Certification: Is it Worth It?


This article is excerpted from BCP Confidential, a blog written by Nathaniel Forbes in Singapore.   Reproduced with permission.

Like the euphemism “sub-prime,” the word “certified” is losing its meaning in Asia as the number and variety of BCM certifications and their purveyors grow like vines in the jungle.   Attend a course, get the certificate and poof!   You’re certified!

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NOAA Recognizes San Francisco as TsunamiReady™


San Francisco has completed NOAA’s National Weather Service TsunamiReady™ recognition program, better equipping the city to prepare and warn its citizens for tsunamis. San Francisco is now the most populous city in the United States to achieve TsunamiReady™ recognition and joins more than 60 TsunamiReady™ communities throughout the country, including 14 in California.

Marking this achievement, city officials received a TsunamiReady™ toolkit that includes road signs that identify tsunami inundation zones, evacuation routes and safe areas.  Mark Tew, deputy director of the National Weather Service Western Region and Dave Reynolds meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in Monterey presented the toolkit today at Ocean Beach.

To be recognized as TsunamiReady™ and StormReady®e, a community must:

  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center;
  • Have more than one way to receive tsunami and severe weather warnings and forecasts to alert the public;
  • Create a system that monitors local weather conditions;
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars; and
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

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When a Storm or Flood Threatens:

  • How do we maintain mission-critical operations?
  • How do we protect and recover our workforce?
  • How do we protect business assets?
  • How do we recover from a catastrophic event?

The COMPLETE HURRICANE & FLOOD PLAN TEMPLATE FOR BUSINESS provides an easy-to-use, step-by-step planning template.

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Research: Pandemic Planning Drops in U.K.


New research, gathered by the Continuity Forum and funded by Roche Products Ltd, has found that three quarters of U.K. bosses (73 percent) are not supportive of pandemic planning activities.   This is despite the National Risk Register highlighting influenza pandemic as being the greatest single current threat to Britain.

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Commentary: What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate


Nearly half of U.S. states either have no state-level emergency plan or do not provide it readily to the public, according to a new study by George Mason University Professor of Communications Carl Botan.

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Event: Third National Emergency Management Summit


The Third National Emergency Management Summit will be held March 4-6, 2009 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel.  The event is billed a response to many events, both environmental and geopolitical, which has  created both a heightened risk and a heightened awareness of natural disasters, epidemics and terrorism in the US.

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Emergency Response: Five Useful Practices


Advanced government organizations are leading the way by embracing new technologies, capabilities, and ideas that improve emergency response communication.   Here are five useful practices that are emerging.

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Buncefield Investigation Board publishes final report


The Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board has published its final report and announced the conclusion of its work.

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Commentary: Continuity in Recession


These are turbulent times for businesses, tumbling from the realization of sub-prime into the credit crunch and now a sustained period of global recession.   But what does it mean for business continuity?   Is it now a dispensable overhead – a hygiene factor, a luxury that organizations can afford to forego, or are we missing something?

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Deal: Iron Mountain and Microsoft on Cloud-based Backup and Recovery


Iron Mountain Digital, the technology arm of Iron Mountain, has announced the signing of a strategic relationship with Microsoft Corp. to deliver a cloud-based backup and recovery solution for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007.

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ASIS Releases New Standard for Chief Security Officer


ASIS International has released its first American National Standard, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) Organizational American National Standard. Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the new CSO Standard is based on the ASIS CSO Guideline.

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FEMA Unveils National Disaster Housing Strategy


The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released the National Disaster Housing Strategy.   The Strategy summarizes, for the first time in a single document, the many sheltering and housing capabilities, principles, and policies that guide and inform the disaster housing process.   The Strategy also charts the new direction that U.S. disaster housing efforts must take to better meet the disaster housing needs of individuals and communities moving forward.

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