eGUIDE brought to you every Wednesday by the Disaster Resource Guide - June 25, 2008

An Interview with John DiMaria, BSI Management Systems, on BCMS. John discusses why a BCMS is critical, and presents the case for the BS 25999 standard for assessing a business continuity program. You can read about justifying the cost and how to audit your program. Click HERE>>

How do you know your business continuity program is adequate?  How do you know—for sure— that one of your critical suppliers’ BCP is solid? Standards and maturity models can tell us.  But which one? Who’s to say? Is the cost to certify worth it? We want to hear from you! Click HERE>>
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FEMA under Fire Again for Shaky Aid Distribution
A new report slams FEMA over its ability to distribute relief supplies. As the Midwest continues to cope with crippling floods, does it mean FEMA isn’t in a position to help? Click HERE>>

Too Much Emphasis on Tech Makes Security Fail, Survey Finds
Security pros are focusing too much on technology and not enough on procedures, and that’s causing security projects to fail, a new survey has found. Click HERE>>

World Better Equipped to Fight Flu Pandemic, UN Says
A top UN official says the world’s preparations for a flu pandemic have greatly improved – but that doesn’t eliminate the risk of a pandemic. Click HERE>>

US Government Needs to Better Protect Personal Data, Senator Says
Privacy laws haven’t been updated since 1974 – which means they don’t take today’s technologies into consideration. That’s why one US Senator is pushing for big changes. Click HERE>>

Disasters Can be “Business as Usual” with Enough Planning, Expert Says
We shouldn’t even bother using the term “disaster recovery,” says one industry expert. Instead, we should set up a system of “business as usual.” Click HERE>>

DHS Falls Short on IT Recommendations, Report Says
The Inspector General gave the DHS a list of 1,070 recommendations to improve its information technology. How many are completed? About 27, says a new report. Click HERE>>

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DSPN Workshops
Learn best practices for designing and implementing a properly sequenced BC Plan. Study proven steps for constructing exercises efficiently, using industry best practices. Group discounts available. Click HERE>>

AOK Rescue Chair
The safest and easiest way to transport a person down or up a flight of stairs in a high-rise building! The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled employees.
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Nat'l Homeland Security Summit. Sept. 8-10. Washington, DC. Improve agency preparedness / response; assess risk of homegrown radicalization; learn the latest on funding and resources; determine the future of counterterrorism technology. Click HERE>>

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APUS Expands Associate Degree Programs   
Charles Town, WV – June 3, 2008 – American Public University System has received approval to enhance its associate degree programs. With the addition of the new associate degrees, APUS now offers 73 degree programs in fields ranging from homeland security, military studies, intelligence, and criminal justice to technology, business administration, public health, and liberal arts.
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Emergency Preparedness for Facilities
San Antonio, TX – July 30–31 – Emergency Preparedness for Facilities Training Workshop provides strategic knowledge and tactical resources to prepare for, and recover from, any emergency or disaster. It will help you create, or improve, your organization-wide emergency management plan to ensure procedures are in place and equipment and personnel needs are addressed so you can respond to an emergency situation quickly and instinctively. Click HERE>>

PERI Symposium to Focus on Improving Firefighter Safety
Fairfax, VA – The Public Entity Risk Institute, a nonprofit research institute focused on risk management training and education, will present a two-week online Symposium addressing the high rate of firefighter deaths and injuries. The free Symposium on Reducing Firefighter Deaths & Injuries: Changes in Concept, Policy, and Practice will be held September 22-October 3, 2008 in the PERI Symposium Center. Click HERE>>

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