Coordination saves lives. Immediately following a disaster, resilient ports save lives, for ports are central to the delivery of humanitarian aid critical to maintaining public health and safety. In the wake of a disaster, resilient ports save families, livelihoods, and communities, for the economic viability of a region greatly depends on its ports’ ability to return to normal operations in as timely a manner as possible.
Public-private partnerships can yield great benefits, as each sector contributes unique skills and resources. The PReP Team is a strong public-private partnership comprised of the following participants: Private Non-Profit Organization, Private Corporations, Public Agencies, and Observers and Advisers like the U.S. Government (Southern Command [SOUTHCOM]; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); State Department; Department of Commerce; Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and its Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA); Airports Council International (ACI); Airports Council International-Latin America and Caribbean (ACI-LAC); International Air Transport Association (IATA); Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA)