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.
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Noon - 1:30 PM
Where: Sirius Computer Solutions
Address: New Location - 5005 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75244 - Map
Presenter: Alain Espinosa, Infraguard National Board Director & Technology Committee Chair
Lunch Sponsor: Sirius Computer Solutions
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.
ACP North Texas,
Since the start of 2020, public health headlines coming out of China suggested the spread of an influenza virus required global attention. As with previous public health incidents, employers continue to play a key role in limiting the disruptive impact on employees and the larger economy.
With the onset of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), resiliency professionals find themselves both asking and answering questions about what might happen if the processes and technology they safeguard experience disruption from this public health incident.
Pandemic Influenza plans evolved following each significant public health incident, including SARS in 2002, H1N1 in 2009, and Ebola in 2014. As organizations revisit their pandemic influenza plans and continue to closely monitor the spread of the Coronavirus, several questions come to mind:
- How can we protect our workforce?
- How can we protect our worksite?
- What triggers prompt action on the organization’s part?
- What business activities are prioritized?
- Do we have the support/infrastructure needed to work remotely?
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be one the most frequently mentioned agencies involved in this public health issue, keep in mind the importance of strong local relationships. Health departments at the county and state level of government may not have the global view of the CDC but can provide great specificity to what is happening where your organizations are located.
Lastly, has your organization looked into becoming a Closed Point of Dispensing (POD) site for public health preparedness? The opportunity to be a dispensing site for medications or vaccines during a public health incident can be a valuable preparedness measure for organizations looking to further protect their employees and business objectives.
Thank you for all you do to keep your organization resilient!
Luis Tapia, CBCP, CEM
North Texas Chapter President
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