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April 22, 2021
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We continue the tradition of recognizing chapter members' service to their chapters and fellow members. Meet the individuals voted by their chapters as MVPs. Each newsletter, we'll be featuring two new MVPs.
 
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Middle Pennsylvania Chapter: Ken Skill
Ken has been a valuable member of our Executive Board including taking a leadership role in developing and delivering our Chapter meetings, especially since the pandemic.
 
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Mid-South Chapter: Royal Bennett
Royal Bennett is the Information Director for the Mid-South Chapter of ACP. Although, Royal has moved to different state, his membership remains with the Mid-South Chapter and he holds a board position, which shows dedication!  Royal does an outstanding job keeping our website updated, posting upcoming events, sending meeting registrations to our membership and supporting our organization. We are thankful for Royal and his contributions to MSACP.
 
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Let's Discuss: Business Continuity and
Power / Internet Issues While Staff Are Working Remotely

TODAY Thursday, April 22, 2021
4:00 PM Eastern | 3:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Pacific

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Presented by:
Michael Harding, AFBCI, CBCP
Program Lead, Holman Enterprises

Michael Harding is currently the Business Continuity Management (BCM) Program Lead at Holman Enterprises and has worked in the financial and insurance industries. Michael is a trusted advisor and practitioner providing global business continuity and disaster recovery planning, incident response, and crisis management. A published author in a scholarly journal and guest speaker at various conferences in educating others in the craft of business resiliency.
Events have not stopped due to COVID. Natural disasters abound: winter storms with snow and ice; hurricane season is quickly approaching in the northern hemisphere; wildfires continue to rage.

Are you concerned about all the work-from-home staff as it relates to continued operations? What happens if a wide geographic area experiences a power and/or internet outage? Do your Business Continuity plans include strategies for continued operations? Can you shift work to another region? Is there a plan to bring staff back to a facility?

Join ACP for another invigorating discussion on these questions and more!
 
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Return to Work: Trust in You as the Boss

Thursday, May 6
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central | 11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

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Presented by:
Bo Mitchell
President, 911 Consulting

CEM, CPP, CHS-V, CBCP, CSI-ML, HSEEP, CNTA, IAC, MOAB, CHSP, CHEP, CSHM, CESCO, CHCM, CFC, CSSM, CSC, CAS, TFCT3, CERT, CHSEMR, CMC

Bo Mitchell was Police Commissioner of Wilton, CT for 16 years. He retired to found 911 Consulting which creates emergency, disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis communications and pandemic plans, plus training and exercises. Bo has earned 22 certifications in homeland security, emergency management, disaster recovery, business continuity, safety and security. He also serves as an expert in landmark court cases nationally.
If you think that plexiglass, hand cream and desk wipes are the most important issues in your Return to Work, then you will fail with your employees.

The most important issue: Trust in You as the Boss.

The current research:
  • Nationwide, only 15-33% of offices are occupied today.
  • 84% of bosses think they have done “great” job in managing the virus…
  • But, 86% of employees don’t trust their CEO and senior managers to safely return employees to work.
  • 29% of workers would look for a new job rather than return to a site that has not implemented necessary safety measures
Do your employees today trust you or your property manager that your workplace is safe for employees’ RTW?
NO! Your employees don’t trust you.

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 of Life Safety threats. 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?

Learning Objectives
  1. What is your legal exposure re RTW?
  2. What is the data for the new RTW threat: Employee stress, drug/alcohol use, suicide, workplace violence, etc.?
  3. What are the laws, regulations and standards that focus on RTW for employers?
  4. What leadership by you is necessary for a successful employee RTW strategy.
 
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Business Continuity's Role in Operational Resilience

Thursday, May 13

1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central | 11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

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Presented by:
Kim Hirsch
Manager - Advisory Services at Fusion Risk Management

MBCP, MBCI, BCI USA Chapter Board Member Chair, InfraGard National, Business Continuity Cross-Sector Council

Kimberly D. Hirsch manages The Advisory Team at Fusion Risk Management. Kim oversees the group that provides subject matter expertise in order to help customers plan, implement and exercise enterprise business continuity, disaster recovery, crisis management and operational risk programs and associated components. 
What sets resilient organizations apart from vulnerable organizations is that they understand how their business works, how it breaks, and how to put it back together again. As operational resilience becomes a more popular topic, business continuity practitioners are asking what they can do to bring this culture into their organization.

In this webinar, Fusion Risk Management will discuss:
  • What operational resilience is
  • How business continuity management will see a shift in the upcoming years
  • Her experience with helping organizations embrace resilience
  • Tips on how to incorporate resilience in your organization
Learn More and Register for These Events!
 
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Tuesday, April 27
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central | 11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

Join ACP Old Dominion Chapter for a demonstration of the LiveSafe/WorkSafe product and platform. Jim Lee with Vector Solutions will discuss:
  • LiveSafe platform's tip reporting capabilities
  • LiveSafe platform's broadcasting capabilities
  • WorkSafe- COVID-19 Health Attestation Survey
  • LiveSafe Connect- a collaboration platform to share insights, increase situational awareness, and mitigate risks among other Contingency Planners.
  • LiveSafe Insights-  a new product that enables organizations to collect and analyze real-time, organization-specific risk information resulting in more accurate, data-driven decision-making. 
Email Jim Lee to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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Wednesday, April 28
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern | 10:45 AM - 12:00 pm Central

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM Mountain | 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific

Education in contingency planning, business continuity, and disaster recovery is only part of the equation. Business insurance is an essential element of an overall business plan. Without insurance, a business will never be able to “get back to business.”  In fact, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 40% of small businesses never reopen after a disaster and another 25% that do reopen fail within a year. In this presentation, Understanding Business Insurance, contingency planners will learn about the importance of a business inventory, how a business can determine its risks, what is covered under a business policy, and special coverages they should consider.

Presented by:
Loretta Worters

Vice President of Media Relations Insurance Information Institute

Loretta Worters is vice president of media relations for the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I), focusing her work on improving understanding of key insurance issues across all industry stakeholders including media, consumers, insurers, producers, and regulators.  As a national spokesperson for the property/casualty insurance industry, Loretta is frequently quoted in leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and Forbes, among others, and appears regularly on television networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, CNN, and FOX. Loretta handles major strategic issues confronting the insurance industry, with a focus on business insurance. She serves as the insurance industry’s chief crisis communications officer, developing and implementing disaster communications plans and working with national media during such catastrophes as the COVID-19 pandemic, civil riots, hurricanes, wildfires, and terrorism.

 
 
 
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Data security is top-of-mind for organizations of all sizes. It’s a concern that isn’t likely to subside any time in the near future. In fact, concerns have actually heightened — morphing and evolving — as millions of employees are now working from home. This has the potential to make organizational data even more prone to data breach than before. Crafting and implementing an effective security awareness campaign can help.

Read more.

 
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The field of data privacy is changing quickly. Through a turbulent 2020—including numerous challenges in concurrently adjusting to remote work, addressing data protection risks resulting from COVID-19 and operationalising new laws—privacy professionals have had to cover a lot of ground.

Read more.
 
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If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s this: Now more than ever, businesses and government agencies alike need better capabilities to manage critical events.
 
This critical event management (CEM) e-book looks at the three parts of CEM, then explores a scenario based on actual events to show how calm can turn into chaos – and how OnSolve can take you from chaos to control.
 
In this e-book, you’ll learn:
  • 3 essential parts of critical event management
  • How to reduce risk and improve operational continuity
  • How to manage end-to-end crisis response

Download the e-book now to learn how to bring more control to your critical event management process.
 
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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 June - December 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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