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Hurricanes and Other Severe Weather Threats

May 16, 2018 - The hurricane season begins June 1 and brings with it many severe weather threats that can cause problems through November. Early predictions indicate 14 named storms, seven of which will be hurricanes and three of which will be major hurricanes. This is better than last year but still slightly above average. These articles cover a range of topics, including communication in a hurricane and legal issues of concern. What are you doing now to prepare your business to deal with the potential disasters that could threaten? 

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Business Continuity

May 9, 2018 - Business Continuity Awareness Week is May 14-18. The theme this year is "Working together to improve organizational resilience." It's a good time to take steps to ensure that your business will be able to recover from an emergency or crisis. The first thing you have to do is stop thinking that it won't happen here because, eventually, it will, and you need to be prepared. Everyone in the organization needs to be aware of any plans and to know what their roles are. These articles can help in your preparations. 

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Legal, Ethical and Cultural Issues of Business Continuity

May 2, 2018 - The laws and regulations of business continuity planning are pretty well known at this point, but ethical and cultural considerations may not be. These ethical and cultural issues are not illegal, but, as some have called some such practices, are "lawful but awful." You need to consider all these issues in your planning to prevent problems and even liabilities. 

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Testing and Training

April 25, 2018 - What do you think would happen if a Broadway play had no rehearsals? The actors all know their lines, but now the curtain is going up and nobody knows where to stand, where to exit, or where the props are. So they each know their parts but they have no idea how they work together. That play would probably close right after opening night. So what would happen if you had to use your business continuity plan(s) in a crisis without any kind of rehearsal? Would your people know what to do, where to go, who's in charge? We doubt it. Here are some tips on testing that will help your plan work when it's called on.  

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Data Breaches

April 18, 2018 - There's a data breach in your future, whether you believe it or not. As we find more ways to protect our data, hackers find better ways to steal it. The result of these breaches goes beyond the extensive financial cost. Your stock price may drop. Customer trust is eroded. Corporate reputation may be damaged. Recovering from all of these impacts is expensive and time-consuming. Your business continuity plan should include some planning for preventing and responding to these attacks. 

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Social Media

April 11, 2018 - If you are using social media as a tool, your organization can benefit (or suffer) in many ways. Using it ineffectively can cause problems that might negatively impact your bottom line. Using it well to gain new customers can have the opposite effect. Here are some of the effective ways to use this range of tools. 

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Communication in the Post-Truth Era

April 4, 2018 - a couple of years now. We find ourselves in the post-truth era. What does this mean to those of us who need to gain the public's trust to achieve our missions and improve our bottom lines? And what does it mean to our marketing communications? Crisis Communications? The most clues to navigating and surviving this era come from understanding what post-truth means. 

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Workplace Violence

March 28, 2018 - April will be the 6th annual Workplace Violence Awareness Month. According to workplaceviolenceawareness.org, workplace violence is a serious recognized occupational hazard, ranking among the top four causes of death in workplaces during the past 15 years. Additional BLS data indicate that an average of more than 15,000 nonfatal workplace injury cases was reported annually during this time. Remember that planning is the key to prevention. What's your plan to help prevent violence in your workplace? 

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Meetings & Events: Crisis Management

March 21, 2018 - So you have everything set for this event, the keynote speech is about to begin, and you sit in the back of the meeting room and breathe a sigh of relief. All of a sudden, you smell smoke and alarms are going off. People are screaming and running out the doors. This is one of those crises that could easily ruin your event. If you have a crisis plan, you may be able to deal with this situation and maybe even be able to get everything back on track. If you haven't thought about event crisis plans, now is the time to start.  

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Guns in the Workplace

March 14, 2018 - Does your company have a policy on guns in the workplace or at your events? These days, almost every company allows guns to be kept in cars in the parking lot, but do they let them in the office? And how do you handle requests from employees who want to bring concealed weapons to work? Every company has a right to allow or prohibit guns at work. Take a look at these articles and see if you need to develop or revise your guns-at-work policy. 

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Reputation Management

March 7, 2018 - How do you monitor your online reputation? How important is it to you? Maintaining a good reputation is critical to your business, as a bad reputation can adversely impact your bottom line. This week, we've gathered some articles to help you monitor, manage and protect your corporate reputation. 

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