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Business Continuity Today

Author: Todd De Voe

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BCT is a podcast that focuses on keeping your business up and running when disaster strikes. After a disaster 1 of 4 businesses will never open their doors again. We are going to talk about how to make sure your doors stay open after a disaster strikes.
33 Episodes
You may have heard that Texas has been impacted by one of the largest blackouts in the United States. What are some of the lessons that we have learned from this event? Can this be prevented in the future? Is Climate Change to blame? Is your organization ready for any type of hazard that can come it's way? LinksThe Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - -
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 40-60% of small businesses close permanently after a disaster. Among businesses that are closed for at least five days, 90% fail within a year.A good disaster plan means fewer days out of business, better communication with employees and customers, and a better settlement from your insurance company. Add it all up and your plan could be the reason your small business beats the odds.The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - -
Over the last decade, California has experienced increased, intense, and record-breaking wildfires in Northern and Southern California. These fires have resulted in a devastating loss of life and billions of dollars in damage to property and infrastructure. Electric utility infrastructure has historically been responsible for less than ten percent of reported wildfires; however, fires attributed to power lines comprise roughly half of the most destructive fires in California history. With the continuing threat of wildfire, utilities may proactively cut power to electrical lines that may fail in certain weather conditions to reduce the likelihood that their infrastructure could cause or contribute to a wildfire. This effort to reduce the risk of fires caused by electric infrastructure by temporarily turning off power to specific areas is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). However, a PSPS can leave communities and essential facilities without power, which brings its own risks and hardships, particularly for vulnerable communities and individuals. From 2013 to the end of 2019, California experienced over 57,000 wildfires (averaging 8,000 per year) and the three large energy companies conducted 33 PSPS de-energizations.The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - -
Did you conduct an After Action Review after the last crisis or exercise? As the impacts from disasters and crises can stay with us long after the event is over. The recovery process may continue for some time, one of the best practices that are found to be extremely valuable after every disaster is the After Action Review. This process helps organizations to identify areas of improvement in plans while the event, actions, and timeline are all still relatively fresh. It’s great to have and implement plans in response to an event, however, a critical improvement opportunity is missed if organizations don’t make time to identify and implement improvements quickly so the plans work even better next time. The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - - at
Behind the scenes during disasters, scores of public information officers in state and local government agencies working 24-hour a day. They are frantically fielding facts and phone calls, rushing to get information to the news media and the public. While this work may not seem as critical to life safety, it is essential. Efficient, rapid, and accurate information flow during an emergency can save lives, especially during complex, evolving events like Hurricane Dorian. In a recent study, Alessandro Lovari assessed how PIOs used social media to communicate during emergencies. He found that social media has changed the landscape of public sector communication, and is now a key tool during disasters and emergencies. But it also raises new challenges, such as coping with huge volumes of information and determining whether reports are credible.The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - -
Preparing for and managing disaster has been considered the role of government. However years of catastrophic disasters, civil unrest and cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. It is clear that the private sector has a substantial role in emergency preparedness. The private sector at the same time are potential victims of disaster, and providers of resources that are urgently needed during disaster conditions, employers are as important to emergency management as government agencies.The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - -
Are you a thinker, a planner, a person that looks for knowledge? To understand what you do not understand you need to recognize what you don’t know, and you must seek to fill in the gaps. The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - -
Is your organization ready to be ready? Is your organization supporting preparedness ought not to be a question as we start 2021, however, I am sure you may have a limited budget? This week challenge your leadership to be better prepared in 2021.The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - -
This year has been challenging for leaders. Before COVID-19 many people, leading teams were not tested by a Crisis. Over the last 8 months, the following 4 critical behaviors have become evident in the successful leader. The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - -
When you think of Authentic Leadership Teddy Roosevelt is one man that comes to mind. Authentic is not asking people to do more with less. Saying you understand the pain. Or telling people that they have to roll up their sleeves and pull up their bootstraps. Authentic leaders ask one question, How can I help you be better. The Authentic Leader is a servant Leader. Servant Leader: Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - -
Resilience is especially important today because the business environment is becoming more dynamic and unpredictable. This is a result of several enduring forces stressing and stretching business systems — from accelerated technological evolution to a greater interconnectedness of the global economy to broader issues such as rising inequality, pandemic, and climate change.The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - -
The lessons that Business Continuity and Emergency Managers can take away from a crisis are invaluable. As we make decisions and have to pivot we learn along the way. In most cases, we learn from our mistakes then from our victories. Here are 15 lessons that we learn from managing crisis. The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - -
Even during this pandemic, people spend most of their time in two places. Home and at work. Are members of your team ready for a disaster at the workplace? As we explore how we can keep our employees safe at work from COVID, we need to think about other disasters as well. The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM Student Web - - - - - WeeklyWebsite - - - - -
Why should you care about Supply Chain Management? As an emergency manager or a business continuity manager, the supply chain is the lifeblood of your organization. Whether is it is to keep your business running or managing a disaster logistics is king. The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - -
If you’re like many organizations, you have an inadequate Business Continuity Program and your CEO may not even know or understand. This leaves your organization vulnerable to risks such as loss of revenue, penalties, and fines, not to mention the potential for negative impact to your institution's reputation. Despite these risks, you’re likely having a difficult time justifying an adequate investment in Business Continuity to your CEO or executive leadership. The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM WeeklyWebsite - - - - - Student Web - - - - -
BCPs are like an organization’s parachute. They work to carry an organization to safety and diminish further loss and damage in the event of a crisis. But if a BCP is insufficiently maintained, haphazardly developed, difficult to interpret, and not easily accessible to personnel, your organization may crash.The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM WeeklyWebsite - - - - - Student Web - - - - -
In the field of emergency management and business continuity, making decisions is a critical function. To be a better decision-maker, you need to balance between speed and accuracy, you must be comfortable with making a decision with less than 100% of the information you think you need. The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM WeeklyWebsite - - - - - Student Web - - - - -
Tom Nichols book “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters”, got me thinking about the struggles of Business Continuity and Emergency Management professionals. At times EM and BC are thought as nice to have positions and are reduced to collateral duties. This week we are going to discuss why it is important for organizations to not look at these rolls as The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - Sister ShowsEM WeeklyWebsite - - - - - EM Student Web - - - - -
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, is one of those books that everyone in emergency management, business continuity, and risk must read. Oh yea you better have thick skin because he tells it like he sees it and he has some strong words for our profession. The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM WeeklyWebsite - - - - - Student Web - - - - -
“Pivot,” is a word that has joined the lexicon of phrases linked to the COVID crisis. Businesses are being told to pivot their companies to meet the needs of the new economy. Of course that’s often easier said than done, How do you plan for the pivot?The Business Continuity ShowTwitter - - - - ShowsEM WeeklyWebsite - - - - - Student Web - - - - - by Sitch Radio
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