September is National Preparedness Month, and the US Small Business Administration in conjunction with Agility Recovery is offering four free business continuity webinars. The webinars will be every Wednesday in September at 2 pm.
September 5 10 Steps to Prepare Any Organization for Disaster
Straight-forward and simple to implement steps to prepare any organization for interruptions.
September 12 Protecting Your Organization by Preparing Your Employees
Strategies and best practices for helping your employees prepare themselves and their families for a crisis.
September 19 Utilization of Social Media During a Crisis
Steps and best practices for developing your organization’s strategy for Crisis Communications utilizing Social Media.
September 26 Surviving a Crisis, Large or Small: Real Life Lessons Learned
Several businesses will recount their stories of recovery and the valuable lessons learned from their experiences.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate explains the recent changes to the FEMA.gov website in the following video. The site has been completely redesigned, making it easier to find information about disaster preparedness.
Each June is National Safety Month, hosted by the National Safety Council. National Safety Month is about educating and encouraging safe behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. It also promotes preparedness and safety surrounding natural disasters. Here's a video from Kent McElhattan, Chairman of National Safety Month, giving an overview of NSC.org's efforts.
Here's a video from FEMA on National Safety Month:
Currently under development, Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8) calls for the development of a national preparedness goal to prepare the nation for threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic national disasters. Following an extensive public review process with comments and ideas collected via web-forms, webinars and in-person workshops, the revised frameworks have been released by FEMA. After further input from federal departments and agencies, FEMA will package the documents and submit them to the White House by June 30, 2012.
PHE.gov, Public Health and Medical Emergency Support, is a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services that provides cross-governmental information about public health risk, situational awareness, public health preparedness, response and recovery. From PHE.gov and Harry Mayer, PPD-8 Coordinator, here's a video in which he explains Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8), which calls for the development of a national preparedness goal to prepare the nation for threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic national disasters.
Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8), created on March 30, 2011, calls for the development of a national preparedness goal to prepare the nation for threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic national disasters. As a part of that process, FEMA recently published the 2012 National Preparedness Report (NPR), written with input from leaders of federal, state, local, private and nonprofit sectors, identifies the progress the nation has made in the areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. The report found that, on the whole, the US has increased its collective preparedness from external threats, as well as natural and technological hazards.
“This report illustrates areas of national strength to include planning, operational coordination, intelligence and information sharing, and other response related capabilities. As we continually assess and aim to meet the full vision of the National Preparedness Goal, we must continue to build on the significant progress to date and address identified opportunities for improvement.” - FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate
The 2012 NPR identified the following areas of national strength:
On the first anniversary of one of the worst tornado outbreaks in American history, NOAA and FEMA have partnered to create National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Here's a video from FEMA introducing the campaign's slogan, "Be A Force Of Nature".
Over the last few years, homeland security experts have identified the potential for biological attacks. From FEMA, here's a video about how the Center for Domestic Preparedness has incorporated biological materials into select training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response.