Facing Coronavirus/COVID19 and Implementing Business Continuity

Many organizations are trying to figure out how to sustain in the midst of COVID19.  While we have been advocating business continuity plans for decades, many organizations haven’t seen the necessity.  COVID19 seems to be demonstrating that necessity.  Understanding that many organizations are not familiar with business continuity, I’m offering some considerations in this article … Continue reading Facing Coronavirus/COVID19 and Implementing Business Continuity

Deliberate Planning – Strategic Planning and Business Continuity

Many organizations put forth extraordinary effort to develop strategic plans to give concerted organization-wide direction to the organization for the coming 3-5 years.  Like many of my readers, I have been part of several strategic planning efforts in different organizations, sometimes helping to lead the way.  There is a great deal of value to strategic planning … Continue reading Deliberate Planning – Strategic Planning and Business Continuity

Business Continuity in the Food Service Industry

Last year I had the pleasure of working with a number of folks in the food service industry on business continuity.  Just like any industry, they have some very specific mission essential functions which must be maintained or minimally disrupted in the event of a disaster.  If you’ve watched Bar Rescue or other similar shows … Continue reading Business Continuity in the Food Service Industry

Business Continuity and Emergency Management Standards and Requirements

When building a business continuity or emergency management program – or the foundation of that program in a business continuity or emergency management plan – there is a lot of research that needs to be performed before much work can even begin.  Some of the most critical research is the identification of the standards and requirements which … Continue reading Business Continuity and Emergency Management Standards and Requirements

Business Continuity – Telework Capabilities and Policies

This month’s issue of Homeland Security Today (volume 11, number 3 – April/May 2014) features, along with a variety of other excellent articles, an article titled Virtual Crisis Response by David Smith.  Right up front they provide a thought-provoking factoid… The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the five-year cost of implementing telework throughout the federal … Continue reading Business Continuity – Telework Capabilities and Policies

Business Continuity Training in the Mohawk Valley

I’m very pleased to be working with the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Utica, NY to present a seminar for small business owners and others who may be interested in how to prepare their businesses for disaster.  I’ll be providing information and resources on the steps you should take to prepare your … Continue reading Business Continuity Training in the Mohawk Valley

Business Continuity – More than just a plan

Every year businesses are forced to close due to the impacts of disaster.  Research from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) tells us that the top four threats to business suffering the impact of disaster are: Power Loss Loss of Sales and Customers Length of Recovery Uninsured Loss How can businesses protect themselves against these impacts?  … Continue reading Business Continuity – More than just a plan

Continuity of Government – Preservation of Records and Data

A common but often low priority issue in emergency management is the loss of physical records and electronic data from a disaster.  To be honest, I ignored the issue for much of my career.  It wasn’t until working on a contract in the northeast and meeting with a lot of local governments did my eyes … Continue reading Continuity of Government – Preservation of Records and Data

National Preparedness Month Webinars for Businesses

September is National Preparedness Month in the US and to help promote preparedness across the whole community, FEMA is partnering with the Small Business Administration and their consultant Agility Recovery to spread the word to the business community.  Below is information on a webinar series with topics to help prepare your business!   Get Your … Continue reading National Preparedness Month Webinars for Businesses