New Book: Disaster Recovery Planning for Communications and Critical Infrastructure, by Leo A. Wrobel and Sharon M. Wrobel


Pre-publication special offer: Order by May 15, 2009 for $89.00 — $10.00 off the retail price of $99.00!

Addressing the vulnerabilities in today’s critical infrastructure to natural disasters and terrorism, this practical book describes what professionals should be doing to protect their infrastructure before the unthinkable happens.

Readers learn how to maintain command and control in any disaster, and how to predict the probability of those disasters. Written by two highly regarded experts in the field, this one-of-a-kind book shows how to simplify risk assessments and emergency response procedures to disasters affecting our critical national and local infrastructure.

This practical resource helps professionals…

  • Understand the latest technologies that help assure word gets out quickly after an act of terrorism, a severe weather occurrence, or other destructive event occurs;
  • Set up procedures for “4Ci” (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and intelligence);
  • Assure that critical public services such as 911 centers will survive a catastrophic event;
  • Learn the basics of what a good emergency response plan should contain for critical infrastructure providers;
  • Create step-by-step plans and templates for assessing vulnerability in hospitals, government agencies, police and fire departments, EMT centers, water supplies, power grids, telecommunication networks, large business enterprises, and more;
  • Develop safeguards and standards for critical infrastructure systems and write “first alert” procedures;
  • Discover ways to have seismic, weather and other alerts delivered to a telephone, wireless phone, blackberry or email, taking advantage of online access to the Pacific Disaster Center repository.

Special Online Access with Book Purchase!

Practitioners can actually log in online to the vast Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) repository of weather, seismic, infrastructure, and demographic data to compute real probabilities of exposure to earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados, lightning strikes, and more! Plus, professionals gain access to some of the most useful PDC analytical tools. Log in with the guest password provided in this book and see these tools for yourself.

Leo A. Wrobel is the CEO of Dallas-based b4Ci, Inc. An active author, lecturer and technical expert in the communications industry, he has written/co-written 12 books and over 500 trade articles. Mr. Wrobel holds degrees in telecommunications systems technology, electronic systems technology, and business and public policy. Leo is also president of the Networking and Systems Professional Association (NaSPA) non profit organization serving the special needs of IT professionals since 1986. See: http://www.naspa.com.

Sharon M. (Ford) Wrobel is Vice President of Business Development for b4Ci Inc. Sharon attended the University of Maryland and El Centro College where she trained as a nurse before joining Leo in his businesses in 1997. Since that time Sharon has co-authored two disaster recovery books and has published dozens of articles.

Hardcover. 330 pp. Available May, 2009.

Pre-publication special offer: Order by May 15, 2009 for $89.00 — $10.00 off the retail price of $99.00! (Orders received after May 15, 2009 will be processed at the $99.00 price).

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FEMA Urges Awareness, Preparation As Keys To Surviving Tornado


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Advance planning and quick response is the key to saving lives when confronted with tornadoes.

Severe storms that often spawn tornadoes can approach quickly, and there may be only a short time to make a life-or-death decision.

March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) encourages Missourians to prepare ahead for the worst.

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Crisis Management: A Case Study on Mumbai Terrorist Attack


Survey: The Role of HR in Business Continuity Management


This new survey is from the Business Continuity Institute Partnership.

See The Role of HR in Business Continuity Management by Lee Glendon of the Business Continuity Institute.

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Report: Cybercriminals have penetrated U.S. electrical grid


Cyperspies from China, Russia and elsewhere have gained access to the U.S. electrical grid and installed malware tools that could be used to shut down service, according to a story published by The Wall Street Journal.

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FEMA Announces Release Of Final Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101


The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today the release of the final Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG) 101: “Developing and Maintaining State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local Government Emergency Plans.”

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Hazards We Hadn’t Worried About Before


The collapse of a gas station awning in Yuma, Arizona, in December is being blamed on an excess of pigeon poop. Four to five inches of pigeon excrement accumulated on the roof of a local Shell station awning, and was then soaked by rain, according to the sheriff’s department.

Sheriff’s Maj. Leon Wilmot said the additional load apparently was too much for the structure. The awning landed on a BMW and Hummer, but no one was injured, according to the Associated Press.

Just when you thought your contingency plan was complete…

As reported in the Natural Hazards Observer.

Annual study reveals cost of a data breach keeps climbing


Data breaches cost organizations $202 per exposed record last year [2008], a 2.3 percent increase over 2007, concluded the fourth annual Ponemon Institute study.

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Disaster recovery strategy shift reduces data loss, recovery time


“Under pressure to improve recovery time objectives and minimize data loss, IT veterans at MetLife Inc. took advantage of decreasing storage costs and an underleveraged data center to devise a multimillion-dollar disaster recovery strategy that met those goals, eliminated a security risk and will earn a double-digit ROI in five years.”

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Events: Business Survival and Recovery Conference


Contingency Planners of OHIO (CPO) annual Business Survival and Recovery Conference is coming this fall to the Online Computer Library Center in metro Columbus, Ohio USA, October 26-27, 2009. It is sure to be an exciting conference packed with educational information on Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Crisis Management, plus many networking opportunities.  Look for further conference information on their website at www.cpohio.org.

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Standards: Will New Standard for 911 Service Help?


The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) recently announced the approval of an American National Standard (ANS) enabling alarm companies to automatically transmit alerts to 911 centers.   Alarm vendors typically place a phone call to 911 centers when an alert sounds.

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