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.
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required, seating is limited.
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 4, 2020, Noon - 1:30 PM
Address: 6300 Legacy Dr. Plano, TX 75024
Topic: BCM @ Ericsson & 5G Experience (demonstration)
Presenter: Selma Coutinho, Director Security Operations & BCM Americas
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.
Howdy to all the ACP North Texas Chapter Members.
My name is Luis Tapia, and I am your new ACP North Texas President.
Just a little bit about me… As a kid, I loved watching Godzilla movies. It wasn’t necessarily the oversized green sea monster that captured my attention, but concern for the cities left behind in its wake. From a young age, my glass half empty attitude made me the neighborhood Chicken Little.
Over the past fifteen years I have been blessed with a career in emergency management and business continuity. Fortunately, the sky is not falling, but we do our best to prepare and prevent it from happening. I enjoy working with everyone from executives to the boots on the ground to build up a culture of resilience. The work that especially resonates at a personal level is my nine years as an adjunct professor preparing the next generation of emergency management and business continuity professionals.
My proudest moment in the field came in 2008 as an emergency manager. Hurricanes Gustav and Ike both struck the Gulf Coast within a short window, prompting evacuations in both Texas and Louisiana. Once we received word that waves of evacuees were headed further inland, my organization wanted to contribute and operate hurricane evacuation shelters. We became a temporary home to 278 evacuees and provided as much support as needed by partnering with disaster relief agencies and local government. I especially appreciated the role of the disaster relief volunteer. Without these driven individuals, our efforts would have fallen short.
Much like many of you, I frequently look to past disasters for opportunities to learn. Last week I read a story on the anniversary of a disaster in Boston. How might you prepare for a molasses flood? This month 101 years ago a molasses tank with 2,300,000 gallons of molasses burst, and a wave a molasses filled the streets of a Boston neighborhood at an estimated 30+ mph, killing 21 and injuring 150 people. Several blocks were flooded waist deep in thick cool molasses, which picked up and carried debris, animals, and people. A lesson learned from this disaster was to not neglect the most basic of tests. Filling the tank up with water to identify leaks prior to use would have highlighted significant flaws. As a Business Continuity Management professional, have you ever been challenged to delay testing and exercises so to not slow down production?
The North Texas ACP Board is hard at work putting together some great programing for members. We have several fresh ideas aimed to further drive value for your time and membership. If you have some thoughts to share, please reach out to me to discuss. We are here for you and want to deliver the best membership experience we can.
Lastly, we hope you can join your ACP colleagues in San Antonio for ACP’s 2020 Summit immediately following Continuity Insights’ Annual Conference on April 22nd-23rd. Note that it is not required to attend Continuity Insights in order to attend the Summit. I hope to see you there!
Luis Tapia, CBCP, CEM
North Texas Chapter President
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