ACP National Board Election Results
It is my pleasure to announce the election of four members to our National Board of Directors. Beginning three year terms on January 1, 2015 are:
- Bill Jancouskas, Colorado Rocky Mountain Chapter
- Bernard Jones, Garden State Chapter
- Ellen Ku, Washington DC Chapter
- Barb Shaw, Liberty Valley Chapter
ACP's four new board members were elected from among nine highly qualified candidates in voting by our ACP membership conducted November 10-24.
Bill Jankouskas, MBCP, has been a BC professional for more than 20 years and has written extensively on the subject. He works at CenturyLink establishing BC programs and policies and conducting DR exercises and analysis.
Bernie Jones speaks and presents throughout New Jersey on DR, BC and EM. He is an adjunct professor teaching Intro to Homeland Security and is the owner and principal of B Jones BCP Consulting, targeting BC planning for small businesses
Ellen Ku, CBCP is the Principal Business Continuity Planner at Noblis Inc. She has also been a leader in Business Continuity Planning (BCP) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) line office where she has led all levels of Continuity of Operations (COOP) activities.
Barb Shaw, CBCP, MBCI is a Global Business Continuity Senior Manager for Vanguard where is responsible for enterprise-wide support of the development, implementation, maintenance and exercising of business contingency plans for all Vanguard functional business areas.
The four newly elected board members will succeed the term-expired ACP Chairman Mike Gifford, Secretary Mike Thomson, Director Ed Goldberg and Director Frank Leonetti.
A special thanks to everyone who ran including Charles Jones, Connecticut Chapter, Molly Latham, Los Angeles Chapter, Harley Lemons, Colorado Rocky Mountain Chapter, Ed Schlichtenmyer, South Texas Chapter and Geoff Turner, NY Capital Region Chapter.
My thanks to everyone involved with this process. It was a joy to see the high level of interest and involvement by our greater membership.
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
If you have any questions about conducting a drill, please email or call Mary Lou Pagano at Safeamerica@safeamerica.org (770)973-7233.
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.
ACP Members Receive Exclusive Discount on ABA Cybersecurity Webinar Series
The American Bar Association is sponsoring a series of webinars collectively titled The Cybersecurity Core Curriculum, and ACP members are being offered the same registration rate as ABA members. The Curriculum consists of webinars with the authors of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook. Attendees can take each webinar individually or sign up for one of the webinar bundles that are specifically tailored to the attendee's practice setting. Find out more here.
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.surveymonkey.com/s/BSWGR7N
Thank you for your valuable assistance and participation.
Crisis Management and Business Continuity Council
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.