The SafeAmerica Foundation is partnering with ACP to help build national awareness of the need for individual and business emergency preparedness plans, and the importance of practicing, or drilling, them. The voluntary efforts of ACP Chapter members play a key role in this effort.
This year we are focused on getting Americans to create and drill emergency plans at home or work. A key element of this campaign is our call-to-action, Pledge to Drill; and we are encouraging individuals, families, friends and employers to fill out SafeAmerica's pledge form and conduct an emergency preparedness drill.
National Drill Season runs from September 11 to November 11. While drills are encouraged at any time, October 16 has been designated National Drill Day to provide a nationwide engagement in preparedness drills. Our goal is to create a critical mass of people drilling, whereby being prepared for a natural or man-made disaster is the rule, not the exception. Companies, individuals and organizations can compete to be recognized as one of America's 'top drillers'.
We encourage you to engage as many of your members as possible to "Pledge to Drill" either individually, or with their businesses. The business continuity, disaster recovery, risk management and emergency management expertise of ACP professionals can add immeasurable value to the preparation of plans and execution of the drills, and the participation of ACP members serves as a model for organizations across the country.
We invite you to visit SafeAmerica.org to learn the full scope of the BE SafeAmerica campaign
We all know the perils of natural and man-made calamities. Our best defenses begin with engaging and preparing the public. Your involvement and contributions are very much appreciated.
Time to Select Your 2014 Chapter MVP!
It's that time of year again...Chapter MVP nomination are being solicited. We encourage all Chapters to nominate a member MVP and recognize their outstanding service to the Chapter and the industry.
Click here to download this year's nomination form. Summarize in your own words the specific achievement or contribution which inspired the nomination. This information will also be featured in the ACP News & Views and on the ACP website. Please limit your submission to 100 words.This information is required for the award to be presented.
Dear ACP Member,
It is our pleasure to inform you of ACP's work with the SafeAmerica Foundation and the BE Safe America campaign.
The BE Safe America campaign was developed by the SafeAmerica Foundation in 2009 as a means of growing Americans' awareness that in an emergency situation, they may need to rely on their own personal preparedness plans to survive. The program focuses on encouraging families, businesses, communities and neighborhoods to rehearse how they would respond during and after a disaster. The five-year goal established by SafeAmerica for its BE Safe America campaign is to involve over 5 million people and make America more 'resilient.'
SafeAmerica has identified September 11 through November 11 as "national drill season." The Foundation is asking our ACP Chapters and members to pledge (on a voluntary basis) to conduct a drill program within this time period in an effort to educate and engage communities, businesses and individuals throughout the United States. SafeAmerica will provide tool kits with ideas, talking points and a framework for local programs of this nature. In addition, they are developing a recognition program for those Chapters and people in the field who are most successful with engaging as wide an audience as possible. Watch for details on the recognition program next month. There are a number of key dates throughout the fall. These include:
August 28th: BE Safe America preview kick-off at National Grid headquarters in Brooklyn, NY. The event is hosted by Eugene Buerkle, ACP NYC Metro Chapter member. (NYC and surrounding Chapters are welcome and encouraged to attend. 9:30am-11:30am, National Grid, Brooklyn, NY).
September 1st: National Preparedness Month begins
September 3rd: Presidents' Council meeting, with update from SafeAmerica leaders
Early September: Tool kits to Chapters and members from SafeAmerica
September 11-November 11th: National Drill Season
September 11th: BE SafeAmerica program kick-off at Sprint Executive Building in Atlanta (Atlanta and all surrounding Chapters are welcome and encouraged to attend. Watch your email for registration information.)
September 11th: BE SafeAmerica Webinar open to all Chapter leaders and all members. The webinar will be broadcast from Sprint's Executive Building in Atlanta.
October 16th: National Drill Day
November 8th: Program celebration and dedication to veterans at the new Delta Flight Museum, Atlanta. (Again, Atlanta and all surrounding Chapters are welcome to attend. Watch for registration details in upcoming email communication.) At this event, SafeAmerica will announce the "Top 10" honoree ACP members or Chapters who have actively engaged in drill season.
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta serves as the program's Honorary National Chairman. Other leaders include: Hugh Welsh, Chairman of the BE Safe America Drill Season; Dr. Thomas Cellucci, Chairman of the BE Safe America Fund; and Steve Mason, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Further information on how interested organizations and individuals throughout the country can participate the campaign will be available on August 28 on this website and SafeAmerica's website.
We hope you will actively participate in BE Safe America, and help to educate and prepare our Country to respond effectively in times of disaster and need. Please watch for regular email updates, as well as information in ACP's weekly email, News & Views.
Mike Gifford, MBCI, CBCP
President and CEO
ASIS International Crisis Management and Business Continuity Council Survey
The ASIS International Crisis Management and Business Continuity Council is conducting a survey seeking opinions on the use of social media during emergencies. ACP's participation is requested and extremely important. The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete. The data shall be used in a whitepaper produced by the Council.
Please answer the questions candidly; any personal identifying information you may provide will be kept confidential. Final responses shall only be presented in aggregate form.
Here is the URL for the survey: https://www.
Thank you for your valuable assistance and participation.
Crisis Management and Business Continuity Council
Call For National Board of Directors Nominations
Fellow ACP Members,
I am serving as the chair of the ACP National Nomination Committee along with Cheyenne Marling, Ed Goldberg, and Mike Thomson for our annual elections this fall. At this time, the Nominating Committee is soliciting nominations for our National Board of Directors
To qualify for the ACP National Board of Directors, a candidate must possess the following qualifications:
• Membership in good standing
• Prior services as an ACP National Board Member, one year of service as a Chapter Executive Member Committee Member, or two years service as a Chapter Board Member
• Certification or accredited terminal academic degree in business continuity, disaster recovery, and/or emergency management
Please note that the same company may not employ more than one of the persons serving on the Board of Directors.
Please also note that not more than two persons from the same Chapter serving on their Chapter's Board of Directors may serve on the National Board of Directors.
If you wish to nominate someone (and/or yourself), please do so by completing the Nomination form on or before August 29, 2014.
Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners
ACP National Board Member, Information Chair
ACP Shares 2014 Strategic Map
The Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) is an organization dedicated to serving business continuity and resiliency and disaster preparedness and recovery professionals. Below is our Strategic Map, outlining our 2014 goals and objectives.
ACP Leaders Complete Successful NLC!
Earlier this month, ACP Chapter leaders from across the country gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore for their 2014 National Leadership Conference (NLC). More than 50 leaders from 25 Chapters came together to network with fellow leaders, engage in Chapter position round tables, learn more about the organization's 2014 national strategic objectives and share best practices for managing a successful Chapter.
Participants learned valuable leadership advice for planning their Chapter's best year ever from distinguished association management professional, Mark Levin, CAE, CSP. The NLC also featured a presentation from David Espie, a former FBI and NSA Special Agent as well as current Director of Security for the Port of Baltimore. Many thanks to Russell Wooldridge of DRI International for the organization's continued support of ACP.
ACP extends a great thanks to their Central Maryland Chapter and Mary Lasky for hosting this event as well as to all those who participated and made the NLC an overwhelming success!
Log in to the Members Only section to view the video and see what your leaders were up to in Baltimore.
Congratulations to ACP 2013 Chapter Growth Award Recipients
ACP is pleased to announce the 2013 ACP Membership Growth Award recipients! We broke Chapters up into 3 groups, based on size and determine greatest percentage of growth in 2013. Check out who the winners are:
Small Chapter (Under 30 Members)
Mid-Florida - Small Chapter Winner
Medium Chapter (31 to 74 Members)
Garden State - Medium Chapter Winner
Michigan - Medium Chapter Finalist
Large Chapter (75 or More Members)
Central Arizona - Large Chapter Winner
North Texas - Large Chapter Finalist
Again, we congratulate these Chapters who demonstrated exceptional ability in growing their Chapter membership in 2013!