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Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 15-21. NOAA says that this is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. We only have to remember Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy to realize that one storm could shut down our organizations, possibly forever, but at least for years. With this in mind, isn't it the smartest thing to prepare well ahead of time for the worst-case scenario? To help you do this, we've provided the articles to assist in your planning.
Business Continuity Awareness Week is an annual event, organized by the Business Continuity Institute, and is designed to raise awareness of business continuity and resilience. This year it will be held May 16-23. The theme for the week is return on investment and it will look at the many advantages of business continuity. For example, your insurance premiums may be reduced (or not increased by as much!) if you an effective business continuity plan. Or possibly the analysis of you did of your organization has identified the potential for efficiency savings. Have you thought about what your business continuity ROI could be?
We've probably all heard the phrase “fail early, fail cheap,” but have we heeded its warning? When testing your business continuity plan, one of the most effective outcomes is learning where it failed -- before you need to use it. Early failure can be addressed and costs less -- in terms of money, manpower and business impact -- than failure when the plan is critically needed. If you think of testing and training as the keys to the continuity of operations, you'll get busy now. This week's articles can provide some help.
Most people understand the importance of getting management buy-in, but many don’t know how to go about it and succeeding. Also, many are not aware of how critical it is to get support throughout the organization in order to make things happen. In this issue, we have assembled some articles and a video that can provide guidance on the best ways to get buy-in.
Since 2000, social media use by businesses has grown and is now standard fare for many organizations. Others just don't want anything to do with it, fearing the risks it presents. But social media can play a critical role in business continuity, and this week's articles discuss that role and how to manage and/or mitigate the risks prevented.
Crisis communication has been an evolving field for some years now. Most of us have learned that a prompt, well-considered response is critical in crisis situations. In this issue, not only can we learn what not to do, we can learn some specifics of what to do from the likes of Beyonce and the Somali pirates, as well as get some good tips from other experts.
The month of April is Workplace Violence Awareness Month and is commemorated nationally, for the fifth year, by the Alliance Against Workplace Violence (AAWPV). AAWPV intends to "highlight the preventable nature of most workplace violence incidents." This issue reinforces their efforts... please take the time to read how you can recognize and help prevent violence in the workplace.
At today's meetings and events, the security of your content is as important as the safety and security of your attendees. You still need to take all the usual steps of creating a plan, assessing the risks, and testing that plan. What's newer, however, is the critical need for security of any intellectual property at events. This issue provides valuable information on every type of security needed at your event.
What value do you put on your organization's reputation? Is it a critical part of your business continuity plan? It certainly should be. In today's world, where almost no information remains “secret” for long, protecting your company's name should be at least as important as protecting its assets, because reputation is one asset that is easy to destroy... and difficult to rebuild. This week's articles provide information on this critical aspect of your organization.
If you looked around you, could you pick out which of your colleagues is an insider threat? Maybe, but probably not. And, if you could, what would/could you do about it? Sadly, most organizations do not have a much better chance of picking out the threats than you do and less of an idea on how to mitigate the risk they present. If you don’t know how to identify and deal with these human risks, however, your organization can suffer serious consequences. Take a look through this week’s articles to find some ideas on how to deal with insider threats.
Shelter-in-place orders are used more than you might think. Just last month, UMass Amherst (MA) and Gadsden State (AL) were on lock-down for various reasons. Chemical spills in your vicinity, fires, active shooter incidents and many other situations may required that you shelter in place for some period of time. We're sure you know that you need water, medical supplies, food, etc., in order to shelter in place. In this issue are some things you may not have thought of.