The theme for 2018 will be best practices for building or refreshing a business continuity plan. We’ll begin the year by focusing on the steps required to start a business continuity program. Each subsequent month, we’ll build on what we’ve learned and take the next logical step in moving the plan to implementation. To reinforce our learning, we will build a BC plan for a fictitious company. Each month, all meeting materials and the updates to the fictitious company BC plan will be uploaded to the GTBACP website so those who could not attend will be able to stay current on our progress.
Whether you’re just starting to build your plan or looking to learn best practices, there will be opportunities for everyone as we move through the various phases to build our knowledge base through collaboration and education.
Be sure to visit the Events page for an overview of all 2018 monthly meetings.
Location: Tech Data Corp, 16202 Bay Vista Dr. Clearwater, FL
Date/Time: October 31, 2018 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Topic: Exercising Your Plan
October's program topic will be about exercising your business continuity/emergency management/disaster recovery program.
We have spent the past year discussing how to build an in-house program and now it is time to run a training exercise to see how your staff will respond to the elements of your BCP management system in the face of a simulated disaster. In our meeting, we will talk about how to construct your simulation exercise and then see some specific samples that reflect different types of emergency scenarios.
Tampa Business Emergency Council Launched
TAMPA, FL, (October 15, 2018) — Chauncia Willis, City of Tampa Emergency Management Coordinator, announced the formation of the Tampa Business Emergency Council (TBEC). The mission of TBEC is to act as a liaison between the Tampa Bay business community and the City of Tampa Office of Emergency Management and Emergency Operations Center and to function as an advisory council.
TBEC has been developed through a collaborative effort of the City of Tampa Office of Emergency Management, The Greater Tampa Bay Association of Continuity Professionals, the Tampa Office of Growth Management and Development Services, and the Hillsborough County Office of Economic Development. Its development came in answer to a need for improved communication and information between the City of Tampa and the Tampa Bay area businesses during times of crisis.
The vision of TBEC is to ensure small, medium and large businesses are represented and connected to emergency support services prior to, during, and after a crisis in order to maintain a resilient Tampa Bay.
TBEC will represent the Tampa Bay business community within the Emergency Operations Center. It will provide a framework that is predictable and repeatable which will result in effective communication during times of disruption. It will also provide training, awareness, and preparedness campaigns during peacetime to ensure businesses understand what types of support are available and how to request them.
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome TBEC as an established partner of Tampa’s EOC. Our business community will be critical to the success of the city’s recovery effort, post-disaster.” said Chauncia Willis, City of Tampa Emergency Management Coordinator.
“It is anticipated that with the involvement of the small, medium, and large Tampa Bay area businesses, TBEC will serve to better provide member businesses with critical information during times of crisis, and to provide a forum for the business community to make proactive planning recommendations to the City of Tampa Emergency Management. The net outcome will result in improved decision making and planning before, during, and after crisis events.” said Steve Elliot, newly-elected President of the Tampa Business Emergency Council.
2018 GTBACP Rewards Program
3Q2018 winner: Ashley York
3Q2018 winner: Ashley York
2Q2018 winner: David Skidmore
1Q2018 winner: Tim Smalczewski
For more information on the GTBACP rewards program, please click here.