About CrisisAlert Virtual Emergency Operations Center

CrisisAlert is a virtual emergency operations center designed to support emergency response, business continuity and crisis communications activities. By gathering the decision makers together and supplying them with the most current information, better decisions can be made. Many organizations have a designated primary EOC established at the main business facility but do not think about the worst case scenario.. Facility unavailable. This is where CrisisAlert differentiates itself by having a internet based virtual EOC that supports the following incident management functions:

Activation -Bring knowledge and expertise together to deal with events that threaten the business virtually

Situation Analysis -Gathering information to determine what is happening and to identify potential impacts by using Crisis Alert real-time bulletin boards and team workspace

Incident Briefing – Efficiently share information among team members

Incident Action Plan – Provide a single point for decision-making and decide on a course of action for the current situation

Resource Management – Provide a single point of contact to identify, procure and allocate resources

Incident Management -Monitor actions, capture event data and adjust strategies as needed.

Reid Renicker, CEM, CBCP

WHY YOU NEED TO PLAN FOR POSSIBLE CRISES

It’s essential to plan thoroughly to protect yourself from the impact of potential crises – from fire, flood or theft to IT system failure, restricted access to premises or illness of key staff.

This planning is very important for small businesses since they often lack the resources to cope easily in a crisis.

Failure to plan could be disastrous. At best you risk losing customers while you’re getting your business back on its feet. At worst your business may never recover and may ultimately cease trading.

As part of the planning process you should:

  • identify potential crises that might affect you
  • determine how you intend to minimise the risks of these disasters occurring
  • set out how you’ll react if a disaster occurs in a business continuity plan
  • test the plan regularly

For example, if you’re reliant on computer information, you should put a back-up system in place so you have a copy of key data in the event of a system failure.

Benefits of a business continuity plan

A carefully thought-out business continuity plan will make coping in a crisis easier and enable you to minimise disruption to the business and its customers.

It will also prove to customers, insurers and investors that your business is robust enough to cope with anything that might be thrown at you – possibly giving you the edge over your competitors.

CRISIS THAT COULD AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS

Depending on your business’ specific circumstances, there are many possible events that might constitute a crisis:

  • Natural disasters – for example, flooding caused by burst water pipes or heavy rain, or wind damage following storms.
  • Theft or vandalism – theft of computer equipment, for instance, could prove devastating. Similarly, vandalism of machinery or vehicles could not only be costly but also pose health and safety risks.
  • Fire – few other situations have such potential to physically destroy a business.
  • Power – loss of power could have serious consequences. What would you do if you couldn’t use IT or telecoms systems or operate other key machinery or equipment?
  • IT system failure – computer viruses, attacks by hackers or system failures could affect employees’ ability to work effectively.
  • Restricted access to premises – how would your business function if you couldn’t access your workplace – for example, due to a gas leak?
  • Loss or illness of key staff – if any of your staff is central to the running of your business, consider how you would cope if they were to leave or be incapacitated by illness.
  • Outbreak of disease or infection – depending on your type of business an outbreak of an infectious disease among your staff, in your premises or among livestock could present serious health and safety risks.
  • Terrorist attack – consider the risks to your employees and your business operations if there is a terrorist strike, either where your business is based or in locations to which you and your employees travel. Also consider whether an attack may have a longer-term effect on your particular market or sector.
  • Crisis affecting suppliers – how would you source alternative supplies?
  • Crisis affecting customers – will insurance or customer guarantees offset a client’s inability to take your goods or services?
  • Crisis affecting your business’ reputation – how would you cope, for example, in the event of a product recall?

Though some of these scenarios may seem unlikely, it’s prudent to give them consideration.

Business Continuity, Ecommerce, and thoughts

Radhika Murali

Welcome in Class!

In today’s post, I’d like to give a little background into the importance of Ecommerce and connectivity in business continuity, and how in the grand scheme of things, it can keep a business from going under.  The quick definition of business continuity, is the ability to mitigate or prevent disruption to the availability of services in an organization, public or private.  In today’s business environment, the necessity of being up 24/7/365 is imperative.  Connectivity is all too evident, not just for business function, as this class teaches, but something else; data backup.  For this to be done effectively it must be done sychronously to when the data is being written; or close to it.  No tapes, if possible, although many are still using them (argh!).  Connectivity is just the first step to getting the business back up after the disaster, just to recover the data, the brain…

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What Will Be Best Form of Communication If the Grid Goes Down?

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By Joshua Krause –Ready Nutrition

What is the lowest common denominator of our civilization, or any civilization for that matter? By that I mean, what is the one thing no society can go without? Is it water and sanitation? Fuel and transportation? Food and electricity?

I would argue that absolutely nothing we have is possible without our ability to communicate. A society’s sophistication is directly proportional to the ability of its citizens to communicate with each other. Members of a primitive, nomadic society may only be able to speak to each other in person, whereas an advanced industrial society has telephones, radios, and the internet. And don’t think for a moment that high tech societies create these devices. On the contrary, these devices create high tech societies.

So we should ask ourselves what the most useful forms of communication would be, should the grid ever go down permanently; not…

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Being Prepared When You Are Away from Home

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You have to be prepared to walk back home.

By Pat Henry – The Prepper Journal

Most of us who are into prepping are gathering some form of supplies. I always recommend gaining skills important to survival as well, but a good stored cache of food, water, means for shelter and security are at the top of my list. We consume things as humans and the natural tendency to prepare for emergencies, where the normal things we consume are unavailable, is to store extra. How much you are able to put away or feel is prudent to stock up on is up to the individual prepper.

The common denominator is that we need to store these prepping supplies somewhere. Sure you could roll through life with nothing more than your Altoid survival tin and your confident smile, but this article isn’t for you. This article is for the preppers who have stored supplies, usually in our homes, sometimes…

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Embedding Emergency Management to Business Continuity Programs

Business ContinuManagement is a continuous management process which should be directed at the organization’s critical business processes with an aim to ensure the continuity of the business. With the characteristics of prevention, BCM limits the damages resulted from disruptive business events. BCM is a continuous management process which should be directed at the organization’s critical business processes with an aim to ensure the continuity of the business. With the characteristics of prevention, BCM limits the damages resulted from disruptive business events. The BCM definitions from the period 1995 to 2005 share the same management process which is “holistic”. And the aim is the same as well which is to prevent business disruptions and protect the organizations. However, the definitions are more detailed and include stakeholders, reputation, brand and value creating activities after 1995. From 2005, the definitions include the term “protective”.). The BCM definitions from the period 1995 to 2005 share the same management process which is “holistic”. And the aim is the same as well which is to prevent business disruptions and protect the organizations. However, the definitions are more detailed and include stakeholders, reputation, brand and value creating activities after 1995. From 2005, the definitions include the term “protective”.

Reid Renicker, CEM, CBCP, MBCI