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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. 

July 22, 2020

Safely Reopening Your Organization Using Mass Notification

During the webinar, Pat Scheckel from Singlewire Software will outline best practices for using mass notification systems to communicate plans for reopening while keeping everyone within an organization healthy and safe. As your organization works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, new precautions and expectations will need to be shared with workers to reduce the risk of spreading the disease and causing further disruptions to operations. Mass notification systems can offer an easy way to reach people with critical updates across a variety of channels by connecting to devices and systems you already have in place. Learn how phones, paging systems, speakers, digital signage, desktop computers, mobile devices and more can all be used for safety and alerting. Understand how you can develop messages to send reminders about washing hands, wearing masks, and maintaining social distance to keep operations running smoothly as you reopen.

July 22, 2020

Revising Your Disaster Recovery and Pandemic Plans

It doesn’t matter which industry each of us works within. Practical advice regarding disaster planning is universal, crossing businesses large and small, as well as professions. The Coronavirus has highlighted the need to have a business continuity and disaster recovery plan and a pandemic plan in place.

July 22, 2020

Use of Digital Services More Than Doubled During the Pandemic; What Does it Mean for Business

Consumers have become more and more reliant on digital services in recent years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, those services became essential. Use of digital services more than doubled on average during the pandemic lockdowns, according to a new survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sungard Availability Services.

July 22, 2020

Forrester Identifies 5 Pandemic-Induced Trends That Will Change Business & Technology Over the Next Decade

According to Forrester, the lasting global impact of COVID-19 will usher in five macro shifts that will permanently alter business and technology. A new report, “The New, Unstable Normal: How COVID-19 Will Change Business And Technology Forever,” describes how, despite modern healthcare and the implementation of extensive pandemic management protocols (PMPs), the effects of COVID-19 will continue to surface over the next decade and will cause profound short-, medium-, and long-term impacts.

July 22, 2020

White Paper: Tools to Help Manage COVID-19

A new white paper from Buffalo Computer Graphics reviews the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and highlights how important it is for emergency managers to have easy access to real-time situational awareness information.

July 22, 2020

Survey Finds 72% of IT Professionals State ITSM Continues to Be Effective in a Remote Work Environment

ManageEngine, the enterprise IT management division of Zoho Corporation, has announced the results of its survey, The State of ITSM in the COVID-19 Pandemic. The survey, conducted among more than 500 global IT professionals, highlights the ramifications and challenges the COVID-19 pandemic caused for IT service teams.

July 17, 2020

More Than Half of Consumers Changed Service Providers Due to Tech Issues During COVID-19, Study Shows

American consumers’ use of digital services more than doubled on average during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research released today. The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), polled 2,000 Americans and found that as reliance on digital services accelerates, consumers have less tolerance for outages. Some 55% changed providers or reduced service levels due to technical issues experienced during stay-at-home orders.

July 16, 2020

Preparing for a Hurricane While Navigating a Pandemic

Some forecasters are predicting a more active than normal hurricane season, adding stress to the conditions we are already experiencing with the current pandemic. To help navigate today’s perilous climate, In Case of Crisis by RockDove Solutions has developed a Natural Disaster Playbook.

July 16, 2020

New White Paper: Returning to the Workplace in Uncertain Times

Fusion Risk Management has just released a new white paper, Returning to the Workplace in Uncertain Times, to help organizations successfully recover and be prepared to address several critical questions before they can return to “new” normal operational levels.

July 16, 2020

COVID-19: The Future of Supply Chain

The Business Continuity Institute’s (BCI) latest research report examines the affects COVID-19 has had on global supply chains taking a look at the pandemic from two viewpoints: how organizations and their supply chains were prepared for such a global crisis, and what lessons have been learned about how organizations can ensure their supply chains are more robust moving forward.

July 15, 2020

Inaugurating Benchmarks for Disaster Preparedness

As of the end of June 2020 the U.S. has suffered more than 120,000 deaths relating to COVID-19. The first weeks and months of the 2020 pandemic were rife with foreseeable and preventable supply chain related catastrophes. Future research will undoubtedly show the delayed and insufficient governmental responses to medical experts’ requests for help and materials to have cost many innocent American lives. It is paramount for hospitals to never again owe their ability to continue operations to politicians ill-equipped to make proper medical decisions. The iterations of bottlenecked workflow in health care disaster response are being laid bare through the lens of COVID-19 response in America, every one of which demands a more provocative solution.

July 15, 2020

ContactPath by Watkyn Launches to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

Watkyn™, a team of leading authorities on cloud database application development, today announced the launch of ContactPath™. The first of its kind anywhere in the world, this innovative COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing software enables health authorities and others (e.g., colleges and universities, businesses) to reduce the spread of infectious diseases, including future pandemics. In addition, the software helps identify potential outbreaks and facilitates support services to be provided for those in quarantine.

July 14, 2020

The Future of Work after COVID-19: Tech Skills You Should Learn

The pandemic has changed our lives in one way or another. History will now be divided into two parts: before and after the COVID-19 outbreak. In this situation, one of the industries that suffer the least—and perhaps even gain a lot—is the tech industry. Many tech companies saw an increase in demand so high that they have more open positions than before. So if you weren’t sure before, this is the perfect moment to learn a tech skill. These are the skills that have been trending in the last few years and will continue to be after the pandemic is over.

July 14, 2020

AVANT Analytics Provides First Comprehensive Research Report on Unified Communications as a Service During COVID-19

AVANT Analytics, the market research division of AVANT Communications (“AVANT”), a platform for IT decision-making and the nation’s premier distributor for next generation technology, today released its 6-12 Report for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), the first comprehensive report with findings related to the pandemic’s impact on enterprise technology.

July 14, 2020

Scale Computing Announces Business Resilience Solution to Help Organizations When the Unexpected Threatens Operations

Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, has today announced a business resilience solution combining preventative availability and reactive recovery technologies to ensure organizations can keep data, applications, and workers online in an increasingly digital world with ever-present threats that can disrupt ongoing business operations and current investments in digital transformation projects.

July 10, 2020

Chain Pain: Supply Chain Problems in the Age of Coronavirus

Our supply chains have come under pressure like never before during the coronavirus pandemic. In today’s post, I’m going to look at vulnerabilities in the supply chain as revealed by the pandemic, the proper way to vet a third-party supplier, and what the future might hold in terms of companies’ use of third-party vendors.

July 9, 2020

Business Continuity: Planning for the Next Pandemic

COVID-19 continues to change business operations in ways that would have been unimaginable at the start of 2020. Some of these changes will be permanent, while others are just for now until our “new normal” emerges.

July 9, 2020

Cyber Resilience: A Crucial Component of the Stay-At-Home World

With today’s ever-rising threat of cyber criminality, especially in the rise in severity and frequency of ransomware attacks, and with a significant segment of the global workforce conducting business from home due to the Coronavirus, IT systems and data center operations, a foundational piece of infrastructure, remains vulnerable.

July 8, 2020

How Application Migration Helps Organizations Avoid Unnecessary Disruptions

The COVID-19 crisis has reinforced the importance of data centers and what critical impact they have on organizations. Entire industries are effectively being reset, and this transition has made digital infrastructure more important than ever. As part of that, CIOs are evaluating the shift toward a variety of modern data center solutions, including remote hosting and cloud services.

July 6, 2020

Homefront: The New Hot Zone for BCM Is Employees’ Home Offices

Since the advent of COVID-19 and the shift to work-from-home, employees’ home offices have become the new frontline in business continuity management. In today’s post, we’ll lay out six threats and risks of working-from-home that BCM professionals need to be aware of and plan for.

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




August 12, 2020 – DRJ Academy Introduction


August 19, 2020 – Preparing to Reopen: Protecting Employees, Customers, and Visitors


August 26, 2020 – Peak Hurricane Season: 9 Tactical Steps to Preparedness


September 2, 2020 – DRaaS Playbook: Achieve IT Resilience through Cloud-Based DR with iland and Zerto


September 9, 2020 – Situational Awareness – Present and Future Imperatives


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