Leveraging Regional External Agencies to Strengthen your Program

On-Line Resources – Public Agency Emergency Management Information DRJ / ARMA / DRII / FSTC / NFPA 1600 Generally Accepted Practices (GAP). DRII Professional Practices. DRJ / DRII Glossary ANSI / NFPA 1600:2010 – Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. National Fire Protection Association, 2010. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), FEMA. Emergency Planning… Continue reading Leveraging Regional External Agencies to Strengthen your Program

The Importance of a Human Resources Commitment to BCP

In today’s world, all organizations in an enterprise environment need to work together to create a holistic response to a disaster event. For many years, groups like operations, information technology and finance have been key focal for points for preparing for events. Lately, there seems to have been a greater focus on the some of… Continue reading The Importance of a Human Resources Commitment to BCP

Business Continuity and Technology – the Strengths and the Weaknesses

Over the past two decades, business continuity has become a vital business requirement within the corporate environment. What was once conceived as a solution to protect mainframe computer systems during a full-blown disaster has now become an essential part of protecting an organization’s business operations. Business continuity planners have relied on technology to assist in… Continue reading Business Continuity and Technology – the Strengths and the Weaknesses

‘What If That Don’t Work?’ Some Timely Thoughts for Small Business

My thoughts were swirling during the chaos and devastation as tornadoes marched across Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia during the last week of April. Small businesses suffered catastrophes ranging from total loss of their facilities to the inconvenience of not opening because of lost power. They were shaken, and shaken badly. Flood waters drifting down the… Continue reading ‘What If That Don’t Work?’ Some Timely Thoughts for Small Business

Lessons Learned from the Japan Earthquake

On March 11, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake rocked the main island of Honshu Japan. The earthquake, tsunami and its aftermath caused devastating human, social and economic damage. People around the world were stunned by video of exploding nuclear power plant buildings, demolished cities and personal accounts of the tragedy. The earthquake also heavily disrupted global… Continue reading Lessons Learned from the Japan Earthquake

Wild Radiation Speculation Unfounded

As the situation has progressed, there has been more than adequate media speculation on the damage to the nuclear power plants at Fukushima Dai-ichi. Now that radiation exposure has been measured, continuing the evacuation in areas within the immediate areas up to 20 kilometers from the plant is recommended but speculating about radiation at a… Continue reading Wild Radiation Speculation Unfounded

The Silver Lining in Japan’s Great Earthquake Disaster

The earthquake, tsunami, and ongoing radiation threat of “3/11” have delivered a telling triple blow to the people of Japan. With more than 15,000 confirmed dead and nearly 9,000 still missing, the loss of life, the physical destruction, and the human suffering caused by the events of March 11, 2011, have taken their toll on… Continue reading The Silver Lining in Japan’s Great Earthquake Disaster