Building Resiliency through Engagement in North Texas

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 the largest ACP chapter by membership, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and North Texas region.  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 either in-person or virtually. 

For anyone who would like to join our chapter and/or attend our meetings, please contact our Membership Director at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information.


 

June Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 6, 2023   Noon - 1:30

Location: UT Dallas, School of Management Building Virtual meeting option available

Topic:  Engaging Risk in Your Resiliency Strategy

Presenter:  DrSteven Haynes, Ph.D. Director of Risk and Insurance Programs (UTD)

 

         June Member Events

        Date/Time:  Wednesday, June 7th – All-day Summit

         Location:    Irving Convention Center

         Registration Code:   ACP23 (This will provide FREE registration to the event, a member savings of another $195)

         General Info:   As a chapter member in good standing, you may share this discount code with any of your peers           to save your company additional funds,  and we encourage you to do so

 

          Date/Time:  Friday, June 9th – 8 am – 12:30 pm

          Location:  Dallas College, Mountain View Campus, Performance Hall

          Registration Code:  Free - No code is needed as we are supporting this Summit as part of our Community                      Academia outreach program

          General Info:  Chet Bojarski will be presenting at the Summit on the Protecting Our Houses of Worship series he           is leading.

 


 

Attendees should anticipate a 90-minute monthly meeting, with the understanding that some meetings may last up to 2 hours.  Please join us for our next meeting!

Our meetings (unless indicated) are also available to attend virtually.  Please attend in person if possible.  Virtual meeting information will be provided with each meeting registration.

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

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

 


 

ACP North Texas Members,

Welcome Summer! As we enter the Summer Season, we look forward to get-togethers with family and friends, maybe some travel, some extended weekends, and even some great BBQ’s (and maybe even some cooking competitions).

As most of you know me and how my mind works, that topic made me think past the normal summer fun and into that of Resiliency. You are probably asking, Chet, how does summer make you think of Resiliency? Let me explain.

We each have our plans in place for different incidents or events at work, and hopefully, you have worked with teams to ensure they know what to do “in the event of”. But I question if those plans and training have been updated to include the “new” work model since the pandemic.

Let me use this basic example. Most of us have Life Safety as the initial deliverable in our plans. Many companies have plans in place in their offices with designated volunteer “safety teams” created who have been assigned to sweep the floor or specific office quadrants.  They also may be aware (confidentially) if someone specifically needs additional assistance to evacuate and a safety team member has been assigned to them.

In today's “new” work environment, some employees may or may not be in the office each and every day, as they were pre-pandemic. (In fact, pre-pandemic you probably knew about what time everyone showed up to the office). Additionally, now each of the “safety teams” members may or may not be in the office each and every day. So, in the event of an emergency evacuation, I would question how exactly the safety response team knows which of their assigned members are in the office to cover their pre-assigned responsibilities, and how do safety team “backups” know what staff need additional assistance and if they are actually in the office that day?

We all know that within our disciplines moments truly do count. So, as you get into those BBQs and testing your plans this summer, I would suggest you go even deeper than you did before on succession responsibilities at all levels of plans in today's “new” work life. It is always better to ask now than in the middle of an incident when not everyone who knows the answer is within the team's reach.

                                              Be an active part of Our Drive to 100+

 Regards,

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Chet Bojarski, MBCP

 North Texas Chapter President         


 

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