal is to exceed the expectations of every client.
We are honored that these clients have spoken on the record about our services.

Donald L. Schmidt, ARM, CBCP, MCP, CBCLA, CEM©

CEO of Preparedness, LLC

Donald L. Schmidt has over 35 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in risk assessment, loss prevention, hazard mitigation, emergency management, business continuity, and crisis management planning within a diverse range of global industries.

He is a published author of multiple books and numerous articles on the subjects of risk management, emergency management, business continuity, and terrorism. For more than two decades he has helped to write important standards on disaster/emergency management and business continuity and has chaired the technical committee that writes the USA's national preparedness standard. He is an experienced educator and professional development instructor. He has attained numerous certifications in risk management, emergency management, business continuity, and auditing.

Don's past work experience includes nearly 25 years of service within the HPR insurance industry, corporate risk management, and progressive roles within the consulting arm of a global insurance intermediary. He is proud to be an alum of the College Park Fire Department on the campus of the University of Maryland and his life membership in the Niantic, CT Fire Department.

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