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Informational Update For January 24, 2012

Are You Prepared For Winter Weather?

Icy roads. Downed power lines. Last year's record-breaking winter storms brought extreme snowfall, ice storms, and wind gusts over 60 mph, causing power outages, bridge and road closures, and severe interruptions across a wide range of states. Many organizations were caught unprepared, or lacked a communications solution with a robust elastic infrastructure that could support multiple large regional weather events at the same time, and were left unable to effectively respond to events on the ground.

Is your organization ready for Winter 2012?
Here are a few examples of how organizations have successfully managed winter weather events using Everbridge's emergency and incident communication solutions:

  • A Fortune 500 company re-routed employees on the way to a company sales conference

  • A regional health system issued a code yellow for storm related incidents

  • A police department delivered storm staffing schedules to officers

  • A major city informed residents of a parking ban due to heavy snow

Download the 2012 Everbridge Winter Weather Response Kit
The Winter Weather Response Kit includes sample winter weather message maps, a white paper detailing how to define communication needs during the six stages of a crisis and create messages that work, and a case study about how Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance navigated a major ice storm with the help of Everbridge Aware.

Don't wait for the first storm to hit! Get ready now with this free 2012 Winter Weather Response Kit.

 

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Upcoming Webinars

Reducing Corporate Risk in Remote/Branch Offices

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST (REGISTER NOW!)

The risk of losing critical data is daunting-and dangerous-for banks, credit unions, insurance companies, health care providers, retailers, and other businesses with remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations.

Yet decentralization can wreak havoc on a data protection plan.

Remote locations are one of your competitive differentiators, but they are also uniquely vulnerable when faced by system failure or employee malfeasance.

Critical Roundtable Webinar: Experts Discuss Issues Impacting Health Plan and Hospital Business Continuity Professionals

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST (REGISTER NOW!)

Health plan and hospital business continuity professionals face a myriad of unique challenges in their profession. Join us for a look into the most pressing issues facing healthcare BCP pros today.

An expert panel will discuss the most pressing issues in this industry and answer your questions. Topics will include the challenges of balancing numerous healthcare compliance bodies, aligning your BCP strategy to anticipate and tackle the sweeping changes of health care reform, balancing the life-saving mission of healthcare professionals with the requirement to continue business operations, and more.

Informational Update For January 19, 2012

Reducing Corporate Risk in Remote/Branch Offices

The risk of losing critical data is daunting-and dangerous-for banks, credit unions, insurance companies, health care providers, retailers, and other businesses with remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations.

Yet decentralization can wreak havoc on a data protection plan.

Remote locations are one of your competitive differentiators, but they are also uniquely vulnerable when faced by system failure or employee malfeasance.

In this live webcast, Matthew Seeley, EVault Systems Engineer, will lead a discussion focusing on:

-specific data protection challenges for ROBOs
-key elements of a data protection and recovery plan
-how to choose a backup and recovery strategy for servers and laptops

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Big Data Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

Written by Chad Thibodeau

It should come as no surprise, the explosion of digital information is real and continuing to grow at a much faster pace than our ability to capture, preserve and use it effectively. Analyst firm IDC predicts that by 2015, the world will generate and store 8,000 exabytes of digital information (see Figure 1). Growing at a rate of 10 times every five years, this figure will reach 80,000 exabytes by the end of the decade...

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DRJ Winter 2012 - Volume 25, Issue 1



Do You Have A Question or Concern for a CEO, CFO or Other Executive?


DRJ is actively seeking input of questions to be used in our General Session 3, Monday, March 26 at Spring World 2012. This session will feature experts from our Senior Advanced Track in a panel discussion. Attendees of the Senior Advanced Track and those in other tracks will be attending this session together.

Now is the chance to get your voice heard and present the issues that matter the most to you or your organization.

We are seeking questions that encompass more than just basic business continuity information. We want the challenging inquiries - the ones that will make a C-level executive consider new methodologies and forge new ways into how we think about business continuity planning.

Examples of the types of questions we are seeking include:

  • How do I get management to support or champion the business continuity program?

  • Continual improvements are necessary for the BC program. How can we continue to get resources needed for the BC program?

  • How can our risk management program become an integral part of the BC lifecyle?

Questions should be submitted to patti@drj.com. Acceptable questions will be forward to the general session panel. Thank you for your assistance in helping us further the business continuity education process.

Informational Update For January 12, 2012

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Whether it's unpredictable weather, natural disasters or man-made accidents, there always seems to be a potential disaster just waiting to strike. You can't afford to be caught off guard and without a plan. Download this short, easy-to-digest Disaster Recovery eBook today. It's packed with unique planning approaches to make your data center less vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters. Warning, side effects may include reduced stress levels.

Don't wait. Download the eBook today!




DRJ Winter 2012 - Volume 25, Issue 1



Do You Have A Question or Concern for a CEO, CFO or Other Executive?


DRJ is actively seeking input of questions to be used in our General Session 3, Monday, March 26 at Spring World 2012. This session will feature experts from our Senior Advanced Track in a panel discussion. Attendees of the Senior Advanced Track and those in other tracks will be attending this session together.

Now is the chance to get your voice heard and present the issues that matter the most to you or your organization.

We are seeking questions that encompass more than just basic business continuity information. We want the challenging inquiries – the ones that will make a C-level executive consider new methodologies and forge new ways into how we think about business continuity planning.

Examples of the types of questions we are seeking include:

  • How do I get management to support or champion the business continuity program?

  • Continual improvements are necessary for the BC program. How can we continue to get resources needed for the BC program?

  • How can our risk management program become an integral part of the BC lifecyle?

Questions should be submitted to patti@drj.com. Acceptable questions will be forwarded to the general session panel. Thank you for your assistance in helping us further the business continuity education process.

Informational Update For January 17, 2012

MIT announces date for its 2012 Crisis Management / Business Continuity Program!

MIT announces date for its 2012 "Crisis Management / Business Continuity" Program!

MIT is pleased to announce its Professional Education Short Program: "Crisis Management and Business Continuity" for 2012. Join us at the MIT campus in Cambridge MA on July 23 - 27, 2012.

Our comprehensive program provides up-to-date assessments and knowledge on issues that affect companies and government agencies - terrorism, pandemic, cyber security, communications, news media - from the authorities involved with these efforts. Program lecturers are knowledgeable and experienced industry, academic, and government agency experts. Participants also have many networking opportunities to interact with the lecturers and with their peers.

This program is for the Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Emergency Management, and Crisis Management practitioner or responder as well for the executive who oversees these disciplines. Both novices and experienced personnel will benefit greatly from this program.

The program offers an effective combination of lecture, case studies, field trip, and class participation activities. Many case studies of actual crisis situations are used to emphasize and enhance the concepts. Several interactive class activities provide additional hands-on experience. Students will also practice what is learned: the course concludes with a crisis exercise in which students take active roles in a simulated disaster, including a realistic news media briefing.

Register by June 15 and save 10% on program tuition. Please reference priority code DRJ10.

This is the third year of our extremely successful program. For more information, click the banner or click here.




DRJ Winter 2012 - Volume 25, Issue 1



Do You Have A Question or Concern for a CEO, CFO or Other Executive?


DRJ is actively seeking input of questions to be used in our General Session 3, Monday, March 26 at Spring World 2012. This session will feature experts from our Senior Advanced Track in a panel discussion. Attendees of the Senior Advanced Track and those in other tracks will be attending this session together.

Now is the chance to get your voice heard and present the issues that matter the most to you or your organization.

We are seeking questions that encompass more than just basic business continuity information. We want the challenging inquiries - the ones that will make a C-level executive consider new methodologies and forge new ways into how we think about business continuity planning.

Examples of the types of questions we are seeking include:

  • How do I get management to support or champion the business continuity program?

  • Continual improvements are necessary for the BC program. How can we continue to get resources needed for the BC program?

  • How can our risk management program become an integral part of the BC lifecyle?

Questions should be submitted to patti@drj.com. Acceptable questions will be forward to the general session panel. Thank you for your assistance in helping us further the business continuity education process.


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DRJ Blogs

Thinking About Crisis Communications

Posted by Vicki Thomas

Crisis Communications. Hmm, a pretty heavy term. This phrase makes me think of managing messaging, open communication lines, and being ready for the unexpected. What is interesting is that there are two types of crisis communications...


Spring World 2012

How To Justify Attending A Conference

While attending an industry conference is an excellent training tool and a great return on investment, getting approval to participate can sometimes be difficult. You may need to validate to management your reasons for wanting to attend.


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Informational Update For January 10, 2012

Warnings: What Works, What Doesn't and Why


Why are some warning messages followed, while others are ignored or misunderstood? Why do some messages make it through to your audience, whereas some do not? To create messages that are successful, it is important to understand both the characteristics of your audience - preferred modality, location, etc., as well as the characteristics of each of your messages. It is also necessary to ensure you have the right infrastructure to support your message delivery, during any type of incident.

How well do you know your audience? What is their level of knowledge and attitude traits? What can you do to improve your messages?

Join crisis communications expert Dr. Robert Chandler, author of the book Emergency Notification, as he delves into message creation strategies. Learn Best Practices for message construction, communication planning tips and goals, and message delivery strategies.

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DRJ Winter 2012 - Volume 25, Issue 1



Upcoming Webinars

Enterprise Virtualization and Disaster Recover Without Breaking Budget

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST (REGISTER NOW!)

Disaster Recovery is a business' insurance policy, and much like any insurance policy, you rarely ever want to use it. The problem arises that, for a solution you'll rarely, if ever, use, the costs can be prohibitive. Given the non-tangible nature of a digital infrastructure, losing your business' backbone is as easy as losing a hard drive. Imagine placing your business' success on the bounce of a ball; eventually it'll stop bouncing-gravity.

But disasters are more than just hardware failure. You have hard weather, human error, hurricanes, and earthquakes; quite frankly, planning foreverything can become extremely expensive. It's no wonder many companies forego a DR option in favor of the monthly savings.

This doesn't need to be the case. The aim of this webinar is to illuminate the many options for creating a cost effective Disaster Recovery solution. The focus is on creating a DR solution tailored to your needs, offering Enterprise level protection, for a fraction of the recurring cos