The Difference a Hurricane Can Make: The Change of Louisiana’s Emergency Preparedness Effort

Thewaves of change in emergency management have been numerous sinceSept. 11, 2001. As direct result from these events, Louisiana’sstate and local governments were asked to assess and make changes totheir emergency preparedness efforts. This study will examine how thecurrent governor is prepared to deal with potential disasters, whathas been done in the areas of threat… Continue reading The Difference a Hurricane Can Make: The Change of Louisiana’s Emergency Preparedness Effort

The Next Generation of Mass Notification Software: How to bring your EN strategy up to date

In the early morning hours of Feb. 27, 2010, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the Republic of Chile. It was the fifth largest earthquake recorded since the beginning of the twentieth century. Over the next few hours, it became clear that an earthquake of such size could set off a tsunami capable of threatening Hawaii,… Continue reading The Next Generation of Mass Notification Software: How to bring your EN strategy up to date

What can your BCM Tool do for you?

How to demonstrate measurable ROI from the implementation of an effective BCM tool. Introduction In the economic landscape of today, it is no news to anyone that we see companies that have been in business for generations closing their doors.  Organizations that remain are forced to have leaner operations, coordinate just-in-time inventory levels and manage… Continue reading What can your BCM Tool do for you?

Business Continuity in Emerging Markets

As emerging markets have taken center stage in the global economy, so too have the associated risks. Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) as well as Africa are seeing more growth while the US economy is lagging behind these emerging economies. Therefore, investors are eager to finance mega deals in these countries, assuming that the… Continue reading Business Continuity in Emerging Markets

Computer based Modeling and Simulation for BC/DR

So far most simulations we’ve encountered in business continuity and disaster recovery planning have been limited to the table top variety conducted at a conference or perhaps coordinated within your organization internally. Such events typically involve groups of people role playing to act out events of a pretend disaster situation. It’s a useful way to… Continue reading Computer based Modeling and Simulation for BC/DR

Fraud: An Overlooked Risk

When we cobble together a risk list for an enterprise risk management (ERM) program, we round up the usual suspects. The major headings are weather, technology, and human. All standard concerns for any business continuity (COOP in fed-speak) plan. Since we are developing a true ERM program, we also look at things often either considered… Continue reading Fraud: An Overlooked Risk

Words Count in Emergency Notification

The benefits of an emergency notification system are easily diminished with the wrong choice of words – whether too many or not enough, imprecise wording can lead to panic and confusion rather than awareness and clarity. The message you send is just as important as having the right system to send it. Emergency communication has… Continue reading Words Count in Emergency Notification

‘Auld Lang Syne’ – Forging the Link and Building the Chain

As we end 2009 and usher in 2010, the famous “Auld Lang Syne” originally written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788 comes to mind. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the song, it is normally sung, danced, and reveled at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve all over the world… Continue reading ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – Forging the Link and Building the Chain