From DHS proposes standards for how the private sector should prepare for disasters

Industry fears the voluntary standards are too rigid and eventually could be made mandatory for companies looking to do business with the government.

The Homeland Security Department proposed standards on Thursday to guide companies and utilities in preparing for disasters or emergencies, but some groups criticized the model as a one-size-fits-all approach that will not work and charged the federal government had overstepped its bounds by dictating how businesses should manage their affairs.

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