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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Typhoon Warnings Now Mandatory in The Philippines

June 30, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Philippines has passed a law that requires cellphone companies to send warnings to millions of people in the path of deadly typhoons, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in an effort to reduce the high number of fatalities that occur almost every year. 

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Video:Vendors as Partners

June 30, 2014 9:09 am | Videos | Comments

Kurt Spangler, Senior Vice President of Continuity Logic, discusses the importance of working with vendors and how their experience and expertise can add new dimensions to your organization's business continuity plans and practices.    

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Video:Communicating With Executive Management

June 30, 2014 8:52 am | Videos | Comments

Melissa Owings, Business Continuity Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield, shares how she effectively communicates business continuity management information with executives.  She discusses the importance of keeping reports concise and informative.

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Webinar Addresses Continuity Insights-KPMG Survey Results

June 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Joe Shust Kpmg Llp, Continuity Insights Articles | Comments

Panelists discussed how their organizations have used data from this year’s CI-KPMG Global Business Continuity Management Program Benchmarking Study, which surveyed 434 business continuity professionals throughout more than 22 countries.  

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Conforming to ISO 22301: How to Establish an Early Warning System

June 23, 2014 3:05 pm | by Brian Zawada, Avalution Consulting Blogs | Comments

A key element of any business continuity professional’s job description is helping the organization execute its business continuity arrangements, or as ISO 22301 calls it in Clause 8.4.3, “detecting an incident” and then activating the response.  Taken one step further, ISO 22301 calls out a number of specific response-related requirements related to early warning or incident detection that organizations must consider

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Video:The Importance of Clearly Defined Roles in Exercises

June 23, 2014 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

Chris Wright, Senior Manager of Worldwide Business Continuity and Crisis Management at Amgen, Inc., discusses the value of clearly defined roles and responsibilities and the utilization of tools and supplies during his drills and exercises.  Look for next week's video where Melissa Owings with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, shares how she effectively communicates BCM information with executive management.

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Video: All Recoveries are Not Equal:Print and Mail Operations Often Require Additional Consideration

June 23, 2014 9:18 am | Videos | Comments

Chris Durfee, Director of Sales and Marketing for MailGard, discusses why some items, like print and mail operations, sometimes require extra consideration during recovery and why not all recovery projects are created equal.      

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NFL Team Chooses VOLO for Alert Messaging System

June 23, 2014 9:07 am Volo Recovery Product Releases | Comments

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced last week that they have selected VOLO, LLC. - the premier provider of SaaS solutions for enterprise risk management, business continuity and disaster recovery - to provide emergency communications for sending time-sensitive alert messages to its employees. 

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Warning Prevents Loss of Life During South Dakota Tornado

June 23, 2014 9:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A timely warning allowed an entire South Dakota city to shelter from a tornado that razed dozens of homes and businesses but injured only one or two people.  Ten businesses were destroyed and at least 43 houses were damaged or destroyed in the city of about 850 residents.

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Upcoming Pilgrimage Season Raises MERS Concerns

June 23, 2014 8:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to prevent the spread of a dangerous virus need to be stepped up ahead of the start of the Muslim pilgrimage season, when millions of people from all over the world will travel to Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization said last week.  The U.N. health agency has recorded 701 confirmed cases and 249 deaths worldwide from the Middle East respiratory syndrome, the vast majority of them in Saudi Arabia.

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention Workers May Have Been Exposed to Anthrax

June 23, 2014 8:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria because of a safety problem at one of its labs. Agency officials say the risk of infection is low, but that about 75 staff members were being monitored or given antibiotics as a precaution.

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Fireworks explosion kills one, injures two others

June 23, 2014 8:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 An explosion at a fireworks plant in Washington state fatally injured a 75-year-old man last week and also injured two other employees.  More people could have been hurt and more buildings damaged if the company hadn't been following regulations that require fireworks transfers to happen away from other buildings and other explosives

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How Organizations are Effectively Leveraging BCM Benchmarking Data

June 23, 2014 8:41 am | Webinars

In this webinar, a panel of leading practitioners will discuss how the 2013-2014 Continuity Insights and KPMG LLP Global Business Continuity Management (BCM) Program Benchmarking Study can be used to improve BCM programs, understand the steps required to implement these improvements, extract the most compelling data points and make use of lessons learned during the benchmarking process 

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Risky Business-Lowering the BAR

June 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Michael Shandrowski | Articles | Comments

Business professionals face the constant challenge to aim high or “raise the bar”.  However, as business continuity professional’s we often view things from a different perspective.  We face the constant challenge to aim low and “lower the bar” when it comes to business availability risk, or BAR.  This article shares concepts and methods for lowering business availability risk and reducing risky business.

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