eGUIDE brought to you every Wednesday by the Disaster Resource Guide - March 19, 2007

New Report: Managing Through a Disaster to Recovery; provides information on the latest innovations in Emergency Notification technology and guidance on how to transform your DR plan from a set of documents and processes to an automated and effective solution. Click HERE>>

New Open Source Software Could Greatly Improve Disaster Relief It can help save lives, protect property, coordinate response, reduce losses and in rapid recovery efforts, according to groups responding to the Cyclone Sidr disaster. Michael Donahe writes. Click HERE>>

Where Should Business Continuity Reside in a Company?
The debate grows. Will you email us your perspective? 1. Where should BC reside - under the CEO, IT, Risk, Finance, Legal, Corporate Services, other? 2. Why there? 3. What is your job function? Click HERE>>

Congress Urges DHS to See if Grants are Improving Security
The DHS has poured billions into homeland security grants across the country since 2002. But have those funds really improved security? That's what Congress wants to know. Click HERE>>

Survey Shows Security Convergence Popular but Elusive
Why haven't more companies integrated physical and IT security? A new study says it's because there are still significant barriers to convergence. Click HERE>>

Louisiana Disburses $3.1 Billion in FEMA Project Funds
FEMA has designated more than $6 billion for public assistance projects in hurricane-affected areas of Louisiana. How has the state government parceled out those funds? Click HERE>>

Cyber Storm II Highlights Need for Better Training
Last week, the DHS ran another simulation of a large-scale, coordinated cyberattack on the nation's critical infrastructure, dubbed Cyber Storm II. How well did the nation fare? Click HERE>>

Consulting Firm Revises Business Continuity Plan after Disaster
Most companies hope they never have to put their BC plans into practice. But what happens when you do – and the plan fails? For one company, it meant revising the plan. Click HERE>>

High-Tech IDs Necessary for Port Security
By this fall, workers at every US port will require special security clearance cards - designed to be almost impossible to counterfeit. Click HERE>>

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Disaster Recovery Testing The ONLY book on this vital subject, addressing all types of contingency plans! Transform recovery testing from an afterthought to a powerful, disciplined and efficient development and implementation tool. Click HERE>>

AOK Rescue Chair
The safest and easiest way to transport a person down or up a flight of stairs in a high-rise building! The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. Click HERE>>

DRJ Spring World 2008 "Global Solutions for BC Planning" Incredible session line-ups, the largest crowds to network with, packed exhibit halls and more! Explore a bit more on why DRJ is the best choice in DR/BC conferences. Click HERE>>

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Disaster Recovery Planning Communications & Critical Infrastructure Seminar
May 1-2 — Maui, HI — This two-day course by noted author Leo A. Wrobel and the Pacific Disaster Center lays bare the vulnerabilities in today's critical infrastructure to natural disasters, terrorism, and acts of God. It describes what you should be doing before the unthinkable happens. Learn how to maintain command, control and communications in any disaster, and how to actually predict the probability of disaster from two world-renowned experts.  Click HERE>>

DFAS and Mark Haimowitz Presented with Strohl Systems BCP Awards
Orlando, FL — The third annual Strohl Systems User Group Awards were presented recently in the categories of Most Effective BCP Organization and BCP Achievement during the Strohl Systems International User Group Conference. The company and individual were cited for outstanding performances and contributions to business continuity planning (BCP). Each award recipient was presented with their awards in front of the nearly 600 attendees. Click HERE>>

Memorial Resource to Help Guide Communities in Long-term Recovery After Disasters
Oklahoma City — Those who have lived through one know that the biggest challenge in rebuilding a community when disaster strikes comes well after the first responders leave. "A Network of Hope — A Resource To Help" was created by the Oklahoma City National Memorial to assist community leaders in finding resources for the multitude of issues that need to be addressed to pick up the pieces and move forward. Click HERE>>

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