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What to Do About Disaster Fatigue in Your Volunteer Ranks?

Posted by The Brain on Jul 14, 2020 12:11:05 PM

With the double-whammy of COVID-19 and a hyper-active weather season, volunteer disaster relief agencies already have enough on their plate. But the rapid increase in the number and severity of disasters is causing a worrying new phenomenon in volunteer management.

That trend is disaster fatigue. What is it, and how to plan for it this coming severe weather season?

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Topics: Emergency Management, Emergency Response, Emergency Management Newsletter

Returning to Work in a New Era for Workplace Health and Safety

Posted by The Brain on Jul 7, 2020 2:39:29 PM

PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking) in the Australian state of New South Wales woke up this month to a more aggressive safety compliance regime.

Amendments to pre-existing safety law now put employers who fail to meet health and safety obligations on the hook for stiff new penalties should their negligence lead to a worker dying on the job. Those penalties include up to 25 years in prison for individual actors. Add to that, millions in fines for companies.

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Topics: Work Health Safety, Safety Management, Safety Newsletter

How to Pack a Punch with Your Business Case for Business Continuity Management

Posted by The Brain on Jun 30, 2020 12:40:05 PM

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, business continuity plans (BCPs), processes, and programs have never been in greater demand. But we’ve been here before.

Both the 11 September 2001 terror attacks and late 2000’s financial crisis spurred similar upticks in the popularity of business continuity management systems (BCMS). And yet, by the time COVID-19 came along, an alarming number of companies were unprepared.

Why didn’t business continuity management take off before; and how can you build a sustainable program today?

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Topics: Business Continuity, Crisis Newsletter

Mobile-Optimize Your Security Software for the COVID-19 Era

Posted by The Brain on Jun 23, 2020 3:42:52 PM

Even before the COVID-19 crisis struck, the consensus was that protective security technologies still had a long way to go to ensure maximal security, in a timely manner, for people and physical assets.

The reason? Hardware-intensive physical security management equipment had proven unable to keep up with the physical security threat as it had evolved.

Now, that threat is even more mobile, rendering traditional equipment even less effective. Why?

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Topics: Security Management, Security Newsletter

How to Manage Interoperability in the Age of COVID-19

Posted by The Brain on Jun 19, 2020 8:40:22 AM

Mere days into the hurricane season, the Atlantic basin is already experiencing its third named storm. Meanwhile, China, faced with flooding in its south and east, is upping flood defense emergency response to level III. Western Australia, for its part, is less than a month removed from a “once-in-a-decade storm,” so dubbed by the state’s acting commissioner of Fire and Emergency Services.

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Topics: Emergency Management, Interoperability, Emergency Management Newsletter

Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Strategies When Planning for a Safe Return to Work

Posted by The Brain on Jun 9, 2020 11:41:45 AM

For many organizations whose physical operations were forced to close due to COVID-19-induced lockdowns, reopening day is coming soon. Indeed, employers are busy planning for a safe reopening as the day approaches.

While planning matters, it’s the quality of those plans that will determine whether a safe reopening is possible. And as it turns out, too many organizations follow one-size-fits-all strategies that can actually compromise the safety of returning employees, imperiling business recovery from the crisis. How, exactly?

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Topics: Work Health Safety, Safety Newsletter

How to Develop a Crisis Plan for Back to Work

Posted by The Brain on Jun 2, 2020 4:07:21 PM

The scale of the COVID-19 disruption to what had long been normal working arrangements has been unprecedented. Take remote work: an early April 2020 MIT survey revealed that nearly a third of all workers in the U.S. who had been employed the month before were working from home, up from five percent in 2017.

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Topics: Crisis Management, Crisis Newsletter, Epidemic Response Module

Developing a Best-Practice COVID-19 Business Recovery Plan for Your Clients

Posted by The Brain on May 25, 2020 4:54:13 PM

At the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, more than 70 percent of employers admitted not having a pandemic plan in place. That glaring lack of planning suggests that your clients might not be as prepared as they think to resume normal working operations, now that the conversation has shifted to business recovery.

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Topics: Noggin Partners, Partner Newsletter, Epidemic Response Module

What are the Physical Security Controls in ISO 27001?

Posted by The Brain on May 25, 2020 11:49:16 AM

For many organizations, COVID-19 has meant a halt to on-premise operations and the introduction of broad work-from-home policies.

Sure, that pivot has been key to business survival. But it does carry serious risk, including a greater opportunity for physical security incidents from less oversight. How to mitigate that risk with a remote, fragmented staff? Best-practice security standard, ISO 27001 offers some clues.

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Topics: Security Management, Security Newsletter

How to Plan for Severe Weather Events in the Age of COVID-19

Posted by The Brain on May 18, 2020 2:06:43 PM

In the past, emergency management agencies and other organizations might have become accustomed to bleak forecasts of powerful hurricane seasons – like the one they received this year. They’ve never, however, had to prepare for an “above-normal” storm season while simultaneously fighting a “once-in-a-generation pathogen.” How can they beef up critical infrastructure resilience to respond to multiple events at once?

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Topics: Emergency Management, Emergency Management Newsletter


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