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Disaster Recovery Journal and Continuity Insights have collaborated on these resources to ensure that business continuity/disaster recovery professionals are well-informed as they combat the COVID-19 crisis. 

Aug. 11, 2020

A Case for Business Continuity Managed Services – Business Continuity as a Service

Earlier this year, Mercer Consulting published a report based on its Business Responses to the COVID-19 Outbreak survey that revealed 51 percent of organizations around the world do not have a business continuity plan to respond to disasters or other business disruptions such as the current pandemic. The report provided insights from over 300 businesses across 37 countries and revealed that 27.2 percent of companies do not have a business continuity plan in place, while 23.8 percent are in the process of developing a plan. Furthermore, the study also noted that at the time of the survey 31.1 percent of organizations that do have a plan had not yet implemented it while 17.9 percent of companies had already begun implementing their business continuity plans.

Aug. 10, 2020

Six Steps to Pandemic Preparedness Program Process

What are the benefits of pandemic preparedness?

  • Minimize impact on staff
  • Protect corporate reputation
  • Reduce financial impact
  • Minimize impact on supply chain, business infrastructure, and service delivery

Below are six steps an organization can take to reduce the pain from a pandemic and return to normalcy sooner.

Aug. 9, 2020

Handbook to Conquer Rising Pandemic Fears for BTS and Daily Living

Introducing COVID-19 Resources for Coping the Pandemic and Beyond, authored by two PhDs as a solution to pandemic stress/depression/anxiety, providing essential mental health information, aiding in educating the public through navigating this novel and ever-changing disease. The book contains everything from introductory material about the grief/loss of a loved one to telephonic and internet support + crisis information as well as resilience and mindfulness tactics. Author Dr. Sam Mayhugh lost his wife to the virus and provides a full report of the history of pandemics. Recommendations are based on the underlying framework and paradigm of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as a tool to regain control over change, shifting feelings/thinking, reducing fears, and discovering new ways to cope with challenges of the new normal.

Aug. 6, 2020

Remote Worker Backup Software Gets Juiced for Enterprise Needs

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on providing backup for individuals working remotely. Often an afterthought, responsible organizations can no longer trivialize the need to back up the data of these individuals. Rather, organizations must identify backup software designed to work in these environments which they can centrally manage. In response, more providers have juiced their backup software to deliver enterprise caliber features to meet remote worker backup needs.

Aug. 6, 2020

New Continuity Insights Webinar – Turbocharge Your BCP

Continuity Insights will present Turbocharge Your BCP on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 as part of its continuing educational webinar series. The webinar will be broadcast beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET. Registration is open here.

COVID-19 is ravaging your business, it is ravaging customers, and is ravaging your family life. While business continuity planning was important before, it is now playing a much bigger role in your day to day, eating away at the precious hours you have to devote to it. Maybe it’s time to get some help but how do you know what kind of help you need?

Aug. 6, 2020

Steps to Building a Pandemic Business Continuity Plan

The Coronavirus has emphasized the importance of having remote work being an integral part of your pandemic business continuity plan.

This post available via TechTarget, outlines the steps for building the remote work section of your BC plan, starting with assessing the risk and effect on employee access, reviewing current responses to COVID-19, and embracing new technology, all to maintain workforce continuity.

Aug. 6, 2020

Managing a Returning Workforce and Ensuring Business Continuity

How do we manage the returning workforce? According to a survey by PwC, only 22% of CFOs claim they could return to “business as usual” within a month after the Covid-19 outbreak ends. This in itself is an unfortunate statistic. However, couple it with the fact that it doesn’t appear as though our current crisis will be completely over anytime soon, and it becomes obvious that significant changes in business operations need to be made.

To ensure a successful return of the workforce and to maintain business continuity throughout any crisis, you need to put the right tools and procedures in place. It starts with ensuring workers have the right tools.

Aug. 6, 2020

How Manufacturers Are Ensuring Business Continuity

How the world does business was changing before the outbreak of Covid-19, but what we have seen in recent weeks and months has accelerated this metamorphosis beyond all recognition. Business continuity is nothing new. It is, quite simply, prudent business planning.

In this article authored by Ravi Gopinath is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Cloud officer at AVEVA, dives into the speed and scale of the current global crisis and how it has forced organizations to implement more stringent and robust measures to not only cope with the present situation, but also to mitigate damage in years to come should a similar event occur in the future.

Aug. 5, 2020

A ‘Communications Checklist’ for Effective Disaster Response

With the current hurricane season intersecting with the continued global spread and impact of COVID-19, we are reminded more than ever that proactive planning for reliable and trusted communications capabilities remains critical. Well in advance of pandemics, hurricanes, other natural disasters, or even manmade events, first responders must plan for the ability to reliably connect and communicate. Satellite communications (SATCOM) capabilities allow them to do so instantly and seamlessly with services which enable these responders to transmit critical voice, data, and video in a secure environment.

Aug. 3, 2020

Crafting a Crisis Response Team

The simultaneous occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread social unrest has underscored how important it is for organizations to have a well-functioning crisis response team. In today’s post, we’ll take a high-altitude look at the best ways to structure, staff, and train such teams.

July 30, 2020

10 BCP Mistakes You Really Want to Avoid: Part 1

Wondering if your business is going to get your through the next wave of Covid-19 or some other business interruption? Make sure your planning efforts aren’t going to waste by learning about these 10 BCP mistakes you’ll want to avoid in your business continuity plan or program which can put your recovery at risk.

July 30, 2020

COVID-19: Making Return-to-Work Smooth for Workers

As more and more organizations make the transition back to a physical workplace, they’ll need to consider how to maintain the health and safety of their employees. This doesn’t mean, however, that workers can prepare themselves for the eventual return to the office. Here are some steps workers can take to mentally and physically ease the transition back to work.

July 30, 2020

The Business Continuity Do’s and Don’ts for Business Leadership Amid the Pandemic

According to the latest research, over a third of employers lacked an emergency preparedness plan when COVID-19 hit. Whether due to the infrequency of viral outbreaks, or lack of any business continuity plan in place, the road to recovery for those companies is long and complicated.

July 29, 2020

10 Steps to Tabletop Exercise Success

Your BCP was written last year and you were ready for anything! Then COVID-19 happened and you were caught flat footed. The plan didn’t really meet your needs in the end. Tabletop exercising exposes where your plan might be falling short before you find out the hard way. We’ve facilitated hundreds of successful tabletop exercises since 1983 and want to share our 10 steps to a successful tabletop. Join us to learn how to prepare your business and your plan BEFORE the next business interruption happens.

Service Provider Resources

Coronavirus Preparedness Resource Kit
Pandemic Communication Template
On-Demand Webinar: Protecting Your People and Your Business During a Pandemic
Learn about Expedited Onboarding with AlertMedia
Pandemic Planning Guide
Sample Plan Template
Pandemic Plan Template
C-19 Daily webpage
Pandemic Response Information
Contact Us
Webinar: Beyond Backup: Taking a Cloud-Native Approach to BC/DR
Gorilla Guides: Everything You Need to Know About Ransomware and Disaster Recovery
Coronavirus Threat Landscape: Regional Reports
Pandemic Readiness Toolkit
Free-COVID-19 Playbook + In Case of Crisis = Your People with Trusted Action Plans
Shield your business from Chaos
COVID-19 and your response
Webinar: No Business Continuity Program is Complete Without an Effective Crisis Communications Plan
Covid-19 Best Practice & Resources
On-Demand Webinar: Preparing for a Pandemic
Free Pandemic Plan Template
Coronavirus Response Solution for Corporate and Healthcare (watch this brief video)
Regroup Mass Notification Brochure
Tips for Managing a (Suddenly) Remote Workforce due to COVID-19
Webinars: Resilience 2020
Business Continuity for Remote Workforces (Webinar)
Unitrends Solutions
Unitrends Product Trials & Free Tools
Unitrends Programs & Promotions
An Update from Veoci on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Explore Our Webinar Series on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Veoci Blog
Pandemic Planning for your business
Download Complimentary COVID-19 Preparedness Self Assessment


Pandemic Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Regina Phelps, CEM, RN – crisis management, exercise design & pandemic planning expert
Lisa Koonin, Ph.D. – former CDC infectious disease expert
DRJ Digest – current pandemic and other BC/DR-related news at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET daily




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