Change Drivers in Cross-Border Supply Chains

Supply Chain Management remains a consistent growing concern on the list of business continuity management issues for global enterprise and even small and medium sized business entities.  This website receives several comments and requests to introduce more postings on this topic.  And, to respond to particular requests concerning supply chains, this website often turns to the website of Jan Husdal. Our staff research has indicated that it would be beneficial for our readers to discuss the topic of what supply chains might look like in the next 10-20 years, and what issues might have the most … [Read more...]

Current U.S. Preparedness Levels for Catastrophic Disasters Outlined by FEMA

Business continuity and risk management team members need to read the recent testimony, provided before the United States House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, Craig Fugate, regarding the current state of U.S. preparedness for catastrophic disasters.  This information was posted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on March 30, 2011. The information in this testimony should also be reviewed as relevant to or as potential … [Read more...]

Communicating Risk Remains Major Element in Risk Management Plans

Risk management team members --- add a recent article written by David Ropeik, posted on the Psychology Today website and entitled “Poor Risk Communication in Japan Makes the Fear Much Worse” to your required reading resource list. By asking the question, “Can the fear of radiation do more harm than the radiation itself?” our disaster preparedness and crisis management teams are asked to focus beyond the disaster reality and recognize that how you communicate the disaster reality to your employees, fellow executive management, the families of your employees and the communities affected by the … [Read more...]

Global Supply Chain Planning Teams offered Free Search Tool to Assess Risk in Japan’s Disaster Recovery Zones

Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, a long-time and trusted provider of business information, has recently launched a free search tool that should help supply chain management and purchasing agents in their assessment of status and performance of members of their tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers. This search tool allows identification of companies located in the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami which occurred in Japan on March 11, 2011.  And, as a result, is expected to help their companies in the assessment of their financial and business continuity both from the risk exposure of the … [Read more...]

FEMA’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

Reminder:  Over 1.4 million have registered to participate in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout on April 28, 2011.  Click here to register and find out more ways that your organization or business can get involved in earthquake safety. We all must get better prepared before the next big earthquake happens.  And, we all must practice how to protect ourselves when that earthquake happens.  The purpose of the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, and all of the free resources available, is to help people and organizations do both. Click here to select and view helpful and instructive videos and drills … [Read more...]

E-Discovery Reaches Historic Milestone

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) announced that “,,,a new day in e-discovery dawned from coast to coast in the United States and other countries this week as practitioners in law, litigation support, information technology, records management and other fields of endeavor learned they are members of the inaugural class of professionals who earned the Certified E-Discovery Specialist (CEDS) designation.” The landmark CEDS exam, which the CEDS candidates took at more than 40 secure testing centers worldwide, is the first legally defensible, scientifically verifiable … [Read more...]

Is FEMA Ready to Respond to the Next Big Disaster?

By: Lisa DuBrock, Contributing Editor and Writer Late Last week the Senate COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS led by Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) and Susan Collins (R-ME) held a hearing titled  “Catastrophic Preparedness: How Ready is FEMA to Respond to the Next Big Disaster?” In the wake of the catastrophe in Japan, the Senators called the hearing to understand the progress FEMA had made since the enactment of the’ Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act’ in 2006. Unfortunately, while much of the information provided and discussed indicated that improvements had … [Read more...]

Privacy Enforcement Actions on the Rise

In February this year, federal agencies and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced significant privacy enforcement actions that have resulted in millions of dollars in fines.  Could a potential privacy enforcement storm be brewing? In the past, this website has consistently listed privacy violation findings as a risk management issue that could become a financial threat capable of “closing the doors” of a business. Our staff continues to stress privacy concerns, information security and the potential threats from cybersecurity dynamics as critical components every … [Read more...]

Damaged Submarine Communications Cables in Japan —Yet another Global Supply Chain Issue to Address

Given the tragedies, threats and developing information that continues to occur in Japan because of the recent 9.0 quake, it seems obvious that business continuity and risk management teams throughout the world have to remain diligent and ready to review their existing BC/DR and business impact analysis (BIA) plans where subject to the effects of this tragedy.  Yet, with the added stress to supply chain management issues that also continue to result from this tragedy, it is certainly not a given that every company affected by this tragedy will be able to look at, re-evaluate and potentially … [Read more...]

Are You OK?

by: Lisa DuBrock, Contributing Editor and Writer Earthquakes…they have always been a part of our world, but it seems that recently they have been particularly devastating.  I’m not talking here about devastating in a financial sense  --- but, rather, in a loss of life.  In the last 15 months alone we have experienced major quakes in Haiti, Chile, New Zealand and now Japan. All of these quakes have produced a tragic loss of life.  They have also produced a high level of panic, fear, frustration and anxiety for the multitudes of family and friends frantically looking for their loved ones.  The … [Read more...]