Summer is Here and Its Likely Weather Will Be Severe

If we can glean anything from this past winter and spring, it’s that weather is becoming extremely volatile and more severe. Not only that, but regions are experiencing weather they’ve rarely ever had to worry about, such as the ice storms that hit Georgia last winter. Officials called it “the worst winter storm in over… Continue reading Summer is Here and Its Likely Weather Will Be Severe

Data Breaches: Do They Have Place in Business Continuity Plans?

An event that affects the company occurs: a rep from IT comes to the table as a responder for security related questions … they said we’ve been hacked and records have been compromised? Even more helpful, if you could both see the disaster, let alone understand the impact through a similar lens. It would remove… Continue reading Data Breaches: Do They Have Place in Business Continuity Plans?

Dive Into a Branch Converged Infrastructure

For anyone living in an area with hot summers, the idea of owning your own pool is an attractive proposition. Having convenient access to cool water can make the summer more bearable, and it will increase the value of your home. But this upgrade comes at a price – not only are swimming pools expensive… Continue reading Dive Into a Branch Converged Infrastructure

Responding to ‘Maybe’

For most business continuity programs, the response to an actual event is pretty straightforward: evaluate the impact and, if warranted, activate the related plan. What can be less straightforward is the response to an anticipated event. These are situations in which there are indications that an impactful situation is possible but in no way assured.… Continue reading Responding to ‘Maybe’

Addressing Expectations: How Aircraft Accidents Can Help Refine Your Emergency Operations Plan

In responding to numerous critical incidents and mass casualty events over the past 20 years, we have observed one unwavering constant, irrespective of the type of crisis. In the immediate aftermath, what people most want and need is information. If there is even the remote possibility of knowing someone who may be affected, the incident… Continue reading Addressing Expectations: How Aircraft Accidents Can Help Refine Your Emergency Operations Plan

The Soon-To-Be Retiree and The People Left Behind

Many organizations are dealing with the topic of succession planning. This is probably something which all of the readers of this article are familiar. You know, looking across an organization and taking note of staff members who are nearing the wonderful stage of retirement. You probably think you can predict the people who will be… Continue reading The Soon-To-Be Retiree and The People Left Behind

Why Your Business Needs On-Site Testing

Most recovery plans include off-site IT or data tests which involve recovering key systems and data from an off-site location. These tests protect critical information but overlook vital resources that keep your business going after a disruption has occurred such as people, locations, communications, and supplies. Disruptions impact every part of your organization. To truly… Continue reading Why Your Business Needs On-Site Testing

Preparing for Disasters and Movies

I want to talk about disasters and movies. I’m not talking about movies that were disasters, like “Mars Needs Moms.” I want to talk about the similarities between preparing for a disaster and preparing for a movie. Preparing for a movie? No, I don’t mean stocking up on candy and popcorn. I like old movies.… Continue reading Preparing for Disasters and Movies

Exploring the Peaks and Valleys of BC Management

You’d think that with the right intentions and a careful, attentive execution, your business continuity plan would be a success, wouldn’t you? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Often the smartest professionals prepare what seems to be a perfect approach for their program, but for unforeseen reasons the outcome is less than ideal. What went… Continue reading Exploring the Peaks and Valleys of BC Management

It’s Time to Give Back

You, the readers of Disaster Recovery Journal, represent a broad range of disciplines – not only business continuity planning, but also the related areas of risk management, disaster recovery, emergency management, business resilience, audit, strategic planning, crisis communications, and program management. Your organizations span a panorama of sectors in the private/public and for-profit/non-profit arenas. As… Continue reading It’s Time to Give Back