Business Continuity Management (BCM) exercises allow participants to learn and understand the processes and procedures they must perform if a specific situation arises. To that end, here are a number of exercises, along with information about how they can be transformed into training tools for your organization’s staff.
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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.
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.
Pssssst. Hey, Scout. Tag! You're a zombie! Participants at the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree are turning each other into virtual creepy crawlies by the thousands this week.
The family of Jacob Beneke, 34, sued Accent Signage and the estate of gunman Andrew Engeldinger in February, alleging the company should have known from Engeldinger's work history that he was potentially dangerous. Engeldinger, 36, pulled a gun at a Sept. 27 meeting in which he was being fired and killed Beneke, four other co-workers and a UPS deliveryman before taking his own life.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
President Barack Obama eliminated money for the center and eight similar programs overseen by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in his budget plan. It's unclear what Congress will do, but the centers have been previously threatened with budget cuts and saw the money restored.
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."
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.
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."
The Center for Continuity Leadership, a company known for end-user continuity training, announced that it has rebranded and adopted a new name: Ripcord. Ripcord provides consulting and advisory services along with web-based informational, instructional and experiential trainings delivered from within a client’s Learning Management System.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Asigra Presents 10-Point Disaster Recovery Checklist For Proactive Enterprise Data Recovery PlanningJanuary 4, 2013 9:00 am | News | Comments
Asigra Inc., a leading Cloud Backup™, recovery and restore (BURR) software provider since 1986 has announced a 10-point checklist for enterprises preparing for events that require disaster recovery. With the potential for severe winter and spring storms over the next several months, the data recovery experts at Asigra recommend that organizations take proactive steps to prepare.
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.
Millions of Americans preparing to survive an earthquake ducked under tables and covered their heads Thursday as part of the annual "Great Shake Out" drill. "Hope doesn't save lives. Preparation does," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.
This graphic, DHS-funded video was designed to help Houston residents prepare for active shooter events by detailing the three options available if one is caught the crossfire.
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