3/14/2023: Chapter Event with special guest Joshua Bashioum from Early Warning Labs (EWL)

Joshua will walk us through a brief history of Earthquake Early Warning in the US, how it works, and who is using it to save lives. Register here!

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12/13/2022: Chapter Holiday Event with special guest Larry Sigler - Waffle House Index

Larry will present the background and show some examples of the various storms Waffle House has encountered recently. In addition, he will cover Waffle House's plan of action before and after the storm. Larry Sigler is the Director of Food Safety for Waffle House. His duties entail developing food safety policies for the company and coordinating these policies with the Operations Team. A 22-year Associate, Larry has been involved in designing training for the Waffle House Team and working with numerous departments in the ongoing food safety initiatives.

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10/11/2022 Chapter Event: Emergency Management in a Cultural Property Setting with Les Borsay

While we all have unique challenges in preparing for disasters the role of Emergency Preparedness in a cultural property such as a museum has the added responsibility of our shared cultural heritage. Les Borsay will discuss how his role at the J. Paul Getty Trust focuses not only on the safety of visitors and staff, but also paintings, sculptures, antiquities, photographs etc.  

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6/7/2022 Chapter Event: Moniotring Eathquakes in SoCal with Margaret Vinci

During this engaging conversation Monitoring Earthquakes in SoCal , Margaret will lead us through: The earthquake threat/risk in SoCal; History (then and now) with the 100th anniversary of the Caltech Seismology Lab; Earthquake tools for quick response decisions; Earthquake early warning implementation case studies; Keeping staff safe at work and home resources.

View the recording here! 

4/5/2022 Chapter Event: Behind the scenes of a University Business Continuity Program with Steve Goldfarb and Narine Amroyan

Universities are cities within cities with large populations of students, staff and faculty. As a residential university, University of Southern California (USC) houses over 12,000 students and has extensive research and patient care operations at multiple campus locations in Southern California and across the globe. At its April 5th meeting, the Association of Continuity Professionals Los Angeles will host special presenters Narine Amroyan and Steven Goldfarb who will be sharing how USC ensures continuity of operations including the planning process, use of technology for business continuity planning (BCP), testing and response.

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3/8/2022 Chapter Event: Continuity Talent Hiring & Retention

An engaging roundtable with Alicia Stevens, an accomplished staffing professional and member of the National Board for the Association of Contingency Planners, on how to effectively recruit stand-out candidates in the Business Continuity field. If you're looking to hire professionals who can take your organization's business continuity or disaster preparedness program to the next level, this is the event for you!

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12/14/2021 Chapter Holiday Event

The 2021 Holiday Event featured, Garrett Pollard, Senior Disaster Recovery Sales Specialist with Amazon Web Services. Garrett has spent nearly a decade supporting organizations to develop and implement disaster recovery strategies to build resilience and business continuity in information technology sectors.

10/5/2021 Chapter Event: RoundTable Resume Workshop with Alicia Stevens

An engaging roundtable with Alicia Stevens, the Director of Program Development and Membership for the ACP Orange County Chapter, on how to build a stand-out resume, what BC job recruiters are looking for, how to best manage your Linkedin profile, and so much more! Alicia is an accomplished staffing professional with over 20 years of combined HR and Staffing experience in the public and private sectors. Alicia is responsible for implementing strategies that enable BC Management to recruit a high performing and motivated workforce for her clients. Alicia specializes in talent management, staffing, executive search, employment development, compensation analysis and coaching and career development. Bottom line: if you want to know what recruiters and managers are looking for, you want to know what Alicia's thinking!

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8/19/2021 Chapter Event: COVID Trends & Experiences Discussion (ACP LA Members Only)

At a special August 19th meeting, the Association of Continuity Professionals will host a discussion for ACP members only on COVID-19 trends and experiences in the field of business continuity and emergency management.

6/8/2021 Chapter Event: Preparing for the New Era of Civil Unrest with Special Guest Steven Crimando

Business continuity, security and emergency management professionals can benefit from a knowledge and understanding of the causes, warning signs and behavioral dynamics of groups, crowds and mobs that are associated with violent and destructive behavior. Such an understanding better prepares professionals for the new challenges associated with the use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and globalization as they relate to the development of civil unrest and the potential of dangerous and violent collective behavior. This updated 60-minute program provides timely, actionable information to better protect their organizations’ personnel and assets in response to potential group, crowd or mob situations.

Here is a link to the current issue of Crowd magazine, a UK-based international publication. Steve's article re: armed protests begins on page 44

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3/9/2021 Chapter Event: Adaptive: A More Challenging View of Business Continuity and Resilience

Led by Mark Amour - Business Continuity is far more difficult than we are ever prepared for. When we first enter the profession this appears to be the case but then we are given a clear roadmap with the assurance that, if we stick to prescribed path, we will achieve our objective of properly preparing our organizations to respond and recover effectively should a disaster occur. The truth is the task of organizational preparedness is far more multidimensional than the linear approach associated with our profession’s standards. And it requires far more of the practitioner – in terms of skills, experience and expertise – than simply learning a methodology. In this session learn just how different the Adaptive approach is to traditional business continuity and why it requires that you get out of your comfort zone in order to practice it effectively.

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12/8/2020 Chapter Event: Situational Awareness- Pitfalls to Avoid

Led by Monika Stoeffle- Monika Stoeffl has over 15 years experience in emergency management and business continuity, including cross-sector information sharing coordination, writing plans, designing exercises, conducting trainings, facilitating cross-agency collaboration, and conducting risk analyses.

10/6/2020 Chapter Event: Ready for the next Big Earthquake

This webinar is based on the latest California building code and guidance to hospitals in the state on how best to comply with the mandate requiring hospitals to stay open after an earthquake, and why that should matter to all businesses.   It is new, straightforward guidance on how to classify and categorize non-structural elements in buildings, and then how to use engineered solutions to address potential vulnerabilities.

6/9/2020 Chapter Event: Getting Ahead of The Curve

A panel of business continuity and disaster response experts present and discuss lessons learned from recent experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn what business leaders can immediately do to improve their operational and continuity plans as we begin to slowly reopen and plan for secondary COVID-19 waves.

3/30/2020 Chapter Event: Wildfire Continuity

In the early morning hours of October 28th, a broken branch started a 745 acre brush fire which destroyed homes, damaged others and threatened the Getty, a major local art institution. Les Borsay, Emergency Planning Specialist for the J. Paul Getty Trust Security & Visitor Services Department, will discuss not only the events surrounding the Getty Fire. He will also discuss what preparations The Getty takes to ensure the Center is safe from brush fires and how preparing helped them weather the fire.

12/12/17 Chapter Event: Conducting Powerful Exercises

Paul Lambert, President of Ripcord Solutions gave an exciting and informative presentation on business continuity exercises.  

Exercises build the muscle needed to respond to a disaster. During this presentation, we learned how to conduct a powerful and effective exercise, how to measure the results from an exercise, and how an exercise can be leveraged to mature your resiliency program. Whether from the private sector or public sector, we all have something new we can learn to improve our exercise planning. This was a great opportunity to learn new exercise techniques and to network with fellow business continuity and emergency management professionals.

Meeting Sponsor: Ripcord Solutions

10/10/17 Chapter Event: Looking Back: Business Continuity Lessons We Can Learn From Historical Events

This month we heard from Molly Latham about historical disasters. In discussing them, it is easy to see that history is filled with catastrophic events that changed the course of lives, communities and societies.This presentation will discuss several forgotten historical disasters and explore their legacies. The importance of crisis leadership will be highlighted with examples of events that were poorly led and the resulting effects. Common threads and lessons learned will also be explored.

  • Historical Disaster Highlights
  • The Lisbon earthquake, fire and tsunami of 1755
  • The outbreak of yellow fever in Philadelphia, 1793
  • The Thanksgiving Day disaster in San Francisco, 1900
  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911
  • The tri-state tornado, 1925
  • The Newfoundland earthquake and tsunami, 1929
  • The sinking of the SS Carl D. Bradley, 1958 

Meeting Sponsor: ImagIT Recovery & Regus Workplace Recovery

6/13/17 Chapter Event: Crisis Communication in Today's World

Patti Minassian, an award winning brand builder who develops integrated marketing communications programs, will share best practices about how to maximize the effectiveness of your crisis communications strategy.  Presentation highlights include:

  • Hear about the integration of social media into a crisis communications program.
  • Discover the technologies that are available now as well as when and how to use them.
  • Learn about the history of crisis communications and the events that have shaped today’s approach to communicating during an emergency.
  • Learn about good versus bad crisis communications practices; when to do press releases versus media interviews.
  • Get tips for developing message content; how to communicate clearly and succinctly.
  • Find out how to minimize the chances that your communications may increase the organization’s liability.
  • Learn when to use a crisis communications professional versus managing communications with non-specialized personnel.

Meeting Sponsor: Everbridge - keeping people safe and businesses running.

5/17/17 Chapter Event: Caltech Seismology Lab Tour

Join us from 10:00am - 1:00pm for a tour of the Caltech Seismology Lab in Pasadena, CA.  This tour will include a behind-the-scenes in depth look at the lab that serves as the focal point for earthquake information in California and around the world.  Tour highlights include:

  • Learn about the latest in seismology research and measurements; gain a better understanding of earthquake risks to your organization
  • Discover the newest develolpments in the earthquake early warning system.  The system can send a few seconds of warning before damaging waves hit your location.
  • Get tips on how to ensure that your earquake response strategy considers the latest information about earthquake science.

4/11/17 Chapter Event: Tabletop Exercises for the 21st Century

Tabletop exercises may seem like old hat in today’s highly automated world, but they serve a vital purpose in a mature business continuity and emergency management programs. This month we’ll hear from Bob Mellinger of Attainium Corporation, who is an expert in exercise design and execution. Please join us to learn about new and useful tools during this month’s presentation.

Our Sponsor: Rentsys Recovery Services.  Rentsys - Minimizing Operational Risk and Protecting Brand Reputation for over 20 years.

2/14/17 Chapter Event: Cybersecurity - How to Protect Yourself and Your Organization

Gary Bell, Senior Manager of Cybersecurity at Southern California Edison, will provide an overview of the cybersecurity threat landscape and will describe the steps that companies and individuals can take to mitigate the impact of cybersecurity attacks. In today’s interconnected world, every company and individual is vulnerable to these threats, so it’s important to know what you can do to protect yourself and your organization.

12/13/16 Chapter Event: Holiday Luncheon and Business Continuity Jeoprady

Please join us as we celebrate the holidays and play Business Continuity Jeopardy! You will be challenged to put your knowledge to the test in this entertaining and interactive game. Don't miss this fun meeting!

Our Sponsor: CASE Forensics

Since 1991, CASE Forensics Corporation (CASE) has provided forensic and consulting engineering services, litigation support, expert testimony and expert scientific analysis to insurance companies, law firms, manufacturers, risk managers, property managers and owners, government entities, and the construction industry, worldwide.

8/9/16 Chapter Event: The State of Cyber Security for Business Continuity Planning

Where is cybersecurity today? In this presentation you will learn about this fast-moving topic. Michael will provide you with the knowledge to enable effective decision making. If you need to make decisions that factor in cybersecurity, this presentation help you understand current cybersecurity detection techniques as well as some eye-opening trends. Michael will be covering common attack vectors, threat actors, and what kind of impact they have had on some well-known businesses and even our own government. This presentation will bring a wealth of knowledge and will better prepare you to integrate cybersecurity risk into your business continuity program.

Our Presenter: Michael Contreras, Southern California Edison. Michael Contreras has served in Southern California Edison’s cybersecurity governance, policies and standards team for the last several years. He is responsible for developing the company’s cybersecurity governance framework. Michael also serves as a copresenter for cybersecurity awareness, delivering multiple speeches on various cybersecurity topics.

Our Sponsor: SunGard Availability Services

6/14/16 Chapter Event: Workplace Violence: Lessons Learned from a Fatal Shooting

On December 16, 2011, an employee opened fire inside a Southern California Edison office building in Irwindale, CA. The shooter killed two employees and wounded two others before committing suicide. At the time of the incident, Sol Benudiz, this month's speaker, was part of Edison's corporate security leadership team. Executive management looked to Sol's organization to lead the response effort and to act as a liaison to law enforcement and the company's incident response. He'll describe the lessons he learned as a result of the event and he'll tell us how companies can better prepare themselves to respond effectively to these types of events. We will learn what the company did after the incident to reduce the risk of another tragedy.

Our Presenter: Sol Benudiz, Senior Director of Global Security and Safety at Herbalife Sol's responsibilities include physical security, strategic planning, safety and incident response. He was previously a manager in Southern California Edison's Corporate Security department where he was the business continuity manager and later a manager on the security side of the organization.

Our Sponsor: Herbalife

4/12/16 Chapter Event: Managing the Auditor When Your Program’s Being Audited

Having your business continuity program audited does not have to be a painful experience. This month we will have a strategic discussion about the mind of the auditor – to better understand how we can have input to the audit outcome. This does not mean we try to hide things from the audit team; we just need to ensure that the auditor is getting an accurate picture of the program. We will learn what auditors typically consider when assessing and reporting on a company’s program. We will talk about standards and regulations, not only from an official oversight perspective, but also from the auditor’s point of view. We will learn how “getting off on the right foot” can make a difference in the audit outcome. Tony will tell us how we can make the auditor an ally rather than an adversary. After hearing this presentation, you will be better equipped to get the most benefit from an audit of your program.

Our Presenter: Molly Latham, CBCP, MBCI

Since 2014, Molly Latham has been an independent business continuity consultant. She assists clients with business continuity program assessments, business impact analyses, plan development and testing, and business continuity training. She was previously the manager of business continuity at Southern California Edison. She led the company’s disaster recovery program and performed a number of business continuity studies, including risk assessments and business impact analyses. She and her team also helped Information Technology develop and exercise business continuity and incident management plans. Molly has an MBA from Pepperdine University, is a Certified Business Continuity Professional and is a Member of the Business Continuity Institute. She is the immediate past president of the Association of Contingency Planners, Los Angeles. Connect with her on LinkedIn at www:linkedin.com/in/lathammolly/.

2/9/16 Chapter Event: Taking Emergency Response Team Training to the Next Level

We all know that the goal of any exercise is to leave ur teams better prepared to respond to emergencies and disasters. At our February meeting, we’ll hear from Ross Kocen, VP of Business Development for First on Scene Training, a leading provider of emergency response training.  Ross will show us how his team adds realism by using moulage, the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training emergency response teams. After hearing from Ross, you’re going to want to kick you program up a notch and challenge your teams to respond to realistic – and, yes – stressful emergency scenarios.

Our Presenter: Ross Kocen.  In addition to his work with First on Scene Training, Ross is a current BICEPP Board Member, active in the Programs and Events Committees. He holds a BSEE from NYIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University; he has been a presenter at National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) symposium, SAR City and was an instructor at EMS World 2012, in addition to other organizations.

Additional Presentation:

We’ll also be getting a brief sneak preview of fascinating new technology that will allow organizations to evacuate buildings by enabling critical messages to be sent via smartphone. The technology is an application called FastEvac and we think it’ll inspire you think of new ways to manage evacuations and emergency communications.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, December 8th Los Angeles Chapter

Chapter Event Topics: Annual Holiday Meeting - Business Continuity Jeopardy

Don’t miss this year’s holiday meeting! We always have a great time playing Business Continuity Jeopardy. This year, Phyllis Nofts, our chapter president, will be hosting. We’ll split up into teams for some spirited competition. You’ll have fun while learning interesting facts about emergency events and disasters. We’ll also be giving away a number of great raffle prizes.

We'll also be saying thank you to our 2015 chapter board and introducing the 2016 board members!

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, October 13th Los Angeles Chapter

Chapter Event Topics: Preparing for Disaster: What Every Business Needs to Know

We all know that writing plans, conducting exercises and training staff are important elements of a business continuity program. But how many of you have adequate emergency supplies to keep your business going after a catastrophic event? This may seem like a “nice to have” feature of your program, but it is an essential element in enabling your business to recover from a disaster.This month we’ll learn about the emergency supplies every business should have on hand and how to keep them up to date. We’ll hear about getting funding to pay for emergency supplies and how to properly store them once you have them. After hearing this presentation, you’ll be ready to launch or supplement your organization’s emergency supply program.

Our Presenter: Jeff Edelstein is president of SOS Survival Products, headquartered in Van Nuys. SOS is a full-service first aid, safety, and emergency preparedness supply company. Jeff started SOS because he saw the need for emergency preparedness and awareness in his community. For 26 years, he has dedicated SOS’s efforts towards the preparedness needs of hospitals, businesses, governmental agencies, schools and community groups.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, August 11th Los Angeles Chapter

Chapter Event - 2 Topics:

Topic One: ISO 22301–The First International Business Continuity Standard We’ll be hearing from Mike Anzis about ISO 22301, the first and only international standard for business continuity. The first question you might have is, “Why should I care about 22301?” Mike has the answer, and by the end of his presentation, you darn well will care! He’ll talk about the history of the standard as well as how widely it’s been adopted. We’ll learn how to determine if it makes sense for your particular organization to pursue ISO 22301 certification. After hearing this presentation, you’ll be able to answer your leaders’ questions and concerns about business continuity standards. If you want to keep up with best practice in your profession, don’t miss this interactive and informative session!

Topic Two: BCM Program Trends–What Are the Most Successful Programs Doing Right? We’ll get an update from Cheyene Marling about the trends in our profession. We’ll hear that more than ever, business continuity professionals want to know how the most mature programs are approaching business continuity planning. What are these organizations doing differently than the rest? How are they achieving visibility within their organizations? How are they obtaining the necessary executive support? This session will assess the factors that differentiate the very immature programs from the very mature programs.

Our Presenters:

Michael (Mike) E. Anzis is a recognized business continuity and information technology management professional, with a background as Chief Information Officer, Program and Project Director, and as a consultant with several major consulting organizations and his own firm, Anzis Consulting. Mike specializes in disaster recovery and business continuity management, and has directed and executed small and large projects ranging from gap analyses to comprehensive program implementations. Mike has worked in awide range of industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree from U.C.,Berkeley, and a master’s degree from UCLA in Business Information Systems. Mike is a Certified Business Continuity Professional and an ISO 22301 (Business Continuity) Lead Auditor.

Cheyene Marling has been an executive recruiter since 1996 with over 16 years specializing in the business continuity profession. In 2000 she founded BC Management, Inc., a recruitment and data research firm specializing in business continuity. She has become an integral part of the business continuity community, previously serving on the board for the Association of Contingency Planners of Los Angeles and Orange County andcurrently isan active professional on the Editorial Advisory Board for Continuity Insights. She was also the recipient of the inaugural ACP Hall of Fame Award in 2006 and most recently she was awarded an Honorary MBCI by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI).

Our Sponsor:

Disaster Recovery Institute International is the leading nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recovery from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity and related fields. Founded in 1988, DRI International has 13,000+ certified professionals in more than 100 countries.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, June 9th Los Angeles Chapter

Chapter Event Topic: Reducing the Effects of the "Big One"

Is your business resilient enough to withstand the Big One? How do you judge your risk? Earthquake risk can be measured in terms of the three Ds: dollars, deaths, and downtime. This month we'll hear from Keith Porter, research professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, formerly at Caltech. In a lively and interactive discussion, he'll describe how one performs an earthquake risk audit to estimate the chance that a business will be able operate after an earthquake. We'll learn what factors most strongly contribute to your risk, whether structural, nonstructural, or resulting from utility failure.

We'll learn that many risks can be cost-effectively remediated under the ounce-of-prevention principle. After remediating identified vulnerabilities, the business continuity planner can then ensure that the business continuity plan addresses residual risks. He'll tell us how seismic risk is estimated with and without mitigation, the difference being a measure of the effectiveness of mitigation. The current and remaining risk also indicate the value of a thorough business continuity plan. A series of case studies for a Southern California utility will illustrate the benefits of an earthquake risk audit. An added bonus: a brief caution will be given about the limits of the building code, which does not aim to provide earthquake-proof buildings!

If your company operates in earthquake country, don't miss this presentation!

Our Presenter: Dr. Porter is a research professor in structural engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder and principal of the international risk consultancy SPA Risk LLC. He specializes in the estimation and management of natural-hazard risk. He helped to lead the Mitigation Saves study for the U.S. Congress, which found that FEMA’s natural-hazard mitigation efforts save $4 per $1 spent. He helped develop the Great Southern California ShakeOut scenario and the ARkStorm scenario for severe California winter storms. He performs research for and consults to federal, state, and local governments, and to the finance, insurance, and real estate industries. He has written 140 scholarly and professional works. For more information, see http://spot.colorado.edu/~porterka and www.sparisk.com.

Our Sponsor: Rentsys Recovery Services

About Rentsys Recovery Services: Founded in 1995, College Station, Texas-based Rentsys Recovery Services is a provider of comprehensive disaster recovery and business continuity solutions for businesses ranging from small bank branches to large enterprise organizations. The company offers business continuity management software and professional planning services along with fully customizable and testable solutions, which include restored communications systems, mobile and onsite business recovery centers, data backup and recovery using the cloud and quick shipment of office technology. These solutions can be combined to provide organizations with the ability to fully maintain regular business functions during a disaster. For more information, please visit www.rentsys.com.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, April 14th Los Angeles Chapter

Chapter Event Topic: Wilderness Survival and the Contingency Planner

What can wilderness survival skills offer contingency planners and first responders? If an outdoor adventurer can survive nature’s biggest challenges with limited resources, then the techniques and strategies used in remote areas can help keep people alive and well after disasters closer to home. Companies are obviously concerned about the possibility of employees “sheltering in place” until it is possible for them to return home. If that happens, many managers will be shocked that stockpiles of food and water won’t be enough to keep people alive. Instead, understanding specifically how to maintain a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude – strong will to live and engaged mind) and 98.6° will offer the best chance of survival, regardless of the situation. Join Tim for this fast-paced, fact-packed, relevant and interesting session. He will cover how to keep survivors positive, engaged, protected, and expending energy only on the critical tasks that will help keep people alive and comfortable until rescue comes - whether tomorrow or next week.

As a bonus we’ll be raffling some of the emergency kits that Tim will be demonstrating at the meeting.

Our Presenter: Tony Adame is the Director of Consulting Services for Ripcord. He provides planning services for business continuity, emergency response, and disaster recovery as well as crisis communication to Ripcord clients. Tony has over 20 years of experience assessing business impacts and developing continuity plans for clients in various industries including: entertainment, manufacturing, hi-tech, banking, defense contracting, education (K-12 and higher education), transportation, hospitality and gaming, pharmaceutical, insurance, information technology, and travel. He has designed and led tabletop and hot-site exercises for clients in numerous industries. He has also facilitated real-time Business Continuity, IT Security, and IT DR responses to major incidents.

Our Sponsor: Tim Kneeland has been teaching survival to military, government, municipalities, educational institutions, companies, SAR organizations, first responders, non-profit groups, and the general public since 1965. His recent and current clients include Customs and Border Protection Pilots and Marine Officers; USCG Rescue Swimmers; Charter Aircraft Crews (FAR 135.331); and CERT/Emergency Responders. Tim’s detailed bio can be found at www.SurvivalEducators.com.

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Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, December 9th Los Angeles Chapter

Topic: ACP's Annual Holiday Luncheon - Business Continuity Jeopardy

Think you know all about the terminology, practice and history of business continuity? Come to this month’s meeting and test your mettle against the best of them! All attendees will receive great gifts as well as the chance to win our fabulous raffle prizes. We’ll also be recognizing our chapter’s 2014 Most Valuable Player and introducing the 2015 ACP Los Angeles Board of Directors. Don’t miss this chance to start your holidays off with a fun and informative event!

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, November 11th Los Angeles Chapter

Topic: What You Can Learn When Your BC/DR Program Is Audited

When business continuity professionals hear that their program is about to be audited, they often have a feeling of dread. But a well-executed, collaborative audit can be the professional's best asset. Think of an audit as an opportunity to let management know what gaps exist in your program; this may be the best way to ensure that the program gets adequate management attention.

Our presenter: This month we'll hear from Joe Morrison about Toyota’s unique approach to auditing its BC/DR Program. We'll learn how a recent audit was structured to promote "lessons learned" for the business continuity and disaster recovery teams, both during and after the audit. Joe will share the unique executive summary that the audit team produced. Finally, we'll learn how your program can benefit from using a third-party auditor instead of the internal audit staff you already know.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, October 14th Los Angeles Chapter

Topic: Securing Guaranteed Hotel Rooms for Your Organization During a Disaster Deployment: A Tale of Two Companies

This is a fast-paced and comprehensive presentation that recounts the experiences of two large corporations that chose divergent paths when it came to securing hotel rooms for their critical personnel in a deployment. This is not an abstract session. Instead, you’ll learn exactly what these two organizations did to secure emergency housing; we’ll discuss what worked and what didn’t. There are more than 60 negotiable terms in a hotel’s group booking contract, and this session will equip you with creative, unique ways to craft those contracts to your organization’s best advantage to fit the unique aspects of a crisis management booking. Bring your war stories; this is meant to be interactive. We’ll hit as many of those as we can.

This session will also cover best practices for guaranteeing hotel rooms in advance on a contingency basis if time allows.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, September 9th Los Angeles Chapter

Topic: Active Shooter / Rapid Relocation: What Every Business Continuity Professional Needs to Know

We’ve all heard of active shooters, but how many of us would know what to do if we were confronted by one at work or while going about our business? This month’s presentation will leave us with the tools we need to be prepared for an active shooter incident. We’ll be provided with information about:

Things to look for before an incident occurs – pre-incident indicators

Preparation and threat assessment

Methods to identify the differences between a lockdown situation and an active shooter, including rapid relocation.

We’ll also learn what to expect during an active shooter event and what law enforcement will do during and after the event. After hearing this presentation, participants will be able to pass along the information to their respective decision makers. Ultimately, the goal is to update or revise company policies and procedures, and to train staff and thereby improve safety. Don’t miss out on this very relevant topic.

Our presenter: Deputy Chief Timothy J. Anderson is the commanding officer of the Los Angeles School Police Department’s Office of Strategy, Planning, and Accountability and concurrently the Commanding Officer of the Critical Response Team (CRT), the Honor Guard, and the Counter-terrorism Unit.

Timothy is a 22-year veteran of the LASPD and has held a variety of assignments, including Interim Chief of Police, Commanding Officer: Field Operations Bureaus, and Incident Commander during a myriad of high profile unusual occurrences and tactical incidents.

Timothy earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne and a master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He has taught numerous courses and subjects within the law enforcement community and criminal justice courses at the college level. Timothy has also received several professional awards that include the Medal of Valor, Police Star for Bravery, and Medal of Meritorious Service.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, August 12th Los Angeles Chapter

Topic: Sharing Cyber Liability Risk – Why Your Company may need a Cyber Insurance Policy

This month we will hear from Wayne Gustafson about how cyber liability has evolved over the last decade. Our speaker will provide an overview of the exposures that give rise to cyber liability and the benefits achieved by purchasing cyber insurance coverage. We will learn how to review the underwriting process with a focus on what underwriters require during an evaluation to determine whether or not to quote a premium. We will also review the key components of a Cyber Liability policy and learn how to ensure companies have adequate coverage.

Our presenter: Wayne Gustafson spent the first twelve years of his career with Andersen Consulting leading project teams in the design and implementation of fully integrated custom financial systems; and the next 20+ years with Arthur Andersen in various leadership roles. Before joining Latham & Watkins, Wayne lead a turn-around effort for a small company in the entertainment industry. His current responsibilities at Latham & Watkins involve coordination of the firm’s risk management program and overall accountability for the business continuity plans.

Nationwide - Volunteer Reception Center Exercise - September 16, 2014.

The Points of Light is offering an opportunity for agencies and organizations tasked with coordinating spontaneous volunteers during a disaster the chance to participate in an internet based exercise entitled “Operation Volunteer Placement” on September 16, 2014. This exercise will proved participants from local agencies and organizations that have a role in coordinating and / or utilizing spontaneous volunteers during a disaster the opportunity to work together as a unified team in establishing, managing and demobilizing a Volunteer Reception Center.

For additional information and to register yourself along with your agency or organization to participate in this exercise, please visit the DRC Group website.

This exercise is FREE and open to agencies and organizations responsible for coordinating spontaneous volunteers during a disaster.

The 4 Steps To Exercise Participation

  • Click here for additional exercise information and to register.
  • Mark the date of the exercise on your calendar.
  • Host the exercise for local agencies and organizations responsible for coordinating spontaneous volunteers during a disaster.
  • Share your exercise story and / or experience via the Good & Ready website.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, July 8th - Meeting Cancelled Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: What You Can Learn When Your BC/DR Program Is Audited

When business continuity professionals hear that their program is about to be audited, they often have a feeling of dread. But a well-executed, collaborative audit can be the professional's best asset. Think of an audit as an opportunity to let management know what gaps exist in your program; this may be the best way to ensure that the program gets adequate management attention. This month we'll hear from Joe Morrison about Toyota’s unique approach to auditing its BC/DR Program. We'll learn how a recent audit was structured to promote "lessons learned" for the business continuity and disaster recovery teams, both during and after the audit. Joe will share the unique executive summary that the audit team produced. Finally, we'll learn how your program can benefit from using a third-party auditor instead of the internal audit staff you already know.

Our Presenter: Joe Morrison has been an internal audit manager for Toyota Motor Sales for four years. He has over 20 years of experience in aerospace engineering, methods engineering, process improvement and systems development. Joe has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from UC Berkeley.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, June 10th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: The Community Stakeholder Network System

There's no telling when a disaster will strike. Having access to reliable information is critical to being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Disasters have taught us that in order to save lives, stay in business and protect our families, we must talk and listen to each other; we must break down silos; we must share information. Above all, we must get involved. Companies spend millions of dollars on disaster preparedness activities. This month we'll hear about a system that's free, and may provide more value than many of the tools we're currently using. We'll hear from Brent Woodworth about an exciting new program supported by the City and County of Los Angeles. It provides the tools, protocols, and support needed to bring together stakeholder sectors for the purpose of improved situational awareness and community resilience. Brent will conduct a live demonstration of the Community Stakeholder Network (CSN) system and discuss ways that businesses can benefit from it. You'll hear how CSN has led to an increase in business / government sector collaboration, cooperation and commitment. You'll find out how CSN turns raw data into business intelligence that your company can use to respond to and recover from disasters. Brent will tell us why diverse companies like Walmart, The Cheesecake Factory and Wells Fargo Bank have joined CSN. Don't miss this chance to see how your company can be better prepared by joining CSN!

Our Presenter: Brent H. Woodworth’s career spans over 38 years with extensive experience in international global risk analysis, national crisis management, community relations, systems and collaborative partnership development. He has a distinguished history of working with governments, private sector corporations, academic institutions, faith-based leaders, and nonprofit organizations. Brent retired from IBM in 2007 as the Worldwide Segment Manager for the IBM Crisis Response Team. Brent was responsible for crisis management services, incident management, and associated consulting services for IBM sites and clients worldwide. Brent consults on a global basis with business leaders, senior elected officials, government agencies, military leaders and heads of state in the development and implementation of improved risk identification, disaster management, community resilience, and global humanitarian relief services.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, May 13th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: Critical Communications Recovery – Emerging Trends, Best Solutions

“Why should we have a critical communications business continuity and disaster recovery plan?” It’s one of the most common questions asked in our business. The answer is simple for companies in certain industries. Often, a variety of laws and regulations require or imply the need for a recovery plan to protect critical communications. Healthcare, financial, utility and government are just a few.

The answer for others is less defined. Common objections include cost, having a second facility with backup capabilities or outsourcing of print-to-mail operations. But the consequences of not having a proven recovery plan in place can be severe. They can range from loss of revenue and critical cash flow to service level penalties and fines or corporate image issues.

This month we'll hear from Jerry Montella, Vice President of Mail-Gard. He'll examine emerging trends and requirements of a Critical Communications Recovery Plan – including data security, print and mail facility security as well as a review of methods to incorporate into your existing Business Continuity Plans. Digital solutions for your critical communications will also be discussed.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to optimize your organization's critical communications recovery plan!

Our Presenter: A founding member of Mail-Gard, Jerry Montella successfully developed the company into the nation’s leading provider of print-to-mail continuity and recovery services. Jerry currently serves as Mail-Gard’s Executive Vice President. Prior to joining Mail-Gard in 1996, Montella served as the Director of the Brokerage Division of CC3, Mail-Gard’s then parent company, and previously owned and operated his own direct mail and fulfillment company.. Montella serves on the National Postal Policy Council and is currently on the executive council for Disaster Recovery Journal. Jerry’s insight on the print/mail recovery industry has been published in Continuity Insights, Disaster Recovery Journal, Document, and Mailing Systems and Technology magazines. He is a noted speaker for national and local postal, print and disaster recovery conferences.

Our Sponsor: Invoices, statements, policies, payroll – if you can’t print and mail these documents your company can suffer fines, loss of cash flow, and compliance issues. And what about protecting consumer privacy, the information printed on those documents? You take care to protect critical customer data, what about when that data is printed on a document? In the event of a business interruption you need someone who can produce your documents, someone who maintains the security and quality standards that your business requires. Mail-Gard is the nation’s leading provider of print-to-mail recovery solutions, offers the only dedicated print-to-mail recovery facilities, supports a variety of print and insert technology and has extensive declaration support experience. For more information contact us at: 267-960-3119 or visit www.mailgard.com.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, April 8th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: How to Improve Resiliency by Expanding Your Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery Program

Do you remember mainframes? If you do, then you also remember how easy it was to implement effective business continuity and disaster recovery planning. But the world has changed. Threats increase daily and it is almost impossible to protect your organization from all vulnerabilities. For the contingency planner, this means that the number of threat scenarios continues to increase, while continuity and disaster recovery plans are expected to remain small, effective, and easy to use.

This month, Ren Powers' presentation will focus on the BC/DR elements that enable organizations to effectively consider all elements of business resiliency – crisis management, change control, risk management, vendor management, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and information security – to ensure that appropriate issues are addressed so that continuity of business operations can be achieved. Ren will describe the program she manages, including the difficulties encountered in keeping up with ever-growing business complexities.

Our Presenter: Ren Powers is the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Program Manager for City National Bank. Her responsibilities include risk management, IT and Enterprise governance, business impact analysis, business continuity plans, disaster recovery plans, testing, maintenance, and follow-through on outstanding issues. She interfaces with regulators and reports results to executives and board members. Ren has over 20 years in this field and is also an information security professional and has assisted ISACA with CISM exam reviews and other presentations. She is a CISSP.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, March 11th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: Incidents in the Cloud and on Your Premises - Are You Prepared?

We all know that preparation is critical to appropriate responses during an event. We also know that top-down decisions will have been made prior to the event. But when crises happen, stress, anxiety and adrenaline often impair our judgment and perception. At this month's meeting, we'll discuss the primary tenets of an incident response program, how to integrate them into response strategies - particularly for cloud-based solutions - and how to provide a framework that ensures that your incident response plan is comprehensive and effective.

Our Presenter: Mr. Jeromie Jackson is a seasoned security expert with over 20 years of experience leading security consultancies. He's provided information security services to Fortune 500, large enterprise, and mid-sized businesses. He is a well-known speaker and author on information security topics and has held leadership positions in a number of related professional organizations; he is currently president of the San Diego chapter of Open Web Application Security Project. Mr. Jackson holds CISSP, CISM, COBIT, & ITIL certifications and is a SANS Mentor for the CISSP curriculum.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, February 11th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: Developing a Response and Recovery Program for a Large, Diverse Organization.

Do you think the scope of your organization is large? Imagine having 25,000 locations and almost 800,000 human beings to account for in your business continuity plan. What organization are we talking about? It's the Los Angeles Unified School District. How do its plans relate to yours? This month's speaker will describe his efforts to document and test plans while considering the following:

  • Multiple, dispersed locations
  • Need to recover multiple computer systems
  • Responsibility for health and safety as well as restoration of services
  • Necessity for alternate work locationsNeed for emergency communications to multiple audiences
  • Need for an emergency operations center

Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Earl R. Perkins, Assistant Superintendent, School Operations will tell us about the process he went through to overhaul his organization's response and recovery plans. Don't miss this fascinating look at another facet of the response and recovery world - where valuable insights often come from completely different sectors of our society.

Our Presenter: Veteran Los Angeles Unified School District administrator Earl R. Perkins was first appointed Assistant Superintendent in December 2005 and began heading up School Operations in 2007. Among his current duties is emergency preparedness and recovery planning for a number of key operational functions throughout the district. Over the years, he has been selected for numerous awards and has obtained a number of degrees and credentials in his field.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, January 14th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: Crucial Dialog Skills Before, During and After Disasters

Emotions run high – before, during and after a disaster. Being able to have effective dialog when emotions are elevated reduces costs, restores relationships and saves lives. This month we’ll hear from Debra McClendon about a tool designed to improve communications within organizations. The techniques she’ll discuss are especially effective in emergency situations. Crucial Conversations – Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High is a tool created by VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate training and leadership development.

Come hear an overview of the Crucial Conversations model and learn about several tools that are taught in this popular class. By the end of the session, you will have acquired skills that you can apply to day-to-day situations as well as during and after disasters. Don’t miss this chance to improve your program’s effectiveness with these proven techniques

Our Presenter: Debra McClendon is a certified Crucial Conversations facilitator. She has delivered the course to hundreds of learners at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. She is a motivational speaker and learning consultant.

Our Sponsor: Reed McGinnis from Blackboard Connect.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, December 10th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: Annual Holiday Celebration: Who Says You Can’t Learn While You’re Having Fun?

Business Continuity Jeopardy!

Think you know all about the terminology, practice and history of business continuity? Come to this month’s meeting and test your mettle against the best of them! All attendees will receive great gifts as well as the chance to win our raffle prize.

We’ll also be recognizing our chapter’s 2013 Most Valuable Player and introducing the 2014 ACP Los Angeles Board of Directors. Don’t miss this chance to start your holidays off with a fun and informative event!

Southern California ShakeCast Workshop, on Friday, November 15, 2013

You are invited to attend the second Southern California ShakeCast Workshop, on Friday, November 15, 2013, at Caltech. USGS ShakeCast is a post-earthquake application that automatically retrieves earthquake shaking data from ShakeMap, compares intensity measures against your facilities, and within minutes, generates a potential damage assessment notification, facility damage maps, and other web-based products for emergency management and response. With ShakeCast you can automatically determine the shaking value of your facilities, set thresholds for notification of damage for each facility and automatically notify the responsible party at the damaged facility so they can set priorities for response.

The workshop will take place between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm at the Salvatori Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Seismological Laboratory. The address is 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, California 91125-2100.

Dr. David Wald, USGS chief developer and his team will be there to conduct the workshop for a hands-on training on implementing ShakeCast.

Please find more information about ShakeCast here.

ShakeCast is freely available and it’s now much simpler to implement: Come find out how!

Space is limited for workshop – Please RSVP by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parking: Park in the parking structure behind the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics on the south side of California Blvd. (between Wilson Av. and Arden Rd. See map.) Parking is $6. Walk west on California Blvd. for two blocks to the northeast corner of California Blvd. and Wilson Av.

Cal Tech Map

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Margaret Vinci, Mgr. Office of Earthquake Programs, Caltech at 626-395-3298.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, November 12th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: Why Community and Home Preparedness May Be Key to Your Organization's Recovery

As business continuity professionals, we naturally focus on the resources we would need to recover from a disaster. What computer systems are most critical? Which buildings need to be available? How long can we go without new supplies? But the most fundamental resource we would need after a disaster is our people, and we don’t pay enough attention to planning for their recovery.

This month we’ll hear from Nathan Wolfstein, an avid proponent of community and home preparedness. He’ll talk about the extent to which preparedness affects companies’ ability to survive and recover. He’ll remind us of something we already know: after a disaster, your employees will consider their families first. It is imperative that planning professionals encourage and enable employees to have emergency preparedness plans for their families and communities. Nathan will tell us about integrated programs that include individual as well as public and private collaboration. We’ll learn about training programs and volunteer opportunities and the benefits they provide to us as individuals and planning leaders.

If you want to elevate your organization’s level of preparedness, this month’s presentation is not to be missed.

Our Presenter: Nathan A. Wolfstein IV is a dynamic speaker and tireless leader in the field of emergency management. He has been at the forefront of numerous preparedness efforts, including the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team and the Valley Public Response for Emergency Preparedness. Nathan is also current chair of the Los Angeles CAT (Community Action Team), created by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield to address issues through community and government partnerships.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, October 8th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: BCM Program Trends - What Are the Most Successful Programs Doing Right?

More than ever, business continuity professionals want to know how the most mature programs are approaching business continuity planning. What are these organizations doing differently from the rest? How are they achieving visibility within their organizations? How are they obtaining the necessary executive support? This month's presentation will describe the attributes of mature versus immature programs. Don't miss this chance to see how your program stacks up and learn how to make it more effective.

Our Presenter: Cheyene Marling has spent 13 years as an executive recruiter specializing in the business continuity field. In 2000, she founded BC Management, Inc., a recruitment and data research firm specializing in business continuity. Cheyene has become an integral part of the business continuity community. She previously served on the boards of the Association of Contingency Planners, Los Angeles and Orange County chapters. She is currently an active member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Continuity Insights. She was the recipient of the inaugural ACP Hall of Fame award in 2006 and was most recently awarded an honorary MBCI by the Business Continuity Institute.


Exercise Opportunities - Tornado, September 28 / Earthquake, October 26 / Pandemic, January 25, 2014.

Formidable Footprint - Tornado / Earthquake / Pandemic Exercises

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, September 10th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: Business Continuity Awareness – How to Create Effective Communications

This month we’ll hear from two of our members about how they have elevated their organizations’ business continuity awareness programs by creating training videos that lay out the essentials of their programs. Ron Reyes and Molly Latham will show the videos that they have created and explain the process for creating effective and relevant materials. Participants will be able to ask questions and describe their efforts at refining business continuity awareness at their organizations. Don’t miss this chance to learn how to take your program to the next level!

Our Presenters: Ron Reyes and Molly Latham are members of ACP Los Angeles’ Board of Directors and are business continuity professionals at Oaktree Capital Management and Southern California Edison, respectively.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, August 9th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Seismological Laboratory Tour

This month we’re heading out to the world-renowned campus of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for a tour of the seismological laboratory. The lab was established in 1921 and is now one of the world’s preeminent centers for geophysical research. Margaret Vinci, the lab’s office manager, will tell us how scientists gather information, study earthquakes and use this information to better understand seismic threats. She’ll also describe the resources available to business continuity and emergency management professionals.

After our visit to the lab, we’ll head across campus for lunch at the Chandler Café, serving a wide variety of fresh, delicious meals. More information at the Caltech's Dining Facility: Chandler Cafe

Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes; we’ll be doing quite a bit of standing and walking.

Location: California Institute of Technology, Seismological Laboratory, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, California 91125-2100.

Cal Tech Map

Parking: Park in the parking structure behind the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics on the south side of California Blvd. (between Wilson Av. and Arden Rd. See map.) Parking is $6.

Speaker: Margaret Vinci

Meeting Cost: $20 – ACP members / $30 – nonmembers


10:15: Park and use parking payment machine

10:15 – 10:30: Walk west on California Blvd. for two blocks to the northeast corner of California Blvd. and Wilson Av.

10:30 – 11:00: Assemble and register in the courtyard. Please be at the courtyard at 10:30 so we can check you in.

11:00 – 12:00: Tour the Seismo Lab

12:00 – 12:15: Walk across campus to the Chandler Café

12:15 – 1:00: Lunch

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, July 9th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: Establishing a Work Area Recovery Facility – One Company’s Experience

A work area recovery facility is established in case the regular workplace is unavailable due to an emergency or disaster. This month Michael Young will describe how the Capital Group planned and implemented an internal, dedicated work area recovery facility. During the project, a number of factors needed to be addressed, including these examples

  • Building - How much space is available (in square feet)? Can we get exclusive use of the space or is it contracted to others
  • Parking - What outside parking is available? How many spaces are available? How close is it to the building?
  • Security - How is the entrance to the property secured? What security breaches have occurred in the past 12 months? How were they resolved?
  • Telecommunications - How is the building connected to external high-speed telecom facilities? Can the building support voice over IP and/or wireless telecom service?
  • Power - What generator(s) in the building provide(s) backup power for tenants? What is the building’s history with regard to brownouts and blackouts?
  • HVAC - What building HVAC system are in place? What facility is available to eliminate smoke and other contaminants?
  • Fire, life and safety - What fire detection and suppression system is provided? How many incidents involving life safety have occurred in the past 12 months? How were they resolved?
  • Data center room - What available space can be used for a data center? Is there a raised floor in the data center room?

If you're considering a work area recovery facility, be sure to attend this month's presentation and learn from a veteran!

Our Presenter: Michael Young is an Assistant Vice President of the Capital Group and a Senior Manager with the Global Business Continuity team. He joined Capital Group in 1994 as manager of a global Investment Systems Technology Support team and transitioned to the Global Business Continuity team in 2007 where he now jointly manages Capital Group’s dedicated 900 seat recovery facility at Long Beach, California. He earned a BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, holds current CBCP and MBCI certifications and serves on the board of directors for the Association of Contingency Planners, Orange County chapter.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, June 11th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: After the Disaster, Will You Have Sufficient Capacity to Recover

Communications technologies have transformed our day-to-day world in ways we couldn't have imagined 20 years ago. Cell phones, e-mails, and text messages have increased our ability to connect and be productive. But these tools can also save lives during an emergency. We're all familiar with the concept of an Emergency Notification System (ENS). These media are able to deliver information to any number of devices using voice or text. They can simultaneously warn large groups about impending or existing threats. This month we'll hear from someone with first-hand knowledge about the benefits of using such systems. Chris Barbour will tell us about Toyota ’s use of an ENS and how it is incorporated into their disaster response and business continuity programs. He'll explain how they optimize ENS effectiveness by using it for emergencies as well as daily operational issues. lf you're interested in maximizing your organization's ability to use emergency communications, don't miss this month's timely presentation.

Our Presenter: Perry F. Jones has over 30 years of experience managing risk. He spent the last eight years managing business continuity in the financial industry. Previously, he led risk management efforts for the United States Marine Corps, where the consequences of risk were often serious and sometimes life threatening.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, May 14th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Chapter Event: The Effective Use of Mass Notification Systems

Following Hurricane Katrina, the federal government recognized that it needed to be more responsive in the immediate aftermath of disasters. FEMA developed a "surge capacity" force to augment response efforts when normal capacity was exceeded. FEMA deployed the strategy for the first time during its response to Super Storm Sandy.

This month, we'll learn from Perry Jones that the same concept can be applied to recoveries in business environments. Surge capacity can be built into your planning strategy so you can sustain operations over the duration of the recovery effort. He'll tell us how to incorporate surge capacity into an existing business continuity program. He'll discuss the factors and metrics that will enable you to estimate the duration of your surge capacity effort. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about this innovative and effective approach to recovery management.

Our Presenter: Chris Barbour has worked for Toyota since 1985. For the past 15 years, Chris has played major roles in building Toyota's Business Continuity and Emergency Response programs. Currently, he is responsible for managing Toyota's Emergency Operations Center, mass communication system, emergency management system, and disaster communications across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Toyota’s disaster programs cover 125 sites supporting over 17,800 associates.

Chris is currently collaborating with Toyota’s Financial Services in South America and Toyota’s USA Manufacturing group in sharing Toyota's business recovery practices and disaster communication programs.

Chris has developed and built Toyota’s emergency management program using SharePoint, Microsoft Collaboration software. The application was tested during Toyota’s EOC exercise conducted in October 2011.

Chris has been a member of LA ACP and Los Angeles BICEPP.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, March 12th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 Chapter Event: How Your Program Can Benefit from the Lessons of Super Storm Sandy

News coverage of Super Storm Sandy focused on the human stories of heroism, tragedy, loss and redemption. Sandy's effect on business was less widely reported, but insurers expect that the final toll on business will be between $10 and $20 billion. This month we'll learn more about Sandy's business impact from Scott Whittington, who manages logistics for Toyota at Port Newark, New Jersey. He'll tell us about his experience during and after the storm and share business lessons learned. He'll demonstrate how basic preparedness and response principles can be applied to any type of disaster, e.g., earthquakes, floods, fires, etc. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from someone who's "been there."

Our presenter: Scott Whittington is a Business Systems Field Manager that has 25 years with Toyota in the Information Systems and Vehicle Logistics business areas. His major responsibility is to develop and maintain logistics systems and data management.

Association of Contingency Planners - February 12th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 Chapter Event: Ensuring That Your Recovery Strategy Works!

This month we'll hear from Lorraine Nelson, Technology Manager, Toyota Motor Sales. She will walk us through the process of failing over a critical application and its interdependent systems. We'll learn what happens when the recovered system is run in failover mode for a whole week. Lorraine will share the approach, activities and tools that she used to perform this failover, including application impact analysis, emergency notification system, tabletop exercises, weekly meetings, functional exercises, disaster recovery plan, network performance test and failover script.

Our presenter:

Lorraine Nelson is a service continuity manager for IS Operational Services at Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc. She is responsible for disaster recovery program and the IS Business Recovery Coordinator for Business Continuity. She is the Program Director of the Los Angeles Chapter of Association of Contingency Planners.

Since joining TMS in 1977, Lorraine has held several managerial positions including Operations Manager, Field Support Manager, Design and Engineer Manager and Infrastructure Technology Consultant. She has over 15 years in disaster recovery and business continuity.

Lorraine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands, and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University.

Association of Contingency Planners - January 8th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, January, 2013 Chapter Event: The 21st Century Business Continuity Professional: Embracing Social Business Collaboration

As organizations and technologies become more complex, it's increasingly clear that it takes a team to create a successful business continuity program. Today, social computing techniques such as microblogging, wikis, and blogs are poised to help companies take a significant leap forward in their ability to collaborate and work together. Clearly, social media such as Facebook and YouTube are exploding in our personal lives. Similarly, social computing approaches are making significant progress expanding and evolving to become highly valuable business continuity tools – supporting social business collaboration that moves our programs forward. How can business continuity planners apply this new dimension of communication and collaboration to advance the quality and effectiveness of their programs? By using social computing concepts, planners can exchange thoughts and ideas in a way that is integrated with other business processes. By using social media-based interactions, business continuity planners can share knowledge, collaborate and enhance the validity and timeliness of their business continuity programs during planning, training and exercises. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how today's social media can take your program to the next level.

Our presenters: Wilma Flanagan and James M Myers - Nuage Inc Bios

Association of Contingency Planners - December 11th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Chapter Event: The Ever Changing World of IT – Big DATA & The Evolution of Enterprise Storage

A Brief look at the History of Data Storage: Disk Devices, Removable Media, and Disk Storage Arrays. Big Data Defined: What is all the hype about? What is Big Data? Why is Big Data such a Big Deal? Protecting Company Data: Keeping Applications and Systems online, Backup, Data Replication, Disaster Recovery, Security

Our presenter: Jim Russ

Association of Contingency Planners - November 13th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 Chapter Event: Ventura County's Public - Private Intiative To Benefit Businesses

For the past two years Ventura County’s Business Preparedness Committee has been developing an initiative to reach out to all businesses to prepare them for disasters. Judy Bell, along with two other long-time LA ACP members, Perry Jones and Chris Wright, are members of this progressive committee that is dedicated to creating the right tools to get businesses prepared. Come hear about the unique program that has been developed. If you have friends or relatives who own a small business, no matter where they are in the United States, they will be able to benefit from these simple yet complete tools that have been created.

Our presenter: Judy Bell

Association of Contingency Planners - October 9th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 Chapter Event: The Role of ACP in Your Personal Life

This month we'll hear from Mike Gifford, chairman and CEO of the Association of Contingency Planners. Mike will describe ACP's strategic direction and outline some of the ways that ACP is striving to bring even more value to the business continuity profession. You'll learn how ACP has progressed since it launched a strategic initiative in 2011. Mike will also want to hear from members and guests about how ACP can continue to play an important role in the business continuity community. He'll specifically talk about upcoming webinars, leadership training and new membership types.

If you want to hear the latest from business continuity's foremost professional organization, don't miss this meeting!

Our presenter: ACP LA BIO Mike Gifford

Activating your EOC: Who is Joining You? - September 25th

A Workshop and Exercise from a Private Sector Perspective presented by BICEPP - Business and Industry Council for Emergency Planning & Preparednes.

For additional information and RSVP: EOC Workshop by BICEPP

Earthquake Country Alliance - August 17th

The Southern California Region Associate's Quarterly Meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 17th, 2012. Click here to RSVP.

Highlights of the meeting will be an overview on how to prepare and map your neighborhood – neighbor helping neighbor and tips on how to be a good speaker.Come and share what you and your organization are doing to promote and improve preparedness, mitigation and resiliency and learn from others.

To view the event agenda: SoCal Earthquake Alliance Agenda

Association of Contingency Planners - August 14th Los Angeles Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 Chapter Event: Earthquakes, Hurricanes and other Disasters: A View from Space

In many instances, disasters act as catalysts in the adoption of new and emerging technologies. Spawned by the need to rapidly collect vital information for disaster management, technology innovations have often helped emergency responders to assess the impact of large disasters more efficiently and rapidly, and to track and monitor progress in critical response and recovery operations. Some examples of where technology implementation has been driven by the occurrence of a major disaster include Hurricane Andrew in 1992, where the lack of rapid damage or situation assessment tools hindered the deployment of federal resources and thus identified the need for near real-time loss estimation methodologies; the 1994 Northridge Earthquake where GIS took center stage during the initial response and recovery periods by providing important visual and spatial information on critical operations; the World Trade Center attacks which demonstrated the potential use of remote sensing technologies for damage assessment and recovery; and Hurricane Charley in 2004 where the deployment of GPS-based, field survey technologies helped to freeze in time the damage and destruction of this disaster so that researchers could study the effects of significant wind hazards in a more comprehensive and complete manner. All of these events underscore the opportunities that emerge when time-critical information can be delivered more efficiently to users making critical decisions during the disaster.

One technology which has had an enormous impact on disaster management has been remote sensing. In the past decade, this technology has been used extensively to explain the extent of impacts caused by earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, wildfires and terrorist attacks. Through high-resolution optical imagery and active sensors (e.g., synthetic aperture radar, or more commonly known as SAR, and light detection and ranging or LIDAR), remote sensing technologies have demonstrated significant efficacies in quantifying post-disaster damage, monitoring recovery and reconstruction progress after significant disasters, and more recently, in developing information on our urban infrastructure. One main reason for this rapid progress has been the introduction of high-resolution, commercially-available satellite imagery. Where these technologies used to be available to mainly government agencies (mostly military), they have now become readily accessible to the public. The impact of this development has been most noticeable – in my opinion - in the disaster management area.

This presentation will focus on the integration of remote sensing technologies in all aspects of disaster management, i.e., disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. In order to demonstrate their efficacy in these four areas, cases histories and examples from recent disasters, including the Bam, Iran earthquake, the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, and the Tohoku, Japan earthquake and tsunami will be presented.

Our presenter: Mr. Ron Eguchi

National Community / Neighborhood Exercise Series

The series of Formidable Footprint exercises for neighborhood, community and faith based organizations continues. June 30 – Tornado / July 28 – Pandemic / August 25 – Hurricane

The Formidable Footprint exercise series has been developed in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) protocols. The objective of the exercise series is for CERTs, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Neighborhood Associations, Community / Faith Based Organizations, Citizen Corps, Fire Corps and others to work as a team to become better prepared for the next disaster their community may face. There is NO CHARGE for participation in any of the Formidable Footprint exercises.

For more information visit: http://www.drc-group.com/project/footprint.html

2012 Regional Public/Private Sector Leadership Conference - Los Angeles - August 15

A government-centric approach to emergency management is not enough to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. Instead, in order to insure the greatest level of preparedness, response and resilience in the face of disaster, a "Whole Community" approach is required which includes and engages non-profit organizations, the faith-based community and the private sector. As a follow-up to last year's Regional Public / Private Sector Leadership Conference, FEMA Region IX is determined to take these partnerships to the next level to support a "Whole Community" approach. Again, we have partnered with numerous state and local agencies, faith-based, non-profit and private sector stakeholders to present the second annual Regional Public/Private Sector Leadership Conference focused on "Where Are We Now?" in Southern California this year.

Please bring photo identification and your EventBright ticket - that you will be sent after registration - to check-in at the event entrance. Allow plenty of time to obtain your name badge and find your seat no later than 8:30 AM. The conference site is accessible by public transportation via LA Metro Station and public parking is available at the facility.

The goal of our conference is to provide a forum that will encourage local collaboration and sharing of ideas. We will showcase best practices of collaboration in the morning and present a series of 30-minute "how-to" instructional workshops in the afternoon. This fast paced one-day event will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the California Endowment Center, 1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012. Required for Admission - Seating and lunch is limited to the first 150 attendees, so register now at: http://2012femapublcprivateconference.eventbrite.com

For additional information: Public Private Invitation - Los Angeles on 8/15

Information about Japan Tsunami Marine Debris

Adapted from the American Geophysical Union: In Japan, around 5 million tons of debris were pulled into the Pacific Ocean following the March 11, 2011 tsunami. The Japanese government estimates that 1.5 million tons may still be floating on or below the ocean surface. However, it is not known how much debris may reach U.S. shores, an official from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) testified at a May 17 Senate hearing. “If you've got 1.5 [million tons] that's floating and you leave it in there for a year, how much of that is still going be floating and available to come ashore? We don't have a clue,” David Kennedy, NOAA assistant administrator for ocean services and coastal zone management, testified before a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He said that some materials pushed by the wind could be expected to float but that materials pushed by currents under the surface are difficult to find. “A whole bunch of the 1.5 million is construction debris, and do [wooden] two-by-fours still float after a year? We're not sure.” What should you do if you see tsunami debris at the beach? This flyer from NOAA provides general guidelines along with specific information by debris type.

Japan Tsunami Marine Debris - NOAA Information

The UK's Daily Mail also has an interactive website that shows satellite images of the debris as well as projections as to the debris' projected path. Click here.

Association of Contingency Planners - Tuesday, February 14th Los Angeles Chapter

Chapter Event Topic: Cybersecurity - How to Protect Yourself and Your Organization

Gary Bell, Senior Manager of Cybersecurity at Southern California Edison, will provide an overview of the cybersecurity threat landscape and will describe the steps that companies and individuals can take to mitigate the impact of cybersecurity attacks. In today’s interconnected world, every company and individual is vulnerable to these threats, so it’s important to know what you can do to protect yourself and your organization.

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