December 17, 2020
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Renew your membership today to continue your ACP benefits through 2021. 
 
By renewing your national and chapter ACP membership you’ll retain access to key ACP member benefits. Below are some of our member benefits:
  • LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Members drive thought leadership by publishing articles, presenting locally to chapters, nationally via webinars, and at industry events.  ACP supports professional exposure to create opportunity for career growth. Members looking to develop or enhance their leadership skills may volunteer for a leadership position with their local ACP chapter board or committee, or on the ACP national board.  
  • SOCIAL MEDIA:ACP hosts groups and discussions on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook platforms.
Members who renew membership for 2021 by December 31, 2020 will be entered into the final drawing to win a $100 gift card. Log in and renew your membership today!   

Congratulations to the November drawing winner, Corina Gulan, of the Orange County ACP Chapter!

Experiencing difficulty submitting your renewal? ACP staff is happy to assist with renewals and answer any questions. Please contact us by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone (800) 445-4227. 
 
 
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Safety and Security for the Work-From-Home Workforce

Thursday, December 17, 2020
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central | 11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

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Presented by:
Steve Crimando, MA, CHPP, CTM
Managing Director, Behavioral Science Applications LLC
As the nature of workplace has changed, the nature of workplace violence is also changing. Just because an employee has changed their work location does not mean there is no longer a risk of workplace violence or other safety concerns. Safety and security cannot begin and end at the walls of the employer’s facilities or the perimeter of their parking lots. The employee working from home may still incur a risk of violence but not enjoy the physical security apparatus or violence prevention programs and practices in place in the traditional workplace, thereby creating a perfect storm of risk. Both employers and employees who are concerned with the possibility of violence encountered on the job would greatly benefit by a discussion of the contemporary workplace violence landscape.
 
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Return to Work: The Most Important Issue You’ve Completely Overlooked

Thursday, January 14, 2021
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central | 11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific


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Presented by:
Bo Mitchell
CEM, CPP, CHS-V, CBCP, CSI-ML, HSEEP, CNTA, IAC, MOAB, CHSP, CHEP, CSHM, CESCO, CHCM, CFC, CSSM, CSC, CAS, TFCT3, CERT, CHSEMR, CMC
Lack of trust in you is not about plexiglass, hand cream and desk wipes. Those things are universally expected.

What about your workplace’s safety for emergencies other than COVID like civil unrest, workplace violence, a fire, bomb threat—there’s a long list. Your employees are stressed; are coworkers safe to be around? Drugs, alcohol, suicides, street crime, gun violence, gun sales, guns confiscated, OSHA complaints, OSHA citations—all of these uses and abuses are way up since the virus has struck.

Do your employees trust that you have planned for all this? Trained everyone?

 
Visit ACP's website for more details and to register for all upcoming webinars!
 
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
12:30 PM Eastern | 11:30 AM Central | 10:30 AM Mountain | 9:30 AM Pacific

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Join the South Texas chapter for a discussion on disaster myths!

Disaster mythology continues to hinder preparedness and community resilience in some very real and harmful ways. From the century old fairy-tale of 'mass panic', to the still popular myth of 'victim helplessness', disaster dollars and preparedness efforts are still being spent to combat problems that simply don't exist. Are your plans based on fact? Or have you been contributing to the 'disaster fiction' section? Come and find out!

About the Presenter
Grayson Cockett, host of the Emergency Preparedness in Canada (EPIC) Podcast

A strong belief in duty and public service has guided Grayson Cockett through a career as a Paramedic, Soldier, Ski Patroller, Disaster Manager, and member of Canada Task Force 2.

Grayson holds a Masters Degree in Disaster Management, and currently works in Healthcare Disaster Management. A passionate advocate for the profession, Grayson actively shares his interest in disasters and their management through education, training, public speaking engagements, and his award-winning educational podcast Emergency Preparedness in Canada (EPIC) Podcast.
 
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Creating a Business Continuity strategy can prove to be an arduous and daunting task. Where do you begin? Who do you need to include in the BCP process? And how do you make sure the plan gets updated when needed by someone responsible for that part?

These and many other common obstacles to Business Continuity programs can be addressed by a comprehensive platform that streamlines all processes and also addresses the most common challenges.


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Recent data from Risk Based Security revealed that the number of records exposed has increased to a staggering 36 billion in 2020. There were 2,935 publicly reported breaches in the first three quarters of 2020, with the three months of Q3 adding an additional 8.3 billion records to what was already the “worst year on record.”

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Enterprises are grappling with increased complexity as cloud adoption increases, the perimeter expands, and digital transformation projects take hold. The accelerated shift to remote working has only added to the complexity. As more businesses leverage hybrid IT environments in their digital transformation journey, many confront challenges managing identities and access across multiple applications, clouds, networks and servers.

Read more.
 
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We know you've had a busy year and you can't always join ACP's live webinars. Did you know that you can watch past webinars when it's convenient for your schedule?

Just login to ACP's website and then check out the Webinar Archive! It's one of the many benefits exclusive to members like you. Below are just some of the 2020 webinars:
  • New! Building an Effective Multi-generational Workplace
  • Preparing For and Responding To Severe Weather
  • Being A Leader In The Organization's Resilience In Light Of Covid 19
  • ISO 22301:2019 - What is it, why is it important and what do I need to do to implement it!
  • Planning for Pandemic Pandemonium: Business Continuity in the Post-COVID era
  • Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Adaptation and Planning for Business Continuity Professionals
  • The Need to focus on Emotional Intelligence within Emergency Management Leadership, During COVID-19 and Beyond!
  • Returning to the Workplace in Uncertain Times
  • Re-boarding Your People to Your Real Workplace
  • Preparing For A New Era Of Civil Unrest Safety, Security & Business Continuity
While you're there, you can also check out the COVID Town Hall Forum series that was recorded this past May, June, and July or the new discussions facilitated by Liberty Valley Chapter member Michael Harding!
Visit ACP's Webinar Archive!
 
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ACP National is pleased to offer to post ACP Chapter webinar recordings on the ACP National website!

To add your chapter webinar recordings to ACP's National website, please
complete this form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Like all ACP National webinar recordings, these ACP Chapter recordings will be available to current ACP members.
 
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Our goal is to drive valuable expertise to our members. And we need you to help!

If you are an expert interested in supporting the profession through educating your peers, we’d love to consider featuring you as an ACP featured presenter.

To be considered, complete this form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our Education Committee will review submittals and connect with you on next steps.
We are currently looking for 2021 webinars.

If you are interested in driving quality content to members behind the scenes, we invite you to consider volunteering with the Education Committee. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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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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Know someone who would be interested in this timely resource specifically for continuity professionals?  Pass along this e-news and encourage them to join ACP.

The ACP Get Connected! initiative asks every ACP member to personally reach out to one colleague, friend or acquaintance for membership this year in order to build a stronger, better ACP.
 
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