Contingency Planning for Special Events
Indiana Wesleyan University
Feb. 26, 2014
Ohio BWC Safety Congress
March 26-27, 2014
Including BEP Institute's
Inside a Disaster)
Evaluating the Threat of
April 12, 2014
Geauga Safety Council
Middlefield Twp., OH
June 7, 2013
BEPPE Awards -- 2013 BEPPE Awards supported by Strategic Resources Group recently
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Legislation grounds air show
The threat of legislation is perhaps one of the biggest underappreciated potential business disruptions. It is usually after the fact that business and organizations realize the impact a new law or regulation will have on their operations.
The Cleveland National Air Show was in a better position than most when it came to their legislative challenge.
First, they understood that a certain level of military participation was critical to their operation.
Second, the environmental change caused by the new policy/regulation was widely known and became the new reality well in advance of the event.
Clearing Legislative Obsticles
A recent article from Meeting Focus offers these 10 tips for advocacy from Voices in Advocacy founder Roger Rickard that “anyone can easily employ to stand up and be heard”
The 10 tips for advocacy are:
- Tell the whole truth. Tell the whole truth. Tell the whole truth--always!
- Prepare. Do your homework. How does the issue affect their district and their constituents? Remember: "All politics is local."
- Clearly know what you want. Frame the issue the way you want them to see it.
- Strategize. Solidify your base, and spend most of your energy convincing the undecided.
- RELATIONSHIPS. RELATIONSHIPS. RELATIONSHIPS. It is the long term basis of influence. It is not who you know that’s important, it is who you need to know. Get to know key elected officials now, before you need them.
- Communicate: Use a combination of different communication tools, such as personal visits, letters, telephone calls, e-mails, letters to the editor, op-ed pieces, public presentations and newspaper or magazine articles. Remember to think local.
- BE ACCOUNTABLE! Do what you said you were going to do, when you said you were going to do it. FOLLOW-UP is the Key!
- Be their resource. Offer to provide them the tools necessary to assist and keep them informed.
- Understand how to compromise. Oftentimes, a little is better than none.
- LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN! Your ears are more important than your mouth. What does it take to get their support?
And offers the following bonus strategy: Build alliances! Build coalitions! Reach out to those who share your same concern.
The Cloud Has a Brick and Mortar Existence
I was having coffee with a business continuity/disaster recovery service provider who was new to the BEP Institute. In the course of our conversation we laughed at how in the not-so-distant-past companies had large computer rooms and employees accessed the computer through simple terminals that were hardwired to a mainframe central processing unit that had an operating system, the data and the programs to process the data.
The first step is to shake off the cloudy imagery and recognize reality for what it is – shared physical assets located remotely that is owned and maintained by third-party providers.
Therefore, the Cloud can be damaged and disrupted by man-made and/or natural disasters. Floods, seismic events, tornados, power failures, and such can disrupt our access to the Cloud.
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One Thing You Can Do This Month to Spread the Business Continuity Message
Learn a little bit about your elected representatives.
Election time will soon be upon us and before we are inundated with sound bites do a little research on your representatives to get a sense of where they stand on issues important to your business.