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ACP Book of Best Practices Now Available

The Association of Continuity Professionals First Book of Best Practices, a collection of research-based and peer-reviewed articles, examples and case studies written by ACP members, is now available here on the ACP website. This eBook details best practices in Business Continuity Management, Emergency Management, People, Resilience and Security & Risk.

Pick up your copy today. Discounted for ACP members. The link can also be found in the Resources menu.

(both members and non-members)

Best Practices Download that can be purchased $25.00 for members and $45.00 for non-members

Passing along for folks that may not have been onto the ACP site recently.  



Articles/White Papers

If anyone has an article/white paper/document they would like to share with the chapter, please send Information Director a copy to include on the website.

Other Resources


Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII)

  • CBCP - Business Continuity (2+ years)
  • ABCP - Business Continuity (<2 years)
  • CFCP - Functional SME
  • CBCV - Industry Resilience

Business Resilience Certification Corsortium International (BRCCI)

  • CBRM - Resilience Management 
  • CBRA - Reslilience Auditing
  • CBRITP - Information Technology
  • MABR - Master Resilience Management

International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

  • CEM - Emergency Management

American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS)

  • CHS - Homeland Security

Certificate Program

Emergency Management Certificate - Florida International University

International Hurricane Research Center

Florida International University and the International Hurricane Center now offer a Certificate Program in Emergency Management and Hazard Mitigation that consist of 5 separate two-day seminars. Individual seminars are offered about every other week so that the program can be completed in 90 days.

Disaster Management (DM) Diploma - University of Wisconsin, Madison

Disaster Management Center

The Disaster Management Center at the University of Wisconsin Madison's goal is to help improve the emergency management performance of non-governmental organizations, local and national governments, and international organizations, through a comprehensive professional development program in disaster management. Distance learning is the principal approach for this international program.

For more degree and certificate programs, please click here

Local or Online Degree Programs

Business Continuity, Security and Risk Management (Master of Science) - Boston University

  • BCP
  • Security
  • Risk Management

Concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (Master of Criminal Justice) - Boston University

  • Cybersecurity
  • Cybercrime

Computer Information Systems (Master of Science) - Boston University

  • Computer application systems
  • Information security
  • Risk management

Risk Management (MBA) - Walden University

Crisis Management and Business Continuity (Short Certificate Program) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • BCP
  • DRP
  • Crisis management

Emergency Management and Business Continuity (Applied Science T-Degree Program) - Edmonds Community College

  • Emergency management
  • Hazard response
  • DRP
  • Business continuity
  • Health and safety

Security and Strategic Intelligence, Business Continuity Track (Bachelor of Science) - Saint Louis University

  • Security
  • BCP

Emergency Management & Business Continuity/EMBC (Associate of Arts/Bachelor of Arts) - Metropolitan College of New York

  • Emergency management
  • BCP

Information, Risk and Operations Management (MBA) - University of Texas at Austin

  • Business analytics
  • Information management
  • Supply chain and operations management

Homeland Security (Master of Arts) - Northeastern University

  • Security
  • Emergency management
  • Risk management
  • Threat mitigation

Security Management with a Critical Response Certificate (Bachelor of Science) - University of Phoenix

  • BCP
  • Corporate security
  • Incident response
  • Personnel management

Security Management with Asset Prevention/Loss Prevention Certificate (Associate of Arts) - University of Phoenix

  • Corporate security
  • Enterprise risk mitigation
  • Security technology
  • Workplace safety

Continuity Management (Graduate Level Certificate) - Drexel University

  • Crisis management
  • Risk management
  • Emergency management
  • Disaster recovery

Emergency Management and Continuity Planning (Graduate Level Certificate) - University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Continuity planning
  • Crisis management
  • Risk management
  • Hazard vulnerability analysis
  • Information systems
  • Strategic planning

Business Continuity and Risk Management (Advanced Certificate Program) - Iona College

  • Risk management
  • Disaster recovery
  • Business resilience practicum

Emergency Management and Homeland Security (Master of Arts) - Arizona State University

  • Community resilience and recovery
  • Integrated emergency management
  • Interoperability for emergency managers
  • Public management




ACP Meeting 3.21.18

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

1:05 PM

Erie County Opioid Epidemic

Jay Williams

-Will be kicking of a Bi-Laws review if anyone is interested please contact Jay Williams directly

-Audit Report

- All transactions were accounted for. Thought some items would have been better documents.

-Receipts required for all transactions as it will help the audit later on

-Incoming Treasurer be part of the audit- making a motion to have it printed in the AOA.

-Hand off document obtaining a check list so people know what they are looking for

John Luce

-Over the last few months and even longer, the Opioid Epidemic has been all over the newspaper and news.

-Monroe County is the Number 1 County in the United States where the epidemic is the highest currently

-Introduced Cheryll Moore

Cheryll Moore- Erie County Department of Health

-PowerPoint presentation with Handout

-No one is immune to the Opioid Epidemic

-Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force- it is an entity, something that won’t go away

-Take a ways-

-No one woke up and said "I am going to be a drug addict"

-Last largest epidemic was after Vietnam

-Chronic Disease- it’s the maintenance that isn't there- predisposition

-Analogy- type 2 diabetes

-Natural opioids are produced in our body- endorphins (feel good)

-The more opioids you take, your body grows more sites (which never go away) for them to lay on which causes you to take more which causes you to grow a tolerance which can lead to a dependency

-We are a pill society

-Key ages- 12 to 14 (ie...sports injuries, braces, teeth pulling)

-Erie County Pill Disposal- don’t hold on to old meds, dispose of them properly (handout)

-The fish have detectable amounts of anti-depressants because people are flushing their pills (DON’T FLUSH)

-Erie County we collect 1 ton of meds every month that we burn

-iSTOP went in place in 2014 RX monitoring for prescription drugs

-Going to the doctor, if I haven't had an opioid script in the past 30 days, then an electronic script will be sent to pharmacy- no more paper

-Next thing they look at is how you are going to pay for it

-In 2015 number of people who died doubled to 256 because they turned to the street

-In 2016 301 deaths

-in 2017 we went down 10%

-Changed access to treatment- chronic disease- people need to be on medication

-Average age of death in Erie County is a 38 year old suburban male

-Fentanyl and Heroin

-Readily available in WNY area- comes in various forms usually beige or white powder

-Low in price- average per bag $5-$10 per bag

-Less expensive than RX pills such as OxyCotin

-High purity and deadly combination with Synthetic Fentanyl

-Powerful Opioid Leads to Overdose Deaths and can be snorted/inhaled or injected

-Carfentanil is 10,000 stronger then Fentanyl

Current Projects

-SBIRT- roll out (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment)

-Drug court collaborations

-Opioid Court offering interested cases to start MAT immediately

-Path and BSBH on site

-City of Buffalo Sex Trafficking court challenges refer interested defendants to safe house day time activities, and MAT

-Safe housing is huge barrier

-Drug disposals in ED's

-Andrew DiLuca and Rob McCormack championing ED replacements

-ECMSS ED kiosks increase use

-Medical student projects

-Dental pain management CE event

-February 10th HIV conference

-Additional Naloxone Workgroup Activities

-Applying for grants to fund expanded efforts

-CARA funding receiving BJA to coordinate and streamline naloxone reporting and linkage to treatment response at time of oversees, currently recruiting and training Peers and law enforcement

Who Overdoses?

-Among heroin users it has generally been those who have been using 5-10 years

-After rehab

-After incarceration

-Less is known about RX opioid users

-Anecdotal reports of youth dying suggest that many of those have been in drug treatment and relapses are now overdose victims


-Opioids repress the urge to breath- decrease response to carbon dioxide- leading to respiratory depression and death

Overdose Signs and Symptoms

-Overdose is rarely immediate- can happen over 1-3 hours

-Heavy/Uncontrollable Nodding

-Still arouseable

-Snoring or loud breathing

-May have excess drooling


-Not responsive

-Very shallow breathing, gurgling

-Skin changes, blue lips and nails

-Fatal Overdose


Context of Opioid Overdose

-The majority of heroin overdoses are witnessed

-provides opportunity for intervention

-Fear of Police may prevent calling 911

-Don’t run, call 911

-Witnesses may try ineffectual things

-Myths and lack of proper training


Naloxone (Narcan)

-Opioid antagonist which reverses opioid overdose

- Injectable or intranasal

-Has a higher affinity for opioid receptors that most opioid

-Occupy and block the receptors for 30-90 minutes

-"getting the wrong key stuck in a lock)

Naloxone in Action

-Causes sudden withdrawal in the opioid dependent person- an unpleasant experience

-No psychoactive effects- low potential for diversion, is not addictive

-Routinely used by EMS (but often in larger doses)

-Has no effect if an opiate is not present. Sold over the counter in Italy since 1988