September is National Preparedness Month

Organizations are committed to providing employees with a safe work environment. Their shared goal of maintaining safe, efficient, and attractive offices can only be achieved with the full participation of everyone who works on the premises. The following general safety practices outline ways in which this can be achieved.

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Developing Business Continuity Program Simulations

Table-top simulations are scripted events that focus on communications and decision making rather than physical response. The development of effective table-top disaster simulations require an artistic skill that combines realism with a logical flow of events. Likewise, conducting a simulation requires careful attention to control the flow and pace of events to meet the objectives of the exercise without unduly overloading the participants or boring them with unrealistic scenarios or lack of sufficient problems. Read the article to understand how to design and conduct a business continuity simulation program effectively.

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Preparing for the Next Disaster

In light of Japan's cascading disasters, it is time for American based organizations to step up their Business Continuity Programs. Organizations need to push their Business Continuity initiatives onto their priority list and ensure that their plans are for recovering their business and not just to pass an audit. Organizations need to evaluate their Business Partners' dependencies, Business Partners' ability to continue to provide goods and services after a major business disruption, ensure media and communication plans are up to date, and how well their employees are prepared.

When organizations perform a table top or disaster exercises, they are usually based on one type of disaster. Is your organization setup to handle a cascading set of disasters and have multiple teams handling recovery and communications while executive management is focused on making strategic decisions for the organization?

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A Marriage of Craft and Technology

Creating efficient Business Continuity Programs involves a careful assessment of resources and strategies. What knowledge, skills, and tools are best suited to support planning and program development? Who should be brought on board to manage the task? What are the core competencies that would be required of an effective Business Continuity practitioner given the scope of your business? Should an outside consultant be retained, and if so, who would be most appropriate?

To search out competent planning professionals, one must first understand that there are basic tenets that lie at the root of contingency planning. Ensuring that planners are equipped with this knowledge not only guarantees success for your company, but advances the whole theory behind continuity management.

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Business Continuity. Are You Prepared? Strategies, Products,
and Services for Today's World

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is no longer a task executed only by wary IT leaders or cautious risk managers. Ensuring Business Continuity is the fiduciary and managerial responsibility of every corporate executive. Nor is Business Continuity a luxury, affordable only during economic good times. Like insurance, BCP is an expense that can protect against tremendous loss. It is a critical investment that, well-chosen, can deliver incomparable payoff. So how should executives select the appropriate continuity options?

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The Role of Technology in Planning for a Pandemic

Developing an Avian Flu response plan as part of the organization’s overall Business Continuity Program is both necessary and prudent. While human infections have been limited so far, the disease is spreading and will eventually reach North America then spread through Central and South America, most likely following the migratory routes of wild birds or possibly through the importation of infected birds. Does this mean that the Avian Flu will become a risk to humans and result in a pandemic? Not necessarily, but if it does, the results can be catastrophic. Beyond the human toll, most businesses will suffer through the absence or death of key personnel, reduced income, stock price declines, and other losses. At best, planning for the possibility will encourage organizations to update and perhaps re-evaluate their Business Continuity programs, so that they will become more resilient against any unexpected event. So the question is, "how best to start?"

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Which Comes First, Business Continuity or Security?

Organizations often wonder, which to consider first: security or business continuity. Although both programs place emphasis on people processes, facilities, and technology, they each do so differently.

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World Class Business Continuity

Written by MLC's President and CEO, Mary Carrido, and published in CXO America, this article discusses the need for Business Continuity strategies in a constantly changing international market. Carrido goes further to outline the common, best, and world class Business Continuity strategies.

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