Social Media — The New Face of Disaster Response

It is our staff’s assumption that many disaster preparedness, first responder or disaster recovery team members fully recognize the growing role which social media and its social networks play as the primary source of news and information when disasters occur. In a recent InfoGraphic, the University of San Francisco Online Master of Public Administration group organized findings from a variety of surveys which collectively bring home the fact that during disasters, social networks often replace 911 as the go-to source for help and assistance in many communities throughout the U.S. A … [Read more...]

Free Webinar for ISO 22301: The New Standard for Business Continuity Best Practice

ISO 22301 is the new international standard for Business Continuity Management best practice, and provides organizations with a framework to manage risk and ensure that they can continue operations in any type of event. The standard will also give stakeholders and customers more confidence in the organization's resilience. In this free webinar, ISO 22301 expert John McGill will help you understand the ISO standard, why it's important, and how to plan for certification. This webinar is being offered Thursday,  May 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT. With his guidance, you will see how … [Read more...]

To Certify or Comply? — That is the Question Many Ask When Organizations Pursue a PS-Prep Standard

Lisa DuBrock, CPA, CBCP, MBCI --- a contributing writer to this website --- has recently written an article published in the Winter 2013 Edition of the Edison Electric Institute Newsletter --- which edition was dedicated solely to updates and stories about key business continuity issues in the electric power industry. The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of United States shareholder-owned electric power companies. Its members serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. … [Read more...]

Emergency Management Enhanced by Public-Private Partnerships

By:  Ben J. Carnevale, Editor This website has promoted the benefits of the Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) program from the beginning of its existence, and continues to believe that the private sector is also a vital part of our country’s emergency management team response and disaster recover capabilities. Along with FEMA and DHS, we also believe that the nation's vast network of business, industry, academia, trade associations, and other non-governmental organizations are equal - and equally responsible - partners in nearly every phase of dealing with potential threats --- i.e. … [Read more...]

Risk Assessment Practitioners Offered COSO Perspective

by Ben J. Carnevale, Contributing Writer Just recently, the Committee of the Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”) produced a new “thought paper” on risk management, offering ideas on how companies can better address and implement risk mitigation efforts. The Treadway Commission (… also known as the National commission on Fraudulent Financial Reporting) is a special committee formed in 1985 in the United States to investigate the underlying causes of fraudulent financial reporting. The commission was named after its chairman, former SEC commissioner James … [Read more...]

DHS Recognizes American Bar Association as PS-Prep Certified.

Upon being recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as the first non-for-profit organization in the U.S. to be PS-Prep certified for disaster preparedness and response under the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program, ABA President Laurel Bellows stated, “…our nearly 400,000 members and the public can rest assured that the ABA can recover from a severe business interruption and continue to serve their needs. The organizational resilience that disaster preparedness provides is critical in an increasingly unpredictable environment of global terrorism and frequent natural … [Read more...]

PS-Prep Program Seminar Coming Soon to George Mason University

Disaster Recovery, Disaster Preparedness, Business Continuity Planning, Organizational Resilience, Private Sector Preparedness, and Supply Chain Continuity, are all concepts that have become increasingly important during a period of increasing disaster related weather events, geo-political upheaval, and/or supply chain disruptions. This seminar will explore how to become compliant or certified to the PS-Prep program as enacted in Public Law 110-53.  This presentation will be given by Lisa DuBrock, and, will be held on November 13, 2012, at 6:30 PM, located at 4031 University Drive, Suite … [Read more...]

National Preparedness Month 2012 Free Webinar Offerings

As mentioned in an earlier posting regarding National Preparedness Month 2012, many resources are being offered this month of September to better understand and improve disaster preparedness capabilities for yourself, your family, your community and where you work. You can get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. This September series of free webinars is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign, as part of National Preparedness Month 2012. The SBA wants to … [Read more...]

PS-Prep Continues Ongoing Opportunity Battles

Since the recent announcement by ATT becoming the first company to certify under the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program (PS-Prep) --- many readers have been requesting more information updates regarding the progress of the PS-Prep program. To attempt to address those requests, our staff would like to focus on one of the major areas currently under a lot of discussion in various PS-Prep related blogs. Most of the postings reviewed center around an issue very well addressed in a recent article written by Luke Simpson, Continuity Insights … [Read more...]

BS25999 to ISO 22301

by Lisa DuBrock In May 2012, the International Organization of Standards (ISO) released a new standard for Societal Security, ISO 22301:2012.  This standard is intended to provide the global continuity community a baseline standard for best practices in business continuity management systems. The new standard is expected in the near future to replace BS 25999-2:2007.  This standard developed by the British standards Institution is closely aligned with the Business Continuity Institute's – Good Practices Guideline. It is expected that in the near future, BS 25999 will be retired.  … [Read more...]