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, unless the first Tuesday coincides with a holiday week.  We invite you to attend our next meeting.


 

September Meeting - ACP-NT Public/Private Summit

*** REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED, WALK-INS ARE NOT ALLOWED *** Government ID will be required to gain access to the campus. 

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 2:00 - 5:15 PM, Networking opportunity 5:15-6:30 PM.

Where:  JPMorgan Chase & Co. (All pre-registered attendees, email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on Monday the 9th, with remote parking details, and parking shuttle pickup information please PRINT that form and bring it with you on the shuttle).  There is NO parking available at the JPMorgan Chase & Co. campus, due to construction.  All pre-registered guests must park in the reserved lot across the street.

Address:  Legacy West, Plano, TX (Near 121 & Dallas North Tollway)

Topics/Agenda Flyer:  North Texas ACP Public/Private Summit

Presenters: Dept. of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, US Secret Service, City of Plano, Frisco, and Parker County offices of Emergency Management (and more)


 

Field Trip to Disaster City and Agility Recovery - 

SAVE THE DATEOctober 16, 2019


All four Texas ACP chapters – North Texas, South Texas, Capital of Texas, and Alamo are sponsoring a combined field trip, all-day October 16, to the premier emergency management training facility in the country known as Disaster City. Located near College Station, Disaster City is a 52-acre training facility used by emergency management teams all across the US. Also located near an Agility Recovery site, formerly Rentsys, will be providing lunch to all registered participants. The North Texas chapter ACP  is sponsoring transportation for our members and we will need your registration to determine the best transportation vehicle. (Sorry helicopter is not available)  Agility Recovery will have a specific registration for the lunch portion of the field trip. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with ACP members across Texas while being amazed with the Disaster City, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Brayton Fire Training Field, and learn what Agility Recovery has to offer. More communications forthcoming.


 

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.

Note: Additional information on regular meeting locations can be found on the Events page.


 

 

Hello Fellow ACP Members.

September has been a tough month for me since 2001 because my youngest son, Eddie, was born on September 11.  The terrorist attacks on his 17th birthday affected him greatly as a junior in high school.  He became extremely patriotic and pleaded me in December to sign my permission for him to join the Texas Army National Guard.  Eighteen months later he was deployed to the “sand box.”

Some of you may understand what it is like to have your son deploy into a war zone.  To make things worse my oldest son, Donald, had been in “sand box” for about 6 months with the Army, mainly Iraq and Afghanistan, as a Blackhawk helicopter crew chief.  His job was to ensure the helicopter can return to base from any flight. When he would call me, I would ask where in the world he was.  All Donald could reply was. “I can’t say.” I understood.  For 2 years both of my sons were in 3rd world countries fighting for freedom.  Our freedom.  I count myself blessed to live in the US of A and that both of my sons have returned safely.

September is the peak month for hurricanes. Which for us in preparedness keeps us vigilant, if not in the fray of the path of a hurricane.  Hurricane Dorian is pummeling the Bahamas with the predictions of the east coast of Florida hit Labor Day night.  At least those on the east coast of Florida have had some time to baton down the hatches.

This is our time fellow preppers to use real life examples as our test case to see just how prepared we are personally and professionally.  Nothing can predict exactly how and when something is going to happen. Preparedness is a mindset and the process should just get more efficient and effective when incorporating learning from prior events.  Use your experience, business acumen, and analytic skills to calmly return to normal.  Hopefully some of this year’s ACP chapter sessions have broadened your knowledge base too.  All the experiential inputs make us better prepared.  Always remember to put your oxygen mask on first or you can’t help others as effectively.

A recent news story I heard was interviewing an environmentalist about the fires in the Brazilian rain forest and the gent referred the rain forest as ‘the lungs of the earth’ and how much this will affect overall world weather.  I may sound like a tree hugger…I wonder how much the fires in the Brazilian rain forest have inflamed the oceans to rebel on mankind.  Similar to humans rebelling on humans with so many shootings. Between human and natural disasters, we have plenty of opportunities to hone our preparedness skills.

I do hope you enjoy the Summit Chet has put together this month.  Take the time to meet with local emergency and government support teams.  Getting to know each other and making that contact will help both our companies and communities.

May your September be safe and trouble free.

  

Wendy Nelson, CBCP, PMP

North Texas Chapter President


 

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