About Us

We’ve led the development of international standards on emergency management, business continuity, and crisis management. We’ve written the books. We've taught at the graduate level, for state government, and for 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.

“At the onset of the pandemic we really were in a good place thanks to Preparedness, LLC's business continuity planning assistance. Implementation of their recommendations enabled us to seamlessly transition our corporate workforce to work remotely, serve our customers, and maintain our cash flow.”

Brooke Rieman, Risk Manager
The Wills Group

“Preparedness, LLC provided expert assistance with the development of business continuity plans for our USA and Mexico manufacturing facilities. Their facilitated planning process and project management abilities were instrumental in the timely completion of multiple projects. Their professionalism kept us on track to achieve timely project completion.”

Tim Sullivan, Vice President,
Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc.

“Preparedness, LLC helped us develop a business continuity plan for our printing and thermoforming operations. They provided customized tools and guided the analysis of our critical business processes and the identification of recovery strategies and requirements. I’m confident that we are now well prepared.”

Nick Carafa, President,
Packaging Graphics, LLC

“I wanted to thank you for your work designing, facilitating, and evaluating the “active shooter” exercise in August. It provided an excellent opportunity for our officers and command staff to train, test, and evaluate our ability to respond to a school-based shooting. The after-action report that you prepared is very professional and will help with our continuous improvement.”

Kevin Coppinger, Chief,
City of Lynn Police Department

“Preparedness, LLC developed a comprehensive, emergency operations plan for our portfolio of Class A office buildings in the USA. The plan is well organized and easy to navigate—especially the digital version with its hyperlinks. The Incident management forms, checklists, and annexes for building and resource information are highly useful. These new documents have substantially enhanced our preparedness and compliance.”

Stuart Gordon, Senior Managing Director
Metzler Real Estate

“Preparedness, LLC conducted safety and security audits of dozens of schools. The assessments were very comprehensive and reports provided specific guidance. Their interactive process for development of emergency planning documents enabled my office, police, fire, and the school district to provide input into a highly professional and easy to use document.”

Richard E. Ferreira, Director,
Taunton Emergency Management Agency

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 international standards on emergency management, business continuity, and crisis management. He 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 to be a life member of the Niantic, CT Fire Department.




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