DSPN's Business Continuity Workshop is coming to Irvine,
Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas. Participants learn best practices
for designing a comprehensive, enterprise-wide Business Continuity
Plan. The content is appropriate for any experience level, but
is especially geared for experienced business continuity managers
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thanks to the 170 companies whose support has resulted in 8
annual Disaster Resource GUIDEs and now the weekly Continuity
e-GUIDE. Our group of advertisers reads like a Who's Who. For
a list of companies who can supply all of your emergency management
and business continuity needs in 2004,
From the Publisher
A Year End Reflection…
December 24, 2003
Do you have room for one more?
Most of us have been blessed beyond measure!
We have skills and talents, jobs and opportunities, friends
and family. Most of our needs and many of our wants are
satisfied. And those of us who are professionals in business
continuity or emergency management spend our working hours
helping functional organizations stay functional. Or we
help a thriving enterprise get quickly back in business
after a disaster. We mitigate, prepare and protect as a
way of life.
But for many in our world, continuity and recovery are distant
worries. For them, starting to function is the goal! Countless
individuals and families, far and near, can only live in
survival mode. Their lives are not dysfunctional due to
natural disaster or terrorism—but because of issues
much more complicated. It is so easy for me to spend my
time with the highly functional people and organizations
that I forget those who wake up with very different challenges:
Physical and mental illness
Lack of education or opportunity
Loneliness and despair
Buckminster Fuller invented the remarkable geodesic dome.
It is the lightest, strongest, and most cost-effective structure
ever devised. His life was committed to doing more with
less. He stated, in 1980, “All humanity now has the
option to become enduringly successful.” To be enduringly
successful is the essence of continuity! But he referred
to all of humanity!
We live in a technologically advanced world with a global
economy meeting needs 24/7. Why haven’t we made greater
progress in meeting basic needs for all people? Are solutions
to be found in government programs or grassroots movements?
The resources are there; the problem is distribution. That’s
where we come in. Our industry is filled with compassionate
people who are problem solvers! People who can jump in with
sleeves rolled up and make things work.
What would happen if each of us were to make “room for
one more” in our lives? I don’t mean the giving
of money or donations from our surplus. But rather an ongoing
commitment to a person or a family with a mindset that says,
“I care for you. I will be there for you. You can be
enduringly successful and I want to help!”
Room for one more could mean…
Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister
Taking in a foster child
Visiting an elderly person who has no one
Mentoring an immigrant family
Adopting an older child into your family
The adoptions of our two children have brought us in contact
with families who go beyond the comforts of infant adoption
and offer hope to older children, to little girls abandoned
because they were not male, to kids rescued from abusive homes.
Others invest their time building homes for the homeless,
mentoring the lost, or investing in the lives of inmates,
their families, their children.
Though none of us can single handedly help all people, we
can each make room for one more. And so in this time of reflection
on our many blessings, we offer below a partial list of organizations
making a difference in lives worldwide. They need our help.
Do you have room for one more?
Wishing you a joyous holiday season and blessings in 2004,
Kathy Gannon Rainey
There are many outstanding outreach programs. We spotlight
a few of these organizations. Perhaps learning about them
will lead you to participate in some way.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit
international housing organization. Since 1976, Habitat
has built more than 150,000 houses in more than 89 countries,
including some 50,000 houses across the United States.
Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Dave Thomas Foundation for
Adoption is a non-profit public charity dedicated to increasing
the adoptions of the more than 150,000 children in North
America’s foster care system. Dave Thomas, founder
of Wendy’s International, created the Foundation in
1992 in support of the vision that every child deserves
a permanent home and a loving family. The Dave Thomas Foundation
for Adoption focuses on increasing adoption awareness while
supporting model adoption service programs.
ApproTEC’s mission is to
promote sustainable economic growth and create employments
in Kenya and other countries by developing and promoting
technologies that can be used to establish and run profitable,
small scale enterprises. ApproTEC believes that self-motivated
private entrepreneurs managing small-scale enterprises are
the most effective agents for developing emergent economies.
Founded in 1950, World Vision
is a relief and development organization, serving the world's
poorest children and families in nearly 100 countries.
ActionAid is a unique partnership
of people who are fighting for a better world - a world
without poverty. As one of the UK’s largest development
agencies, they work in more than 40 countries within Africa,
Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. They listen to, learn
from and work in partnership with over nine million of the
world’s poorest people.
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The Federation's mission is to
improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the
power of humanity. Vulnerable people are those who are at
greatest risk from situations that threaten their survival,
or their capacity to live with an acceptable level of social
and economic security and human dignity. Often, these are
victims of natural disasters, poverty brought about by socio-economic
crises, refugees, and victims of health emergencies.
Brothers Big Sisters
www.bbbsi.org and www.bbbsa.org
All over the world there are
vulnerable children who may not be able to reach their full
potential in growing up - refugees throughout Europe, street
children in South America, young victims of HIV/AIDS in
Africa, social orphans in Russia, children growing up in
poverty around the world - children and youth who lack opportunities
to go beyond their daily struggle for survival to experience
positive youth development. A volunteer Big Brother or Big
Sister helps a young person have a better sense of self
and a positive view of the future. A mentoring relationship
empowers both young people and adults to be active in their
community - creating possibilities for both the Littles
and the Bigs.
For more than a decade, MENTOR/National
Mentoring Partnership has been leading the effort to connect
America's young people with caring adult mentors. Today,
approximately 35.2 million children, ages 10 to 18, live
in the United States. Of that number, about half - or 17.6
million - could benefit greatly from a high-quality formal
mentoring relationship with a caring adult. Many face especially
difficult circumstances: 1 out of 4 lives with only one
parent; 1 out of 10 is born to teen parents; 1 out of 5
lives in poverty; and 1 out of 10 will not finish high school.
Currently, it is believed that, of the 17.6
million young people who need mentors, approximately 2.5
million are in formal, high-quality mentoring relationships.
That means more than 15 million young people still need
mentors. That unmet need constitutes what we call the "mentoring
gap." MENTOR works to close this gap.
– The Angel Tree® Program is a special outreach
to the children of prisoners at Christmas. In addition to
the Christmas project, Angel Tree is in the process of providing
camps, retreats, and a variety of year-round events and
support services designed to keep the children of prisoners
from becoming involved in a life of crime
Share Our Strength, one of the
nation's leading anti-hunger, anti-poverty organizations,
began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in
1984. In the beginning, they organized a handful of chefs
to cook for fundraisers. Today they mobilize thousands of
individuals in the culinary industry to organize events,
host dinners, teach cooking and nutrition classes to low-income
families and serve as anti-hunger advocates.
They have a simple but powerful philosophy:
It takes more than food to fight hunger. Share Our Strength
believes it takes both short- and long-term solutions, such
as food assistance, job training, economic development programs
and advocacy, to have a lasting impact. They also believe
it takes each one of us, sharing our strength, to make a
a Weekly Publication of Disaster
The weekly Continuity e-GUIDE will provide a concise
seven-day snapshot of the business continuity and emergency
management industry from around the world right down to
the local level.
Based on the philosophy of “working together”,
the e-GUIDE will integrate, consolidate, and communicate
resources from organizations that are leaders in business
continuity, risk management, crisis management, emergency
response, and disaster recovery.
Watch your Inbox each Wednesday for the latest edition of
the Continuity e-GUIDE. Do you have an interesting story,
case study or some breaking news? Contact the Editor, Nathan
Mallett at email@example.com
Interested in sponsoring a weekly update or spotlighting
your product or service? Contact Tommy Rainey at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2004 DISASTER RESOURCE GUIDE (9th annual Edition)
will be published during the 1st quarter of 2004. Visit
the online GUIDE to sign up for a free copy. You can sign
up today. Click