Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mass Notification Systems

Communication is key to every aspect of the business continuity process – before, during or after any disruption. If you haven't invested in a mass notification system, perhaps it's time you considered how these systems can help you improve your chances of surviving a disruption. The articles below provide information to help you improve your current emergency notification procedures.

Do you know all you need to about mass notification systems? (Item #1)  Through contemporary mass notification systems, quick communication to a broad contact base can be simplified and streamlined. (Item #2) The issue of voice intelligibility in mass notification systems has become more important as the technology has evolved. (Item #3)

Here are nine ways you can make the most of your mass notification system. (Item #4) Integrating social networks adds value to emergency mass notification systems without added costs. (Item #5) Read how to decipher new codes and track the latest trends for effective emergency communications. (Item #6)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Getting Management Buy-In

If you're having difficulty getting management to approve a business continuity program – or the costs of updating it or acquiring shelter-in-place supplies -- this week's articles may be helpful. Getting management buy-in is critical to getting the approvals you need... below are some ways you can set about doing just that.

What's the ROI for business continuity costs? That's what you have show to management. (Item #1) These nine steps can make it easier to get buy-in. (Item #2) Here are some tips IT can use to get approval for business continuity expenditures. (Item #3)

Here are some ways business continuity teams can get management buy-in. (Item #4) To win support for a business continuity plan, emphasize ways it can give your company a competitive edge. (Item #5) We need everyone's buy-in for business continuity; how do you get it? (Item #6)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Reputation Management

What does your reputation, your brand, mean to your success? Are you worried that something in your company's past could come back to damage its future? If so, you need to consider reputation management. This is a field that has become more important as the Internet becomes more and more a part of everyday life, and everyone needs to be aware of it.

Consider this article a primer to reputation management in the online era. (Item #1) If you don't control your brand online, someone else will. (Item #2) These free tools can help you begin to track your online reputation. (Item #3)

If you can prevent reputation damage, that's a good thing. (Item #4) You probably can't sue, so what can you do to deal with online nastiness? (Item #5) Reputation management is actually two jobs: trying to be more loved and trying to be less hated. (Item #6)

This week's articles focus on preventing and controlling reputation damage... take a look at

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Terrorism never ends...

The U.S. has spent more than $1 trillion dollars on the war on terrorism since 9/11. As the 10th anniversary of that terrible day approaches, we take another look at the impact of terrorism on our lives and business and recommend that you continue your business continuity efforts.

Key threats to business continuity include terrorism and political unrest, an Aon report finds. (Item #1)  Lyndon Bird, director of the Business Continuity Institute, looks at terrorism as a threat to business continuity and its potential to interrupt activity, and how to approach prevention. (Item #2) It’s not just the 10 largest cities that should be concerned about terrorism. (Item #3)

This paper examines the impact of terrorism on five business sectors: the equities market, aviation, tourism, insurance and corporate security. (Item #4) Read this compilation of observations on the impact of terrorism on business. (Item #5) What can business do to cope more successfully with terrorism? (Item #6)

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Earthquakes, hurricanes & floods... Oh, my!

The east coast has had its share of business interruptions during the past two weeks. Hurricanes and flooding? Pretty typical in this part of the woods. But earthquakes? Who knew? Most of us in the DC area were thinking terrorist attack, not earthquake. Yet Virginia earthquakes, while quite rare, are not unexpected, we're told. While out-of-pocket expenses for the Virginia shaker that was felt all along the East Coast were estimated to be less than $100 million, Irene's price tag was already expected to reach into the billions. Time to ramp up your business continuity plan to include earthquakes and major hurricanes/flooding? This week's articles can help.

Maybe it will be decades until the next earthquake, but who knows? Be prepared… Items 1, 2, 3, and 4 tell you how.

Irene's floods should have all of us running back to our BC plans to ensure we included flooding as a risk – and planned for it. Check out items 5 and 6 for some help in this regard.

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