20 June 2005

US National Preparedness Month: September 2005

National Preparedness Month is planned for September 2005 in the US to raise awareness and to "Get Ready". This is the time to focus on an "All Hazards" approach to preparedness and the American Red Cross and Department of Homeland Security will be emphasizing just that.

“We are pleased to have the American Red Cross, which has long been a leader in emergency preparedness and response, co-sponsor National Preparedness Month 2005,” said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. “The commitment of the American Red Cross and the members of National Preparedness Month Coalition are integral as we work to encourage all Americans to prepare for emergencies. As leaders in their communities, these organizations will help spread life saving information and move the entire nation toward a greater state of preparedness.”

National Preparedness Month will provide Americans with a variety of opportunities to learn more about preparing for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist threats. Events, activities, and messages across the nation will encourage individuals to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, be informed about different threats and get involved in preparing their communities.

In support of this important national initiative, local, regional and national events are being planned. 1SecureAudit will be providing free webinar's on how to create your own Corporate Emergency Response Team (CERT):

The 1SecureAudit Corporate Emergency Response Team Web Briefing will provide you with the Critical Success Factors to set up your own Emergency Preparedness Team and to make your business more resilient.

Preparing for unplanned interruptions has always been a good business practice. Availability is the name of the game and 1SecureAudit has been helping companies plan for and recover from interruptions of all kinds. Remember, any facility that acts as the primary location for business operations, whether housing your people, systems or both must be addressed.

Briefing Topics include:

· How to set up your own CERT

· Benefits of CERT Implementation

· Resources available for free

· Critical Lessons Learned

The reasons why an organization may need to evacuate its offices are not always site-specific. Some causes, such as a fire or power outage, may pertain to the systems or facility itself, while others like terrorism are external in nature - and equally unexpected. Regional events such as hurricanes, travel bans, and business interruptions at other local facilities may not physically affect your headquarters, but they do impact the ability of your people to reach it.

What you may be doing already
Having a formal evacuation plan for the facility in place, as well as plans for staff to work from home or other company facilities.

Possible weaknesses in your plan
Untested plans might prove to be ineffective and chaotic. Alternate facilities may not have required equipment and access to systems and data. Notifications of key personnel must be real-time and redundant to insure the correct message gets through every time.

Business Crisis and Continuity Management solutions from 1SecureAudit:

· Help you reduce or avoid revenue losses
· Prepare you for unplanned business crisis and disruptions
· Help you create Corporate Emergency Response Teams for the Enterprise
· Protect your mission-critical data by leveraging an ironclad infrastructure
· Reduce downtime and increase employee safety and productivity
· Enable you to resume business and employee activities more quickly and cost- effectively following a disaster or other unplanned interruption
· Help you reduce the cost of Terrorism Risk Insurance premiums

To register for an upcoming
CERT Webinar click here.

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