Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Safety at Home

We all know that things go better at work when we’re not worried about our families and things at home. This is why we do our annual safety-at-home issue of the newsletter, and we hope it will help give you and yours peace of mind during the holidays and beyond. Share this information with your employees and co-workers.

With these nine tips, you can ensure the safety of what matters most to you. (Item #1)   Here are some preparedness tips from the Red Cross to help prevent holiday fires. (Item #2)   If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall. (Item #3)

Injuries at home are common, especially among children. (Item #4)   Making preparations before attending mass events as well as taking notice of safety features once you arrive can make a difference. (Item #5)   An expert explains the spectrum of cold illness which begins with frostbite and moves to hypothermia.  (Item #6)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Testing and Training

When’s the last time you tested your business continuity plan? If you answered “never,” you’re not alone. And, if you tested your plan and you had problems, you’re among the majority. In spite of this, many companies do not test or exercise their plans regularly. People move on, processes change, vendors come and go... all of these changes should prompt updating and testing. Perhaps an exercise would be a good way to start off 2016. Our articles below could be of help.

There are many different types of plan 'test' or 'exercise', so it is important to choose the type of approach that works best for your organization. (Item #1)   Successful tests do not prove that a disaster recovery plan will succeed, but failed tests do prove that plan will fail, and that is what makes testing so important. (Item #2)   Here are suggestions for three things you can consistently do to ensure your Business Continuity Plan is tested and your organization is better prepared should disaster strike. (Item #3)

If your BC plan has been sitting on the shelf since it was completed, you’re likely to have trouble implementing it when it’s needed. (Item #4)   The truth is that you can’t really know if your plan works without running through a disaster simulation. (Item #5)   You should test your business continuity plan checklist at least twice a year and quarterly if possible. It might seem like a distraction and a disruption, but just remember that the future of your business is literally at stake. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Winter Weather Preparedness

We’ve already seen winter weather hit some parts of the country, and things are bound to get snowier and icier before we see the end of it. Have you prepared a plan for the continuity of your business operations during winter storms... and also in the aftermath? If not, don’t wait until the blizzard hits to think about this important topic. Use this issue to focus your efforts on making it through with the least impact.

This article looks at some things to consider when your office building is forced to close down due to the weather conditions. (Item #1)   Advance preparation can help to mitigate winter weather impacts on your operations and business continuity. (Item #2)   Ultimately, building a culture of preparedness within the public arena and getting them to accept that prediction is not possible to the extent of 100 percent accuracy can be the intangible asset that reduces public angst regarding things that did not happen as predicted. (Item #3)

The key to reducing the risks of a large-scale work disruption caused by a winter storm is business continuity planning in order to minimize downtime caused by extreme weather. (Item #4)   Should you make your employees come to work in bad weather? (Item #5)   Measuring the economic effects of snow is more an art than science. (Item #6) 

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