INDUSTRY NEWS

National Preparedness Month Business Continuity Webinars

Posted on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


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.


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Tags: Business Continuity, Emergency Preparedness, FEMA, Social Media, Disaster Recovery, National Preparedness

VIDEO: New FEMA.gov

Posted on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


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.



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VIDEO: National Safety Month

Posted on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


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:


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Updated PPD-8 Documents

Posted on Fri, Jun 08, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


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.

The new drafts can be viewed here:

National Prevention Framework
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  • The capabilities necessary to avoid, prevent, or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism. As defined by PPD-8, the term “prevention” refers to preventing imminent threats.

National Protection Framework
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  • The capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and man-made or natural disasters.

National Mitigation Framework
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  • The capabilities necessary to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.

National Response Framework
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  • The capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred.

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VIDEO: Hurricane Preparedness

Posted on Fri, Jun 01, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


In this Conversations with FEMA video, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate discusses being prepared for hurricane season.



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VIDEO: Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 8 - National Preparedness

Posted on Thu, May 24, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


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.



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Tags: DHS, Business Continuity, Emergency Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Disaster Recovery, Disaster Response, National Preparedness, PPD-8

National Preparedness Report

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


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:
  • Planning
  • Operational Coordination
  • Intelligence and Information Sharing
  • Environmental Response/Health and Safety
  • Mass Search and Rescue Operations
  • Operational Communications
  • Public Health and Medical Services

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Tags: Business Continuity, Emergency Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Disaster Recovery, Disaster Response, National Preparedness, PPD-8

VIDEO: 2012 National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Posted on Tue, May 08, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


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".



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Tags: NOAA, Emergency Preparedness, Extreme Weather, FEMA, National Preparedness, Video

VIDEO: Biological Agent Preparedness Training

Posted on Mon, Apr 09, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


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.



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Tags: Emergency Response, Emergency Preparedness, Terrorism Threat Management, FEMA, Video

VIDEO: Preparing for the 2012 Hurricane Season

Posted on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 @ 10:00 AM


FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate delivers a message about the importance of education and preparedness going into the 2012 hurricane season.



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Tags: Emergency Preparedness, Extreme Weather, FEMA, Hurricane Preparedness, Video