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SIFMA Statement On Pandemic Accord Tabletop Exercise

February 4, 2014 10:11 am | by SIFMA | News | Comments

SIFMA issued the following statement in response to the Summary of Key Findings of the 2013 Pandemic Accord tabletop exercise that was sponsored by FEMA Region II, DHHS Region II, Federal Executive Board New York City, Federal Executive Board Northern New Jersey, Clearing House Association and SIFMA. Read the Pandemic Accord 2013: Continuity of Operations Pandemic Tabletop Exercise  Summary of Findings: 

Educate & Train Your Staff Through Exercise

December 10, 2013 11:50 am | by Harvey Betan | Articles | Comments

Business Continuity Management (BCM) exercises allow participants to learn and understand the...

Continuity Q&A: Vendors’ Perspectives On Mobile

October 25, 2013 9:43 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights interviewed leading mobile work-area recovery vendors to get their...

A Practitioner’s View: Choosing, Testing & Utilizing Mobile Work-Area Recovery

October 25, 2013 9:41 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

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Ready Rating: Assessing Preparedness & Simplifying Resilience

September 17, 2013 10:39 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Everyone knows they should be working toward preparedness, but small businesses and nonprofits sometimes have a hard time getting to the resources they need. So the target was to help businesses, schools and organizations get better prepared for emergencies — and Ready Rating was born out of that goal. We try to make it easier to implement business continuity. 

Should Recovery Tests Be Graded As Pass/Fail?

July 29, 2013 5:49 pm | by Richard Coglianese | Articles | Comments

It’s been said that an organization can’t manage what it can’t measure. Applying this principle to business resilience might read that an organization can’t count on what it hasn’t tested. It would be imprudent to assume that plans and solutions in place adequately address the risks an organization has defined.         

Boston Marathon Bombings Lessons Learned

July 1, 2013 5:10 pm | by Mike Jennings, CBCP | Articles | Comments

The tragic and sad events of April 15, 2013 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon remind us that we are never far away from terrorism. Business continuity planners should be thinking about the effects of a terrorist attack near their places of work and develop plans to address the threat. 

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AT&T Network Disaster Recovery Training Exercise

June 26, 2013 11:10 am | by ShareATT | Videos | Comments

Learn how AT&T works to prepare for natural disasters during a network disaster recovery exercise in Hartford, CT. AT&T's disaster recovery team can provide emergency cellular coverage and mobile charging stations in times of disaster.

Mine Safety Lab Creates Disasters To Train

June 19, 2013 9:11 am | by VICKI SMITH,Associated Press | News | Comments

Orange flames lick at the roof of the coal mine, heat building and visibility dropping as smoke begins to fill the underground passageway. Then, with the push of a few buttons on a hand-held remote, the flames flicker out, the smoke dissipates and the lights come on. The roar of fire is replaced by the trickle of nearby water. 

DRP Consultores Mexico & ICOR Form Training Partnership

June 16, 2013 6:15 pm | News | Comments

The international Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR), an international non-profit professional development and credentialing organization has partnered with DRP Consultores, a consulting firm that helps companies to develop Business Continuity Plans (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP).

Staying On Track When Trains Derail

June 3, 2013 10:26 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Records show that rail safety is steadily improving, but the month of May unfortunately highlighted the vulnerabilities of America’s railways. These recent derailments highlight the importance of planning for anything and everything. 

Hurricane Season Facts & Advice From Agility Recovery

May 31, 2013 9:04 am | by Agility Recovery | News | Comments

June 1 is the official start to the Northeast’s Hurricane Season and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), predict a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms for 2013, of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes, including 3 to 6 major hurricanes.

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FEMA & Partners Release 2013 National Preparedness Report

May 30, 2013 11:59 am | by FEMA | News | Comments

FEMA and its partners have released the 2013 National Preparedness Report (NPR). The NPR is an annual status report on the nation's progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The report also identified areas for national improvement in enhancing the resilience of infrastructure systems and maturing the role of public private partnerships.

AER & HSB To Develop Tech Tool To Forecast Blackouts

May 29, 2013 11:19 am | News | Comments

Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) and The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB) announced a strategic alliance that will provide a technology and services solution to comprehensively understand and assess blackout risk in the United States. The technology will be used by insurers and reinsurers, commercial and industrial firms, and other businesses.

Continuity Q&A: Walt Thomasson On Balanced Testing Exercises

May 24, 2013 12:31 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Walt Thomasson, Managing Director at Rentsys Recovery Services to find out more about the best testing strategies and current industry trends. "We see a large gap in the market right now when it comes to  creating a well-balanced exercise program."

Ardent Sentry Preps Northcom, First Responders For Disasters

May 24, 2013 10:37 am | by American Forces Press Service | News | Comments

A perfect storm of simulated disasters is slowly unfolding across the United States, as thousands of military and Defense Department members join their interagency partners in fine-tuning their disaster-response processes just ahead of the upcoming hurricane and wildfire seasons. 

Emergency Management Drill Riles Keystone Pipeline Opponents

May 24, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fall River County Emergency Manager Frank Maynard said an outside group of people in South Dakota with a stake in emergency management issues devised the scenario and he did not know what was being used as the source of the threat for Tuesday's drill until after it was carried out. He declined to identify any members of the group or where they are based, saying, "I'm not throwing anyone under the bus."

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Honeywell Revises Emergency Response Plans, Eyes Restart

April 26, 2013 12:22 pm | News | Comments

The plant has been closed since May of last year after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ordered Honeywell to make the site able to withstand an earthquake or tornado. The regulators also wanted the company to revise its emergency response plans to natural disasters.

C: Training & Professional Development Track — 2013 Continuity Insights Management Conference

April 11, 2013 12:16 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Events | Comments

A listing of the Training & Professional Development educational sessions at the 2013 Continuity Insights Management Conference and links to download presentation slides.

Organized Chaos Across The Pond

April 9, 2013 10:10 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Blogs | Comments

I definitely benefitted from “organized chaos” while I was abroad, and it seems that this same approach is equally beneficial for business continuity. Continuity professionals continually strive to innovate and add nuances to exercises to ensure full engagement by the participants.

Speakers’ Soapbox: Scott Shaw Gets Law Enforcement In On Exercises

February 14, 2013 3:19 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the 11th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, Scott Shaw, Senior Manager, Corporate Security, Transportation, and Disaster Preparedness at Aflac, discusses partnering with public officials for emergency response exercises and why former president Bill Clinton would have made a good business continuity professional.

How To Conduct More Effective BC Exercises (Part 2)

February 14, 2013 2:22 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Videos | Comments

At the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference, business continuity experts discuss the importance of setting exercise objectives and the need to view exercises as a training and awareness tool -- not a test that is passed or failed.

How To Conduct More Effective BC Exercises (Part 1)

February 11, 2013 2:42 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Videos | Comments

At the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference, business continuity experts discuss the importance of realistic exercises -- test the plan, don't plan to test -- and the need for a follow-up to review and act on the exercise results and feedback.

Speakers’ Soapbox: Bill Wostenberg On BC Exercise Mistakes & President Hoover

February 8, 2013 11:56 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

In the leadup to the 11th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, Bill Wostenberg, IT Service Continuity Consultant at Pacific Life Insurance, discusses the mistake to avoid when planning BC exercises and President Herbert Hoover’s disaster relief efforts.

BCM Exercises Don't Have To Be Boring: 3 Party Games For Effective & Memorable Exercises

November 26, 2012 1:36 pm | by Alison Kashin, Chief Creative & Technology Officer, Lootok | Articles | Comments

Gaming is an excellent way to increase learning retention and enhance teaming. Exercises are serious business, but with some inspiration from three popular party games you can let participants have a little fun while raising awareness about your business continuity management (BCM) program.

Doing More With Less: Recovery Services

September 17, 2012 1:02 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights speaks with Walt Thomasson, Managing Director at Rentsys Recovery Services, about how business continuity professionals can streamline their organizations’ disaster recovery solutions, mobile recovery trends, the importance of testing, and recovering multiple locations.

E. Program Development, Methodology & Measurement Track — 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference

April 4, 2012 12:09 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Events | Comments

A listing of Program Development, Methodology & Measurement educational sessions at the 2012 Continuity Insights Management Conference and links to download presentation slides.

Simulation Exercises: Tabletops on Steroids!

October 31, 2010 8:00 pm | by John A. Jackson | Articles | Comments

Business continuity and disaster recovery planning is the process of preparing for something we all hope, and expect, won’t happen. So, how do we know if our plans will work when we need them? We don’t … really. But the best way to ensure that they are as useful as possible is to conduct tests, drills, or exercises (or whatever your organization chooses to call them).

Webinar Watch

June 30, 2010 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

The latest webinars for your CI toolkit. Notification Q&A with the experts in July, and The Next REAL Pandemic in August. Plus, we’ve archived a great webinar on how to get the most out of your exercise.

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