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[30 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | 2,489 views]
Plan for Pandemic-How Resilient is Your Business and What Happens if Employees Don’t Show Up?

–By Ron French–
Disruptions of business services and operations are generally related to catastrophic and sudden technical failures, disruptive natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, or caused by human error or sabotage. However, disruption of business operations, due to pandemics, mainly affects the availability human resources to continue their assigned work. A pandemic is not a sudden event leading immediately to immediate response and recovery phases. Because a pandemic is human resource oriented, preparation for one and recovery requires planning and activities to limit inter-human contact such as quarantines, restriction …

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[30 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | 1,792 views]
Business Continuity Planning and Swine Flu

–By Dr Steven Eastaugh and Linda Kleckner, JD–
Our culture of contentment usually sets aside that, which in the longer view, disturbs contentment. To protect our employees and our business we must react in a nimble, smart and flexible way. In this context, continuity planning is the first test of management’s competence. Our experience with the avian H5N1 flu in 2005 and the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic in 2003 suggests six actions that your business should take in the current crisis.
First, invest in …

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[28 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | 1,771 views]
Common Sense Methods to Deal with Swine Influenza

–By JJ Nathan–
1. Stay calm, even though your first reaction may be to panic. Some of the world’s best doctors, scientists and leaders are aware of the potential impact of the swine flu and are acting accordingly to mitigate the risk of a pandemic.
2. Avoid information overload (and specifically misinformation overload); find a few sources of information that you trust (e.g. http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/?s_cid=tw_epr_75 or http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html) and stay informed.
3 . Base your decisions on fact, not on rumor or emotion.
4. Use common sense in staying healthy and avoiding the swine flu. For …

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[28 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | 4,060 views]
The Swine Flu – A Case For Telework

–By Gaston Boisson–
We’ve been talking for years about the need to integrate Telework into our normal operations to reduce the impacts of biological, chemical, or nuclear events, including the potential for pandemic outbreak. Just last month, bills were introduced in both houses of Congress to increase the number of home based Government employees.
With the threat of the first major pandemic outbreak since the Hong Kong Flu epidemic from 1968 to 1969, a flu which killed over 750,000 people, Telework is the best solution to minimize exposure and maintain productivity.
While …

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[13 Apr 2009 | One Comment | 3,727 views]
Implementing Document and Record Management Systems into Your Business Continuity Plan

–By Nick Vasilyev–
Introduction
Effective business continuity planning requires the timely restoration of critical functions after a disruption to normal business operations. This would include developing plans for the recovery of essential IT infrastructure, critical applications, and time sensitive business processes. In the aftermath of emergency situations, however, it is all too common to find that organizations fail to plan adequately to protect and replicate paper records, as necessary to mitigate risk and continue operations.
Not only is paper easily lost, but it is also very fragile and easily destroyed. In case …

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[13 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | 1,898 views]
Emergency Response Planning for Schools

–By Ron French–
In the Past
School safety procedures have historically focused on Facility Evacuation or Fire Drill exercises. These exercises are typically performed on a regular basis throughout the school year. Facility Evacuation procedures are the appropriate response for fire emergencies and for certain other threats, such as bomb threats and internal hazardous releases.

New Threats
Over the last few years, Terrorist Attacks and Hostile Intruder situations have emerged as serious threats. These threats require “Emergency Lockdown” or “Shelter-in-Place” procedures be executed – the exact opposite of a Facility Evacuation. Terrorist Attacks and …

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[13 Apr 2009 | Comments Off | 6,323 views]
Physical Security and BCP

–By JJ Nathan–
Physical security is defined as “the measures used to provide physical protection of resources against deliberate and accidental threats.” Resources may include your organization’s people, the physical plant, mission critical assets, company equipment and manufactured/stocked/or stored products. Examples of physical security solutions include locks, alarms, access control and CCTV. Physical security
should be an important element in any organization’s business continuity (BC) or continuity of operations plans (COOP), however, physical security planning is often overlooked.
As recent events have shown, organizations worldwide are not adequately prepared for breaches in physical …

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[24 Mar 2009 | One Comment | 1,926 views]
A Global Perspective Needed for the Business Impact Analysis?

–By Jessica Blond–
In the era of Globalization every firm knows that it is vulnerable. Surprisingly, very few do much about it! Business Continuity Planning must go beyond preparing for and insuring the ability to continue operations at headquarters after a disruption; the field must step back and take a harder look at the international supply chain in order to meet the needs of its clients.
While a few years back, this article might have been geared only towards large multi-nationals with manufacturing plants operating on various continents, today small to medium …

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[13 Mar 2009 | Comments Off | 2,312 views]
The Functioning Crisis Management Team

–By Ron French–
Certain assumptions must be made when developing a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) or a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). Business operations during an emergency are not “business as usual”. Decisions that are critical to the resiliency of a business in an emergency must be made by managers that are fully knowledgeable of their operations and fully documented in the organization’s BCP/COOP.
Unanticipated threats and emergencies can and will occur with no warning that could cause a significantly adverse impact on an organization’s mission essential operations. It is important, therefore, …

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[13 Mar 2009 | Comments Off | 2,030 views]
Pandemic Concerns – Avian Flu and More

–By Ron French–
The recent scares throughout the world regarding the Avian influenza virus strain known as H5N1 has the potential for causing a worldwide flu outbreak that could affect millions of workers and result in massive absences from work. This massive international absence from work is most troublesome to all industries. Unlike seasonal influenza, a pandemic influenza could present as much risk to the young and healthy.
A scenario for a pandemic may be sustained worldwide social disruptions, economic chaos, and significant loss of life. There could be disruptions in …