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Continuity of Supply a Growing Concern in Global Economy

May 21, 2015 10:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity of supply has become an increasingly important factor for resilience professionals as more organizations are beginning to rely on complex, global supply chains to deliver their products.  Supply chain disruptions can be extremely damaging to a business, especially one that relies on a large network of suppliers to create their products.

Speakers Discuss Emerging Issues at Full-Day CPE Meeting

May 21, 2015 9:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York City Chapter of the Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE) hosted its third annual...

Unions Urge Amtrak to Put Second Crew Member in Locomotives

May 21, 2015 9:40 am | by Michael Sisak, Associated Press | News | Comments

The union for Amtrak's locomotive engineers urged the railroad  to put a second crew member at...

Fire Guts Slipper Factory in Philippines, Dozens Feared Dead

May 14, 2015 10:26 am | by Oliver Teves, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire gutted a rubber slipper factory in a suburb of the Philippine capital Wednesday, possibly...

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The Nepal Quakes, The Recovery Process and the Human Side of Resilience

May 12, 2015 10:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Less than one month after a massive earthquake killed more than 8.150 and flattened buildings in Nepal, the small South Asian nation has been struck again.  Another earthquake, this time a magnitude 7.3 quake, hit north of the country’s capital of Kathmandu.  Early reports put the death toll at 37 with at least 1,117 injured.  

Keeping an NFL Stadium Secure: ACP Visits Home of Giants, Jets

May 5, 2015 11:33 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

On Friday, May 1, members of the Association of Contingency Planners’ Garden State Chapter were given an opportunity to tour MetLife Stadium, home of both the New York Giants and New York Jets, and learn about the ins and outs of how its security team manages the daunting task of keeping tens of thousands safe.

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference in Pictures

April 28, 2015 11:17 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference took place April 20-22 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.  The program included 70 speakers with expertise in a wide range of business continuity topics.  Here are some photos from the event.

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Top Five: Reasons to Check out the BCI's Business Continuity Awareness Week

March 17, 2015 9:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has declared the week of March 16 Business Continuity Awareness Week.  The theme this year will be “testing and exercising business continuity plans.”  The BCI has gathered webinars, blogs, materials and other information in an effort to help both experienced business continuity professionals and those new to the industry.

New Session Added to CIMC 2015

March 10, 2015 11:25 am | by CI Staff | Articles | Comments

A new workshop session has been added to the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference, as David Lindstedt, a professor at The Ohio State University, will present "Project Management Basics for Preparedness Planners" on Monday, April 20 from 1 to 3:45 p.m.

BC Pros Should be Aware of Emerging Issues

February 18, 2015 3:41 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference will feature several presentations from companies representing various industries that will focus on emerging issues.  Presenters will cover a wide range of topics that many BC pros will likely be faced with soon if they haven’t been working on them already.

Executive, Employee Support Help BC Programs Reach Full Potential

February 12, 2015 10:37 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s no secret that business continuity professionals are always trying to improve their programs to make them as efficient and effective as possible.  The bottom line is obtaining maturity without executive or employee support is going to be a difficult task.

Maintenance Workers Who Sparked Fire Never Called 911

February 12, 2015 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Maintenance workers who sparked a fire that left about 500 residents of a northern New Jersey apartment complex homeless never called 911 for help, documents showed.  A review of dispatch logs and 911 tapes revealed no record of any employee alerting authorities as the Avalon Bay blaze, which started when two workers tried to fix a leaky pipe, grew into an inferno on Jan. 21 in Edgewater.

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Two Years Later, Is Northeast Prepared for Another Storm Like Sandy?

October 28, 2014 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After Superstorm Sandy, officials in New York and New Jersey vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn't happen again.  Two years later, would it?  There are some concrete signs of tougher protections, but many planned projects are still years off.

For New Professionals, Business Continuity is a Challenging, But Rewarding, Industry

September 30, 2014 12:01 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Bc Management | Articles | Comments

As the business continuity field continues to grow, demand is growing for new professionals who are able to keep up with increasing demand.  Although it is growing, many people who are interested in business continuity aren’t sure how to break into the industry or what to expect once they get there.

Down Time Could Have a Serious Impact on Your Company's Reputation

August 19, 2014 10:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Avalution Consulting | Articles | Comments

Jacqueline Rupert, Managing Consultant for Avalution, spoke with Continuity Insights about down time and how it can damage more than just your company's finances.  "Going down" can also have a serious impact on reputation and could even adversely effect your company legally.

Video: The BIA as the Basis for your Operational Risk Program

August 19, 2014 9:16 am | Videos | Comments

Annie Searle, Principal at ASA Risk Consultants, discusses how Business Impact Analysis can and should be used as a basis of a strong operational risk program because it helps businesses understand what the critical processes and why they are so important.

Regardless of Industry, Down Time Can Have Dramatic Effects on a Business

August 5, 2014 10:59 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Mark Carroll, Senior Vice President of Income Research + Management, sat down with Continuity Insights to discuss down time, its impact on finances, processes and reputation an why business continuity practitioners are just beginning to discover its true impact.

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Risk Management Integration Key Topic at Inaugural Bay Area Emergency Managers Conference

August 5, 2014 8:55 am | by By Erica Agiewich | Articles | Comments

More than 100 emergency managers and business continuity professionals gathered on Aug. 1 at Genentech for the Inaugural Bay Area Emergency Managers (BAEM) conference.  The conference focused on integrating all aspects of risk management for more effective emergency response.

Incident Command System, Working With Children During Disasters Discussed at ACP Meeting

July 15, 2014 9:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) hosted its monthly meeting with an online audience, which featured presentations on Incident Command System integration and children in disasters, on Tuesday, July 8.  

Learning to “Speak the Language” a Key for Executive Support

June 30, 2014 2:17 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Avalution Consulting | Articles | Comments

Throughout the business continuity industry, practitioners are constantly looking for ways to engage – and stay engaged with – senior management, with the objective of gaining and keeping their support.  Practitioners should understand how executives think before trying to get their support.

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

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.

The ABC's of BCM

June 6, 2014 10:27 am | by Richard Coglianese | Articles | Comments

As more organizations face the need to provide their services regardless of operating conditions there is the realization that the related discipline of business continuity has it’s own lexicon: BCM, BCP, DR, BIA, RTO, RPO. Just what we all need, more acronyms.

The Quarterback’s Dilemma

April 9, 2014 10:13 am | by Allan Cytryn, Principal, Risk Masters, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Quality Risk Management enhances the ability of the Business Continuity Management team to effectively deal with uncertainties by providing a framework, skills and experience for more effectively managing risks and uncertainties.      

Some Services Restored After Quake In Chile

April 8, 2014 10:58 am | by LUIS ANDRES HENAO & LUIS HIDALGO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chilean officials said Friday that water, fuel, electricity and other essential services were being re-established, three days after a powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake. The government also issued a three-month health alert for the quake-hit regions.   

H2O: Lessons From The Elk River Spill

April 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

After a chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River disrupted “business as usual,” Continuity Insights spoke with Larry McDonnell II,  Mike Jennings, and C.W. Sigman, who shared their first-hand accounts of the aftermath, insights into what went right (and what went wrong) along the way, and analysis of how businesses can better prepare for unexpected interruptions.

No National System To Track Landslide Hazards

April 1, 2014 9:54 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA & PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn't even know the hillside could give way at any time.  

Victimized Twice By Sandy, NJ Bar Closes Again

April 1, 2014 9:28 am | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A business that once was a symbol of hope and recovery has now become a symbol of despair, illustrative of the hard time many New Jersey and New York residents and business are still having in getting back to normal a year and a half after Sandy.

Avalution Adds Automatic Business Continuity Metrics To Catalyst Business Continuity Software

March 31, 2014 2:45 pm | by Avalution | News | Comments

Catalyst Insights provides automatic business continuity metrics that enable business continuity and IT disaster recovery program managers to quickly identify and address preparedness gaps and report on their organization's true level of preparedness. 

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