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Meeting fees are used to pay for numerous chapter expenses, which include meals at the monthly meeting, as well as newsletter and website services, to mention a few. In order to meet the financial obligations of the chapter, meeting fees are nonrefundable and ineligible for reapplication to a future meeting. GTBACP Rewards winners will have one year to use their meeting credit before it expires. Visitors are welcome to attend up to three chapter meetings but will be required to become a paid GTBACP Chapter member to continue attending chapter functions.


Monthly Meetings

Our meetings are generally held on the last Wednesday of every month from 11:30am to 1:00pm (locations vary). The current slate of programs is listed on the home page.

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2018 Schedule


Mar 21   MEETING CANCELLED            

Topic:                   Business Impact Analysis – Company XYZ                    

Presenters:           Presentation and Moderated Discussion

Overview:             We will begin with a short presentation of the “must have” components in a BIA, which will lead into a moderated discussion of BIA best practices.  Topics in the discussion will include how to obtain executive alignment, what questions are important, how to perform interviews, and how to assimilate and make sense of the information obtained.

We will have a demonstration of best practices to package the results into a report for an executive presentation.  A completed BIA for our fictitious company will be presented.


Mar 28 (Post-DRJ ACP Meeting)    

Topic:                   Situation Awareness                           

Presenter:             Dr. Robert Chandler

Location:              Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Overview:             Situational awareness or situation awareness (SA) involves the critical sensory perception and analysis of environmental elements with respect to context, the recognition and comprehension of their meaning(s) and implication(s), and the projection of their dynamic status especially after variables or factors have changed. Situational Awareness is the ability to identify, process, and comprehend information about how to best manage or perhaps even survive in an emergency. Stated simply, it’s knowing what is going on around you, understanding what it “means” and having the best opportunity to successfully response. Situational awareness is dynamic and higher order skills set, and is hard to enact, maintain and sustain, as well as all too easy to lose.

Situational Awareness also involves selective attention, perception, mapping, processing, analysis, and cognitive elaboration. It is also linked to behavior, physical response and reactive decision making. Knowing “what is going on all the time” is very difficult for any one person, especially during a high stress or survival situation. Therefore, it is important that you know what behavior is effective in maintaining Situational Awareness.

This session will cover a few ways you can better understand SA, its key role in crisis management, as well as improve your SA knowledge, skills and abilities - before you next need it in a critical situation including the factors of: predictive monitoring, identifying environmental elements, intuition, managing information overload, mindfulness, temporal spatial recognition, fatigue endurance, and behavioral monitoring.


Apr 25                 

Topic:                   Mitigation Strategies                           

Presenters:           Presentation and Moderated Discussion

Overview:             A short presentation on implementing BIA findings and determining the requirements for mitigation strategies.  This will lead to a moderated discussion of best practices for determining the requirements to be addressed, identifying stakeholders, obtaining executive alignment, and determining cost benefit vs. risk.  Findings and strategies for our fictitious company will be included.


May 30

Topic:                   Incident/Crisis Management Best Practices               

Presenter:             TBD  

Overview:             We’re working to retain a subject matter expert from the public sector to present incident and crisis management best practices in the following areas:

  • Incident vs. Crisis – knowing the difference
  • Immediate vs. Evolving – different approaches
  • Crisis Communication


Jun 27 

Topic:                   Field Trip

Presenter:             TBD 

Overview:             As a follow-up to the previous month’s crisis management presentation, we will look to have a behind the scenes tour of a critical facility in the Tampa Bay area.  We will focus on this organization’s crisis management policies and procedures. Crisis management documentation our fictitious company will be reviewed.


Jul 25

Topic:                   Emergency Communications – Emergency Notification Systems                                

Presenter:             TBD

Overview:              Two facets of emergency communications will be presented.  The first presentation will be best practices for using social media for crisis communications.  The second presentation will cover the use of emergency notification systems to enable crisis communication within your organization.


Aug 29

Topic:                   IT Recovery                                             

Presenter:             Dennis Reid                                   

Overview:              This will be an interactive presentation on how the BC Program Manager can work with IT to insure the appropriate level of technology resiliency exists for the organization.  In layman’s terms we will cover the various aspects of modern corporate technology and where the “gotchas” are.  Tips will be presented to assist the BC Program Manager to better understand “IT speak”.

We will also review the technical recovery (DR) plans for our fictitious company.


Sept 26

Topic:                   Business Recovery                  

Presenter:             TBD                                 

Overview;             This will be a “user experience” presentation by a few of our member organizations on how they perform business unit recovery.  A moderated discussion on best practices will follow.

We will review the business unit recovery plans for our fictitious company.


Oct 31

Topic:                   Exercising, Maintenance, Training                      

Presenter:             TBD

Overview:            Moderated Discussion/Presentation

We will have a moderated discussion that will focus on best practices for exercising and maintaining a BC plan and how to perform effective BC program training.

A demonstration of the completed business continuity plan for our fictitious company will also be made.


Nov 14 -  Holiday Party

Topic:  Elections and holiday celebration