FEMA Webinar: Financial Preparation for Disasters and Emergencies

On Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, FEMA is offering a free webinar entitled "Starting Early: Financial Preparation for Disasters and Emergencies" at 3:00 PM EDT. Do you have your finances ready in case a disaster strikes your family, community or business? Starting early to protect your finances is an important step in all financial elements of your life; preparing for emergencies is no different. FEMA has been working with its federal partners and whole community organizations to bring you new and revamped tools to be financially prepared. FEMA, the Ready Campaign, the U.S. Department of … [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...]

National Cyber Security Awareness Month Designated for October 2012

  Reminder - President Obama designated this October 2012 as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. October 2012 marks the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information … [Read more...]

How to Ensure Supplier and Supply Chain Management Delivers Value-Added Mutual Benefits

All too often, many organizations are facing risk management issues that seem to exist somewhat beyond their direct control.  An organization’s supply chain and the management of those supplier relationship dynamics are often the best examples of areas of risk mitigation where companies appear to be totally at the mercy of others. If your disaster preparedness, business continuity planning, private sector risk or risk management (PS-Prep) team members are talking about issues like this …then, you should consider asking them to attend a LIVE webcast with Jonathan Hughes, who will discuss how … [Read more...]

Business Continuity Planners Looking for Table Top Exercises — Check-Out FEMA’s Free 2012 Offerings

As mentioned in a prior posting, FEMA’s Private Sector Division / Office of External Affairs began a new series of tabletop exercises in 2010 as a tool to help private sector organizations advance their organization’s continuity, preparedness and resiliency. FEMA has continued to present new offerings into this series as a part of the Division’s vigilant efforts to incorporate the private sector across all stages of FEMA’s emergency management mission, to support FEMA’s capabilities, and to enhance national preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation of all hazards. To … [Read more...]

AT&T’s Experience in Certifying to DHS-Adopted (PS-Prep) Preparedness Standard Offered in Free Webinar

For many of our readers in the private sector and for those who are members of PS-Prep strategy planning teams in their companies, you may want to mark your calendar to attend a free webinar on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT. This 90-minute interactive webinar will be hosted by the Department of Homeland Security and will be about the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS-Prep™), and will also be focusing on AT&T’s experience as the first private sector company to certify to a DHS-adopted preparedness standard. The … [Read more...]

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week – April 22-28 2012

As the nation marks the first anniversary of one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are teaming up by naming the week of 22-28 April 2012 “National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.” NOAA and FEMA encourage the public nationally to "know your risk, take action, and be a force of nature" by taking proactive preparedness measures and inspiring others to do the same. While the type and severity of threats vary across FEMA's 10 Regions, the need to be prepared is … [Read more...]

Attend DHS Webinar Offering Free Risk Self-Assessment Tool

The Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Learning Series continues to provide one-hour Web-based seminars conducted by senior critical infrastructure protection experts on the tools, trends, issues, and best practices for infrastructure protection and resilience. Series offerings are available at no-cost and are highly recommended for the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) private sector and government partners, to include critical infrastructure owners and operators, and officials with responsibility for risk, security, and emergency management functions. To … [Read more...]

Brookings Report Reveals Deeper Understanding of Current Disaster Response Trends

What would be your reaction if you were told that 2011 was a below-average year regarding both the number of disasters that occurred in that year as well as the number of people affected by those disasters? If you were somewhat skeptical of that claim, then you should read the full report just released by the Brookings Institution entitled “The Year that Shook the Rich: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2011”. In that report you will find many statements that might or might not challenge: (1)  the disaster preparedness activities that your family has decided to implement, (2) the … [Read more...]