ACP is a non-profit trade association dedicated to fostering continued professional growth and development in effective Contingency and Business Resumption Planning. ACP is the recognized premier international networking and information exchange organization in the business continuity industry.
We welcome all individuals, regardless of experience or certification, with an interest in the Profession.
The Association of Contingency Planners is the nation's leading non-profit association, comprising professionals who are responsible for or have an interest in preventing disasters, planning to sustain business operations after a disaster and facilitating the resumption of normal business activities following a major disaster.
Members of ACP nationwide represent business, industry and government organizations at all levels. Included are executives, administrators, managers, directors, writers, legal staffs, accountants, engineers, sales-persons, records managers, archivists and many more professionals.
Our Mission: To promote a vibrant, professional, educational association to continually increase the state of contingency planning and disaster mitigation throughout the public and private sectors.
Our Vision: To be recognized throughout the industry as THE premier organization for contingency planners and business resumption professionals.
Our Goals are:
- To promote greater awareness and understanding of contingency planning
- To provide opportunities for member growth through training, information exchange, certification programs, career opportunities awareness and conferences,
- To contribute to the advancement of state-of-the-art in contingency and business recovery planning,
- To promote increased cooperation and participation in contingency planning between the public and private sectors,
- To serve as a unifying force in defining and leading this rapidly evolving field, and
- To render consistent, courteous, personal and responsive service to its members
Click here for the International Association of Contingency Planners website to learn more about our organization!
Code of Ethics
The following Code of Ethics adopted by the Association of Contingency Planners shall govern the conduct of all members, member representatives, and invited guests. It is understood that anything of a sensitive and/or propriety nature mentioned in ACP meetings, at ACP activities or written in ACP minutes or materials shall remain confidential and be handled as such.
All members and guest attendees, in conjunction or connection with any or all ACP activities shall:
- Conduct themselves and their activities in a professional business manner.
- Abide by the Corporate and Chapter charters, bylaws and policies of the ACP.
- Properly register at all ACP meetings and activities.
- Not engage in sales activities or solicitations.
- Not conduct any other activity contrary to the purposes and objectives of the ACP.
- Not distribute any materials or post displays of any kind at ACP activities without the prior approval of the Corporate Board of Directors and/or the Chapter Executive Committee.
- Not engage in any form of personnel recruitment.
- Not use the ACP name other than in the conduct of ACP business, as determined by the bylaws and/or the Board of Directors.
- Be prohibited from the use of the ACP general membership list, mailing list or any subsets thereof, except for ACP business. Membership lists are not to be furnished to non-members without the written permission of the ACP Board of Directors.
- Members who fail to observe this policy will be subject to loss of membership.
- Restrict the use of ACP proprietary documents to the use(s) defined by the policies and procedures of the ACP and/or the Board of Directors.
- Not publicly disclose verbal or written information pertaining to ACP business without prior written approval of the Board of Directors.
A big thank you from the Disaster Recovery International (DRI) Foundation
The Disaster Recovery International (DRI) Foundation would like to thank the members of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) - Washington [State Chapter] for your generous contribution toward relief efforts for the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda. Here is an update as to how we used your donation:
During the weeks after Haiyan struck, the DRI Foundation reached out to our contacts in the Philippines to determine the most effective use of funds. The message was clear—there was an urgent need to start the rebuilding process; therefore, we contacted Habitat for Humanity Philippines to expand our successful partnership in the U.S. We allocated funds to sponsor a Habitat Core House. The house features a lightweight steel frame for earthquake resilience as well as a hip roof with a higher pitch and shorter overhang for typhoon resistance. These new safety features will enable a family to start anew.
This was the first time that the DRI Foundation solicited donations for a specific cause. Although we were unsure what to expect, the response from our community was overwhelming. We are not surprised at the altruism that our fellow business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency management colleagues showed in the face of this devastating event. We are proud to be a part of this noble community. Together we have a greater impact than we could individually. Furthermore, this effort reaffirmed the importance of the DRI Foundation mission—the rebuilding process for impacted communities is a critical need we should be prepared to support.
As an added benefit, you will receive periodic updates as to the progress of the house we are building together. Please be sure to check our website, Facebook page and other social media links below to learn about our volunteer program and other ways you can get involved.
The DRI Foundation is empowered by your support to help survivors recover and rebuild their lives.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I get out of ACP?
Membership in ACP offers several benefits, including:
- Regular chapter meetings with professional presentations by experts on subjects selected by members,
- Personal networking with other local ACP members,
- Knowledge you can use to protect your family in the event of a disaster,
- National networking with ACP subject matter experts in various emergency and contingency planning specialties,
- Continuing Education Units granted through attendance at ACP Chapter meetings, training seminars and conferences,
- ACP resources to help identify and transfer technologies useful in contingency planning,
- Quarterly Association newsletter, The ACP Sentinel,
- Major discounts on annual ACP International Symposiums, and
- Recognition as a member of a professional, international organization.
What are the membership requirements?
Membership in the Association of Contingency Planners is open to anyone interested in contingency planning. Our members are primarily drawn from business and government organizations. Any number of individuals belonging to an organization is eligible for ACP membership. Members are accorded voting privileges in ACP affairs.
To ensure a high degree of professionalism, members are required to sign the ACP Code of Ethics (as detailed on the Membership Application) and agree to be bound by its provisions.
What is ACP attempting to accomplish?
ACP's Vision is to foster continued professional growth and development in effective contingency and business resumption planning.
Does ACP have a profit motive?
No. ACP is staffed by volunteers, and its 501C(6) tax code status designates it as a non-profit organization.
How does ACP relate to other disaster and emergency organizations?
ACP has formal partnerships with other organizations such as: American Red Cross, Association of State Flood Plain Managers, Central US Earthquake Consortium, Department of Justice, Electric Power Research Institute, Institute for Business and Home Safety, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Emergency Managers Association, and National Institute for Urban Research and Rescue.
ACP also works closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Project Impact, the Department of Energy, the US Geological Survey, and the International City and County Managers Association
How large is ACP, and how long has it been around?
ACP currently has 17 chapters and more than 1000 members worldwide. It was formally organized as a non-profit organization in 1984.
How can I join ACP if there's no local chapter in my area?
You may join as an Unaffiliated General Member if you are located 50 or more miles from an ACP chapter. The ACP currently has more than 80 such members.
If enough interest exists in your area, you may want to start a local chapter. To initiate this process, access the ACP International web site and select Chapter Services.
President - Erin Swearingen
Erin Swearingen is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) with 20 years of experience in business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency response program management. Erin has designed and implemented business continuity programs in various industries including insurance, finance and utilities. She was instrumental in implementing the Incident Command System (ICS) within a utility. Erin has also developed and implemented evacuation and life safety programs, promoting employee preparedness and safety education. Erin lives in Spokane, WA with her husband and two children and enjoys skiing, camping, and horseback riding.
Vice President - Open
Secretary - Kimberly Lawrence
Kimberly has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry supporting consumer and commercial operations with seven years spent in resiliency planning. Currently, she is the Resiliency Program Manager at Umpqua Bank, the largest Oregon-based bank. She leads her team in supporting 4,200 associates in emergency preparedness, as well as the bank's executive leadership as they manage both natural and man-made incidents across their 5 state footprint with close to 300 locations. She is responsible for the development and management of business continuity, emergency management, and disaster recovery programs at Umpqua. Kimberly has built several programs 'from scratch,' implemented several resiliency-based systems, and has experience in general risk management.
In addition to the work on the ACP, Kimberly has spoken at IIA chapter meetings and at the DRJ on the topics of risk management, BIAs and risk assessments, and trends in resiliency management.
Treasurer - Sheila Crossley
Sheila Crossley has 17 years’ experience in the insurance industry handling both commercial and personal claims, as well as focusing on business process improvements. In 2013, she left insurance to join the financial services sector and is currently employed at Numerica Credit Union in Spokane. As a Legal and Compliance Specialist, she oversees business continuity planning for Numerica, along with vendor management and insurance-related matters. She has been treasurer for the Washington State chapter of the ACP since 2018.
IT Director - Gary Kasparek
Gary is an Information Technology professional with more than 15 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry. Gary has been a Systems Administrator for various operation and banking software applications. For the past 5 years he has been the Information Technology Business Analyst and the Business Continuity Manager at Northwest Farm Credit Services.
Programs & Membership Director - Alicia Cole
I grew up in Spokane and graduated from Cheney High School. I moved to Florida in 1994 where I worked as a residential Property Manager for 5 years.
In 1999 I moved back to Spokane and worked for Northwest Architectural Company while I obtained my Marketing degree from Eastern Washington University.
From 2005 to present, I have worked for BELFOR Property Restoration as the Director of Marketing and Business Development. I develop and maintain relationships with insurance Agents, Brokers and Property Management companies. In addition, I assist the Project Managers with maintaining their relationships with local Insurance Adjusters. I plan and organize all company functions i.e. our annual golf outing, summer campout / picnic for employees and Christmas diner. I am also heavily involved with several committees within the following associations and assist in the planning of many of their activities as well.
BOMA (Board member 2yrs, Education Chair, and Co-Chair of Special Events)
Spokane Adjusters (Board member 3yrs)
SIA (Board member 2yrs)