Lessons in Business Continuity Planning: One Hospital’s Response to a Disaster

A fire in your main power switch room! Loss of electricity to over 65 percent of your facility! Evacuation of patients and staff, and loss of communication systems! Is your hospital prepared for this kind of event? This is what Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital (CRCH) had to cope with when a fire broke out. As… Continue reading Lessons in Business Continuity Planning: One Hospital’s Response to a Disaster

What Do You Want, Assured Availability or Recovery?

Nowhere in today’s computer dependent world is the need for continuous operation more relevant and acute than in the arena of 9-1-1 emergency dispatch services. Dot com companies may suffer a hiccup in revenue, and B2B businesses may worry about customer satisfaction, yet at any given moment, on any given day, your life may depend… Continue reading What Do You Want, Assured Availability or Recovery?

U.S. Bancorp: On a Mission to Revamp Business Continuity Planning

Over the past several years, through merger, acquisition and new services, U.S. Bancorp has grown into the nation’s 11th largest bank holding company. Along the way, however, those charged with business continuity for the bank began to realize the old methods of continuity planning were not going to effectively meet the needs of the new… Continue reading U.S. Bancorp: On a Mission to Revamp Business Continuity Planning

Evaluating Offsite Storage Alternatives

Offsite storage and protection of vital records is an important aspect of business continuity planning. Vital records can be defined as irreplaceable records that can only be replaced after significant effort, expense and delay. This article describes important considerations related to the safety of vital records and the evaluation of offsite storage alternatives. TYPES OF… Continue reading Evaluating Offsite Storage Alternatives

How to Cost Justify a Cost Continuation Plan to Management

Information is a Valuable Asset. It may seem obvious, but occasionally management needs to be reminded that information is a valuable asset and must be protected as such. This is especially apparent when presented with a business continuation plan. Often the cost of disaster preparedness causes management to forget what they are required to protect!… Continue reading How to Cost Justify a Cost Continuation Plan to Management

Debris Management Planning; Why a Debris Management Plan?

Hurricane Floyd, was the most devastating storm of the 1999 season. Virginia and twelve other states were impacted by the storm resulting in 13 major disaster declarations. Debris-generating events including floods, tornadoes, ice storms, fires, and hurricanes occurred in thirty-nine states and two territories during 1999. Twenty-one weather related disasters generated total costs of approximately… Continue reading Debris Management Planning; Why a Debris Management Plan?

Record Attendance At Spring World 2000 Conference

RJ’s Spring World 2000 conference in San Diego attracted the largest gathering ever of business continuity planners at any conference in the industry. The planners, including 1,000+ attendees and 800+ exhibitors, speakers and board members, met March 19 – 22, to take advantage of numerous educational sessions, networking opportunities and learning events at the conference.… Continue reading Record Attendance At Spring World 2000 Conference

Teamwork: Emergency Response

Emergencies strike without warning. An explosion and severe fire sweeps through an office. An earthquake shakes hundreds of computers from high storage. A sudden power outage shuts down critical equipment or processing lines. A flood submerges perishable products with contaminated floodwater. When an emergency hits, your response in the next minute could mean the difference… Continue reading Teamwork: Emergency Response

New Challenges Face Business Continuity Planners

In an environment where system failures, theft and sabotage are as easy as a keystroke, the protection and continuity of your business involves a new type of technology and thinking. You are being asked to solve problems that didn’t exist a few years ago and threats that may be as new as this morning. In… Continue reading New Challenges Face Business Continuity Planners

Business Continuity Planning and the Ten Most Common Pitfalls to Avoid in the ‘New Economy’

Whether a traditional brick and mortar company or an innovative ‘dot com,’ the issue surrounding business continuity planning essentially remains the same – business process and information systems continuity and availability. However, what has changed is the speed in which recovery is required and the increased willingness of competitors to capitalize on a company’s downtime.… Continue reading Business Continuity Planning and the Ten Most Common Pitfalls to Avoid in the ‘New Economy’