How does Bio-Defense Network do business?
Research. Strategize. Kickoff. Report.
While we approach each assignment differently, depending upon the size and needs of the community, we take a similar approach to each one.
- We study the current environment
- In consultation with our public partners, we agree on a scope of work
- Then we do the work.
If the assignment is to expand the community’s network of Closed PODs, we will become familiar with the current list of Closed POD hosts, review all existing documents (Memos of Understanding, Closed POD Plans, any workbooks that have been created) and then create a list of potential network members. All of this is done in consultation with the community’s public health staff to assure we work cooperatively.
Then we strategize the best ways to reach those potential hosts. Our approaches include outreach to business continuity and human resource professionals through existing professional groups, such as local chapters of the Association of Contingency Planners, and the Society of Human Resource Management. If possible, we address the membership of those groups to encourage participation in the community’s Closed POD network.
We generally plan and conduct a kickoff meeting with potential hosts. These meetings feature community public health leaders who explain the benefits of partnership and help create a wave of participation.
Direct contact with potential hosts follows, with telephone calls and face-to-face meetings established where the Bio-Defense Network team explains the benefits of membership, and attempts to obtain a signed Memo of Understanding. Throughout the process, our team regularly reports its progress to its public partner.
How is Bio-Defense Network paid?
We believe in pay for performance.
A key part of our work is the establishment of a series of milestones. If the effort is to expand the network of Closed PODs, those milestones are the number of residents who are enrolled.
(For example, for every 1,000 enrollees, Bio-Defense Network will be paid a specific amount. Only as milestones are met, does the company invoice the pre-determined amount. We get paid when we perform.)
We frequently will include a modest set-up fee to be paid at the beginning of a project, but all additional fees are invoiced as milestones are met. We generally exceed our goals, but no additional fees are invoiced beyond the original amount that was agreed upon.
Why should we engage Bio-Defense Network to help expand our Closed PODs?
Three words: Experience, Knowledge, Passion
Experience: The Bio-Defense Network team is the most experienced in the nation when it comes to recruiting new hosts for Closed PODs. It has succeeded in every community it has supported, delivering results, surpassing its goals and making the community better-prepared.
Knowledge: Bio-Defense Network is an expert in explaining the benefits of participation to businesses, colleges and universities and membership groups. Its founding members are Certified Business Continuity Professions who can easily speak with their colleagues in companies and explain to them why they would be wise to join the network and host a Closed POD.
Passion: Bio-Defense Network believes an expanded network of Closed Points of Dispensing leads directly to a community that is better prepared to face a public health emergency and recover more quickly from its effects. We believe Closed PODs will save lives!
What makes Bio-Defense Network successful?
Professional Partnerships with Focused Goals
Our team members are professionals in business continuity, emergency and volunteer management and public health planning. We know how to talk to business continuity and human resource professionals, and how to persuade them to become hosts for Closed PODs.
We create partnerships with local public health professionals, and are focused on making them successful. They may not have the time or ability to meet with individual business professionals. We do.