October 23, 2014

Emergency Management Planning Guide — Useful Writing Tips

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Often our staff tries to avoid a “re-inventing the wheel” approach when addressing inquiries from our readers.  To that point and answering several inquiries of “how do I?” organize an Emergency Management or Disaster Preparedness guide for where I work, and for where I live …our staff reviewed its inventory of past articles and disaster recovery materials and decided to focus on a recent project completed in the Santa Rosa County in the state of Florida. Knowing that emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere and anytime, the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners supported and … [Read more...]

Webinar Presents 2014 Security Predictions

You can jump start security plans of your organization’s information security preparedness team by having them listen to this year’s one (1) hour Websense® 2014 Security Predictions webcast and report on Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. PST. In 2012. the Websense Security Labs™ researchers accurately predicted: (a) a surge in Java exploits would disrupt operations worldwide, (b) that employees would be besieged by spear-phishing emails and (c) that cybercriminal attacks would use mobile devices more creatively.  They also explained how to prevent cyber-criminals from stealing your … [Read more...]

Corporate Preparedness Levels Impact Bottom Line

Because many businesses are operating on limited resources these days, management very often may not feel that corporate disaster preparedness is a vital activity. This could be in part due to the “it will never happen to me” attitude taken by that management team. This Webinar -- presented by the SBA and co-sponsor Agility Recovery -- will review the far-reaching impact of disaster preparedness aside from the ability to recover following any interruption. Our staff recommends joining this webinar to better learn how corporate preparedness affects many key financial statements … [Read more...]

Free Online Small Business BC / DR Planning Tool Now Offered by IBHS

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Keeping your doors open for business is a concept that the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has promoted for many years with its long standing popular business continuity planning toolkit.  Many of our website readers are familiar with this disaster preparedness planning tool. As the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, our staff research team found that IBHS has just recently launched a free, online version of their business continuity planning toolkit ----entitled OFB-EZ™ (Open for Business-EZ).  This online version is a somewhat streamlined version which … [Read more...]

Risk Management and the Federal Government Shutdown

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by: Ben J. Carnevale, Managing Editor Wherever applicable, many organizations might well need to have solid business continuity plans and strong risk management teams in place to deal with the federal government shutdown. One of most important things an organization may need to with the federal government shutdown is to consider the risks posed to that organization under such shutdown conditions. Risk Register One example might be that of a multi-national manufacturer working closely with the Department of Energy, Department of Defense and/or the intelligence community --- one of … [Read more...]

Preparedness Tips for the Family

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Preparedness is a journey, and we get there one step at a time --- Plan, Prepare, Prevail.  And, families are no exception to the need to be prepared for surviving a disruptive event or disaster. Make sure that you and your family have the latest information on preparedness … check out the updated KIDS sections of ready.gov ….CLICK HERE. Here are some other links to add to your family’s reading resource file on disaster preparedness and readiness library….. KIDS …. Play games and test your knowledge and readiness levels. PARENTS … Get the whole family involved in … [Read more...]

National Preparedness Month — September 2013

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Just a quick reminder --- September 2013 is National Preparedness month throughout the U.S. And, given the fact that each year many small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes, it is a good time to remind all businesses that help with your own business preparedness planning is available in this National Preparedness Month period through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in collaboration with FEMA's Ready Campaign and the Agility … [Read more...]

Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada

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Emergency Preparedness Week - CANADA – e.g. an opportunity to take an active role in your community and support a culture of disaster preparedness in Canada -- is May 5-11, 2013.   More people working together can better communicate the importance of emergency preparedness to all Canadians. Emergency Preparedness Week Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996, and, is also a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations supporting activities at the local level, in concert with … [Read more...]

Emergency Management Enhanced by Public-Private Partnerships

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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...]

Prepare My Business begins 2013 Campaign of Free Preparedness Webinar Offerings

For the third consecutive year, the US Small Business Administration has joined with Agility Recovery to co-sponsor the Prepare My Business Campaign, a free educational resource for businesses of all types and sizes to become better prepared for disasters, both large and small. The 2013 campaign kicks off with the first of the free monthly educations webinars on January 15th called "2012 Year In Review: Valuable Lessons & Best Practices."  By registering and attending this free webinar, you can join Deputy Associate Administrator of SBA Disaster Assistance Joe Loddo and Agility CEO Bob … [Read more...]