Welcome to the North Texas Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). ACP is a non-profit professional organization, which provides a forum for the exchange of experiences and information, for business continuity professionals, throughout a network of local chapters.

Founded in March of 1986, the North Texas Chapter is one of the oldest continuously meeting chapters, and among the largest by membership, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at predetermined locations, unless the first Tuesday coincides with a holiday. We invite you to attend our next meeting.

 


 

July Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - Noon

Where:  Quest Diagnostics

Topics:  Department of Homeland Security - Office of Infrastructure Protection - Tools and Resources

Presenter: Jeffery Murray

Spotlight:  TBD

 

Attendees should anticipate a minimum of 1.5 hour meetings, with the expectation that meetings may last for 2 hours. Please join us for our next meeting!

Anyone interested in hosting an event or speaking at an upcoming meeting, please contact our Programs Director.

 


 

Distinguished North Texas ACP Chapter Members,


Hope this column finds you and your continuity programs performing well. Your chapter President took some time off at a Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. What a beautiful island country! There are 700 of them. You might ask how I know that. While my taxi was taking me to the pier to catch the boat to Paradise Island we passed several “700 Spirits and Wines” locations. I finally asked the taxi driver why they called the stores 700 Spirits and Wines. His reply was: “there are 700 islands in the Bahamas.” Wow, 700! Paradise Island, where the Atlantis Resort is located and theYoga Retreat, is very small, about a mile long and ¼ mile wide. There are no roads. A causeway to Paradise Island from Nassau ends at the Atlantis resort. So the wealthy have these golf cart looking things with big tires that swiftly take them to the Atlantis via the beach.


As I returned home, relaxed and rejuvenated, I found a program on our DVR that my husband saved because he knows my passion for continuity. I am not a Mark Levin follower, however, my husband listens to him every day on the radio in his man-shop.


I can’t tell you how many times I visited his man-shop just in time to hear “get off the phone you dumb dope!” I’m told this phrase is a favorite comment by Mr. Levin with callers on his radio show. The Fox News Channel has sponsored a show for Mr. Levin entitled Life, Liberty, and Levin. The April 22nd show, which Mr. Levin called “…a topic of grave importance,” with his guest Dr. Peter Pry, Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. Dr. Pry endeavors to carry on the work of the EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) Commission from the Reagan years. Here is a link to the Fox News Mark Levin archives. It’s a good program and I highly recommend you have a listen. I do have a USB copy of the program, if you cannot find the April 22, 2018 program on the Fox News web site.


I’ve not worried too much about nuclear war due to the fact it would ruin all resources when detonated at ground level, which I’m sure our attackers would want to avoid. After watching this show a nuclear bomb can be detonated in the atmosphere where the results will be a large electromagnetic pulse that will destroy electronics across a huge area. This includes high voltage transformers that will fail and hence no more power for a long, long time. Without power in a widespread area, I predict our society would come to a standstill within about a week. An EMP scenario takes on a new level of threat and highlights the need for personal preparedness due to the likelihood of total social anarchy. Most business continuity plans assume society is intact. Yes, we’ve had widespread power outages from hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires is not at all the same magnitude. At least not to the extent that Dr. Pry eluded to in this program and the report from the EMP Commission.


Now that I’ve added a new threat for you and your programs to consider, be thinking about how well you are personally prepared for social anarchy. Do you have at least seven days’ worth of food and water for your family and pets? How well do you know your neighbors? Your neighborhood? Your city? I’m glad I live in the country. I just hope when it happens I’m not too far away from home! How about you? Have you seen this informative web site?
I welcome your comments on this threat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Until next month, enjoy your air conditioning.


At your service,

 

Wendy Nelson, CBCP, PMP

North Texas Chapter President


 

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