The 2018-11-29 show will provide a summary of the recent 25th Anniversary TIEMS conference in Manila, Philippines.
Social Media can help us in many ways but it can also cause us harm if we don’t pay close attention to what information is being presented by the various social media platforms. This week, we talk with Lt. Glen Mills who is a specialist in monitoring social media for situational awareness and is a Lieutenant with the Burlington, Massachusetts police department. Drawing upon extensive experience and using some real-life examples, Lt. Mills gives us tips and insights into how we can better prepare ourselves for the deluge of information conveyed through various social media sites and identifying what information is real and what may not. These tips will help all organizations, communities and individuals better prepare for – and respond to – potential situations that can cause us harm and prevent us from being taken in by those who would do us harm.
As part of a well-functioning BCM/DR program, we should be learning from our mistakes and ensuring we can adapt and learn from the events of the past. For most, the assumption is we will learn from only our mistakes and not the mistakes of others or the past. We speak with business expert and author John Vespasian who will provide us insights on business continuity and how history can teach us about planning and lessons learned to improve our BCM/DR thinking and efforts. We’ll talk about that by not validating conditions caused problems for Berblinger; how some groups were able to survive the Black Death; how Ancient Greece was able to survive using good planning over the mighty Persian Empire and even how risk assessments ensured the survival of an Antarctic expedition. It’s quite an enlightening and eye-opening episode chock full of interesting perspectives.
December and part of January hold many significant celebration periods and times for individuals to take some sort of holiday. Regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs, these two months have multiple celebrations around the globe – and sometimes people aren’t prepared for the possibility of there being a disaster or crisis situation. This show will focus on some key areas for people to consider during these celebration periods. We’ll look at safety tips for such things as: food safety, driving safety, winter concerns, heat exhaustion concerns and even concerns related to celebration decorations. Tune in to make sure your celebrations are safe and you’re prepared for anything unexpected
What makes a good crisis leader? How is it that they prepare and respond to situations differently? How do successful crisis leaders think and feel? It’s not easy being an organization’s Crisis Management Team Leader while probably having responsibility for Business As Usual tasks. It’s this buy schedule and the management of it, that sets the good crisis leader apart from those not so easily prepared for the task. Successful crisis leaders think, prepare and act differently from other crisis leaders. Their inner being leaves them better able to prepare for – and respond to, crises and disasters where their leadership abilities become front and centre during stressful periods. From ‘Thought to Consequence’ looks at the ways in which successful crisis leaders think about BC and DR and how they respond to serious incidents, which ultimately strengthens and organization’s ability to prepare and respond to disasters.
The September 6, 2018 episode is Part 2 at our look at how BCM and DR Programs Address Our Fears.
Continuing with our speaker series from the Continuity & Resilience Today conference in Toronto (May 2018), we speak with Emergency Management subject matter expert and registered nurse, Dee Grimm who will talk about the Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey (August 2017). Harvey presented unique challenges as it created unprecedented numbers of evacuees and those left homeless. Even today there are over 30,000 displaced persons in shelters and hotels throughout the state. Additionally, the medical challenges of closed or evacuating healthcare facilities, the loss of community health support systems and home health services for these displaced individuals all had to be planned for. Dee with talk about how the State managed the sheltering and medical responses and about the “boots on the ground”. Valuable lessons learned will be discussed and Dee will provide insight into best practices for providing mass care sheltering and medical support during catastrophic events.
For our Oct 11/18 show we’ll talk to award winning entrepreneur Marie-Helene Primeau who’ll talk to use about getting the best out of BCP plans by using them for smaller incidents.
BCM has the ability to address our common FEARS. Tune in August 23, 2018 to hear what our common fears are and how BCM program components address these fears.