With the outbreak in West Africa and cases now in Europe and the United States, Ebola has been all over the news. While many of the facts about the virus have become common knowledge in the past few months, others have not. Here are five facts about Ebola that every business continuity professional should know.
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Health officials are intensifying the monitoring of hospital workers who provided care to the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. after one of them was infected with the virus despite wearing protective gear. Tests confirmed the first known case of Ebola transmitted in the nation.
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.
Italian authorities and medical experts insist that the risk of Ebola spreading from Africa to Europe is small, given that the virus only spreads by direct contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids. While the risk of the disease coming to Europe is low, the EU must improve coordination and prevention measures to better diagnose, transport and treat suspected cases.
Half-day safety course encourages airplane passengers to be aware of their surroundings and familiarize themselves with what happens in an emergency. Participants learn the best way to brace for a crash, how to open aircraft doors and why to wait until exiting a plane to inflate life vests.
Ken Simpson discusses the importance of the "cyber supply chain" in preparing for cyber threats and how business continuity and logistics can go hand-in-hand for organizations looking to prevent such threats. He also discusses sharing the critical cyber threats with senior management.
The Be Safe America Foundation will kick off National Preparedness Month, which begins in September, with an event at the National Grid Headquarters in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, Aug. 28. The event, which will be held in conjunction with the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP), will be a “strategic briefing” about the foundation’s planned initiative, BE Safe America.
Suzanne Bernier of SB Crisis Consulting discusses how social media has become an important and effective vehicle to share critical information. As a complement to traditional media, many organizations and first responders have embraced social media for timely crisis communication.
Ms. Michael Redmond, CEO of Redmond Worldwide, discusses the importance of creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan. She also talks about implementing the plan and what steps should be taken before and after an emergency situation
Mike Keating, Vice President of Business Continuity Management for Reinsurance Group of America, discusses how his company reinstated its global business continuity program despite the challenge of having a thin staff and several teams of employees overseas .
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.
Regina Phelps, founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, spoke about the importance of business continuity exercises at the Continuity Insights West Conference on Tuesday, June 10 at the South San Francisco Convention Center.
Successful engagement with senior leaders is a three-step approach, according to Judy Analco with ERM. Judy shares her thoughts in this week’s video installment, recorded at this year’s Continuity Insights Management Conference. Next week Bruce Blythe will review his “mental algorithm” for assessing and responding to critical events.
“Integrating Simulation Cells into Your Drills and Exercises,” is the message shared in this week’s video by John Jackson, Executive Vice President, Fusion Risk Management. Be sure to watch next week’s episode where Judy Analco with ERM, discusses her passion for, “How to Communicate Complex, Technical, and Abstract Information to Your Target Audience.”
The next video in this series features Kathy Lee Patterson, Business Continuity Project Manager with Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia. Her topic is "Engaging Senior Management Into Your Exercises." Take a quick look at this week's video!
In a video message posted on the Justice Department website Tuesday, the attorney general says training is critical since patrol officers who arrive first on the scene are increasingly being relied on to respond directly to shooters rather than waiting for SWAT teams.
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.
Continuity Insights interviewed leading mobile work-area recovery vendors to get their perspectives on mobile recovery. We asked them to share their top tips in regards to needs assessment, justifying ROI, the RFP process and the training phase. They also shared their thoughts on the primary advantages of mobile recovery, as well as the trends and opportunities they foresee for the future mobile recovery.
Continuity Insights sat down with Tim Mathews, executive director, enterprise resiliency at ETS, an organization that develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at 9,000+ locations worldwide, to learn more about Mathews’ views on mobile solutions, his best-practice mobile recovery testing tips, and how mobile recovery helped ETS after a real-life disaster.
B23: Wednesday, October 16, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The more familiar staff and mission-critical personnel are with emergency policies and procedures, the more likely they will respond efficiently when a business disruption occurs. Therefore, it is crucial to develop a comprehensive training and exercise plan that validates an organization’s business continuity plans. In this session, the presenter will share lessoned learned from rejuvenating the Red Cross’ training and exercise programs.
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.
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