March 26, 2020
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Business Continuity is Just an Insurance Policy
By ACP National Board member Mary Herbst

For those of us who have been in Business Continuity for our entire careers, we have heard or said these things about our profession. We have been called into disaster situations and have sometimes emerged heroes with our efforts around planning and response. Those disasters, in comparison to what is happening today, were smaller in nature and we had the ability to draw on other resources to help, knowing that the populations affected, though devastated, would be able to rebuild.  

Here in Minnesota, we are faced with the same challenges as all of you. There are stories of people in this country and in the world that are choosing (maybe because of their fear and anxiety) to focus only on the bad things that are happening. I, however, have the honor to be working for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities where we are working day and night to determine how we can help our community and provide services as part of our overall business continuity plan. These are the things we are doing:
  • Early Learning Child Care – We have 15 Early Childhood Learning Centers delivering trusted and safe care to infants 6 weeks old through 5 years so parents who need to work are able to do so.
  • School Age Care – We are offering school age care in 38 Y locations across the state for essential workers who must work to maintain our community's infrastructure. The Y also continues to collaborate with districts to provide school age care at schools for children of health care employees, first responders and critical workers who keep our community safe and healthy.
  • Youth Intervention Services – Our Y supports youth and young adults facing homelessness, eviction, unemployment and more during this community crisis by connecting them to life-saving resources.
  • Senior Support – Our Y provides wellness checks to senior ForeverWell members and shares information on programs to stay healthy and happy as well as to resources to help with housing, finances and more.  We are engaging seniors to help be part of our community response.
  • Food – Our Y offers nutrition to youth, families and seniors by partnering with The Sheridan Story to provide free food for meals.
  • Neighborhood Centers – Our teams at the YMCA Neighborhood Centers support families who need critical services and food.  
  • New American Welcome Centers – Our Y supports newcomers, immigrants, and refugees in securing basic needs by helping them navigate and get connected to immediate resources.
  • YMCA 360 – Our Y offers you and the community a set of virtual exercise classes and wellbeing programs for all ages to do from home with the newly launched YMCA360.org.
The YMCAs across the country are all doing similar things in various ways to support the communities in which they reside. Through collaboration, planning, and Executive response, we look for the ways to bring light to communities that need us. Although we have been known as primarily a “swim and gym”, we strive to be more – much more to those we serve. 
 
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ACP COVID-19 Membership Forum Recording

Thanks to the many members who joined us for yesterday’s timely and informative membership forum. You are on the front lines of this pandemic and we are grateful for your participation. Now, more than ever, we in the ACP community need each other!

Click here to listen to the conversation.
 
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Keeping Mentally Healthy During A Virus Outbreak

EHS Today has published an article on the importance of keeping an eye on your mental health, understanding how you are feeling, and how you can mitigate your circumstances helps in dealing with this crisis. Read more.
 
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COVID-19 Resources

ACP continues to closely monitor COVID-19 developments. We are working with our event partners and board to determine a path moving forward for upcoming events. We will keep our members updated.
 
The following links provide up-to-date information on the evolving situation with COVID-19.  Check them frequently and make sure you review your pandemic plan and your family preparedness plan.
 
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Facilities Management Institute Webinar: Pandemic Planning

How are you navigating the COVID-19 pandemic at your facilities? With over 25 years global experience in Facilities Management, EP/DR/BC, Stephen Brown, ProFM, shares his tips for helping your FM teams secure and maintain business continuity during this time. Watch the 24 minute webinar....
 
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Update Your Business Continuity Plan with Sungard Availability Services

In response to the recent Coronavirus outbreak, Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) has published a blog and video on how your business can prepare and adapt their Business Continuity plan. Visit the Sungard AS website and find out how you can be prepared!
 
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ACP Webinar Volunteers Needed!
 In an effort to get our members the best webinars throughout the year, we want to tap into your knowledge, experience, and creative thinking.

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We've recently experienced a renewed interest in ACP's Industry Sponsorship Program from companies providing products and services to contingency professionals.  These individuals are responsible for a variety of mission critical functions including business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency management, and risk management.  This is an opportunity for industry organizations to tell your story and educate an expanding marketplace as to the value of your company deliverables.  As an Association Industry Sponsor you can be assured of significant exposure to our members in a variety of mediums including our weekly communication News & Views.

Further information on the program can be found under the "Sponsors" tab of the ACP website.  Why not take the opportunity to have a conversation with ACP staff regarding the program deliverables which best align with your strategic marketing plan.  They can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 1.800.445.4227 FREE.
 
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Our ACP-Get Connected! initiative continues to steadily bring more talented industry professionals into our Association. That's why it is important that every ACP member on reach out to one colleague, friend or acquaintance and bring them in as a new ACP member.

You can help build a stronger, better ACP. Direct prospective members to ACP Get Connected!
 
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