Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP) - Central Maryland Chapter is a non-profit trade association dedicated to fostering continued professional growth and development in effective Contingency & Business Resumption Planning. ACP is the recognized premier international networking and information exchange organization in the business continuity industry.
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About this Event
This webinar will spotlight DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Emergency Communications Division (ECD), who provide assistance to emergency responders and state and local government officials to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
ECD supports interoperable communications for the public safety community, including three priority service programs available to eligible ACP members help mitigate the effects of emergencies and disasters on interoperable communications:
- Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS), which provides a priority service to improve communications in a congested or damaged landline telephone network;
- Wireless Priority Service (WPS) which extends GETS priority treatment capabilities to cellular telephone networks; and
- The Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) program, which provides organizations the ability to get priority restoration and/or priority provisioning of communications circuits to critical facilities when those telecommunications circuits are impacted as a result of an emergency or disaster.
ECD will review the process to subscribe to these priority service programs will be so that eligible ACP members can begin taking immediate advantage.
Please note: A link for the webinar will be sent shortly before the event.
Whether you are a continuity planner, disaster recovery manager, resiliency planner or emergency manager, this event is designed for you. We hope you can join us for this unique learning and networking opportunity! Please click here to register.
MADRA and the Central Maryland Chapter of ACP held a joint virtual meeting on May 13, 2020.
Al Mongeon and Chris Strong presented predictions and information for the upcoming hurricane season. Although most focus is on the current pandemic, other dangers and risks remain that can impact organizations, and with many employees working remotely, effects can be different and perhaps not planned or even considered.
Al Mongeon recently retired after a combined 50 years of Federal service first as a meteorologist/communications specialist for the Air Force and the National Weather Service (NWS). For the past 20 years, he has served as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Homeland Security Activities coordinator/senior meteorologist and Business Continuity Planner at the Department of Homeland Security. Al played a significant part in the development of the COOP program within the Department of Commerce and NOAA. As the NOAA and NWS representative to DHS, Al provided weather scenarios for the TOPOFF series of national level exercises and planning for major national events such as Super Bowls, Inaugurations, and July 4 th celebrations. He was also the designated desk officer during all hurricanes making landfall on US mainland, territories, or possessions from 2003 to 2012 and organized and provided meteorological support to major disasters such as floods, tornadoes, and wildfires.
Chris Strong is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) for the National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office located in Sterling, Virginia. His forecast office serves Maryland east of Garrett County, including the Chesapeake Bay, northern and northwestern Virginia, eastern West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. As WCM he is in charge of outreach and networking for his office, and ensures that the National Weather Service's programs, forecasts, and warnings are effectively used by the government, the media, and the public at large. Chris was selected to the Penn State Meteorology program, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1993. He entered the National Weather Service at the forecast office in Buffalo New York as a student intern, and then moved to the NWS Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office in the summer of 1993.
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