eGUIDE brought to you every Wednesday by the Disaster Resource Guide - September 17, 2008

DISASTER DRILL WEBINAR Your emergency response is only as good as your drill. Join 3n and a safety experts panel as we discuss how to adapt disaster drills for your organization’s emergency response plan as part of The Great Southern California ShakeOut. Part 2 of 3. Click HERE>>

The 13th annual GUIDE has been mailed. One focus of this edition is the growing importance of standards, certifications, and maturity models for BC and DR programs. Read an introduction to this issue from the GUIDE publishers, Tommy and Kathy Rainey. Click HERE>>
Top 10 Actions a CIO Can Take to Prepare for a Hurricane. View the must-read eGuide here!

Communications Survey Completed
The second annual survey, "Trends in Business Continuity and Crisis Communications," sponsored by Varolii, has been completed. Results will be released in October. Request your copy.Click HERE>>

Group To Release Metrics To Measure IT Security
A new metric is coming this fall that can help organizations measure their security and see how they compare to their peers. Click HERE>>

Survey Finds Holes in Disaster Preparedness
Emergency planners know evacuation plans are critical for preparedness. But a new study says almost two–thirds of parents wouldn’t leave without getting the kids from school. Click HERE>>

Security Specialists say US is More Vulnerable to Attack
Last week, the country marked the 7th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. Are we any safer than we were seven years ago? Security experts say we’re not. Click HERE>>

How Corporate Funding Helps Fill Community Needs
Corporate support is a good way to fill gaps and enhance government services. But with the economy in a downturn, is corporate funding still helping fill those needs? Click HERE>>

Canadian Provinces Collaborate on Radio System
Three provinces in Eastern Canada are one step closer to interoperable communications, as they have inked a deal to explore a new mobile radio communications system. Click HERE>>

FEMA to Help Fund Emergency Ops Centers
FEMA is handing out almost $15 million in grants to construct new emergency operations centers across the country. Click HERE>>

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American Red Cross, OC Chapter’s Disaster Preparedness Academy. Anaheim, CA – October 1. Twenty workshops offering the latest in disaster planning, mitigation, response and recovery information. A one of a kind preparedness seminar for So Cal. Click HERE>>

Business Continuity–Turn–Key. Temporary Office Structures, Heating & AC, Equipped with Office Equipment, Satellite Systems, Food Services & Restrooms. Unlimited Resources, Inc. Tel: (888) 340-8010. Click HERE>>

Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Forum, October, Philadelphia. Geared to professionals who work in the development of disaster recovery and business continuity. Free accommodation, meals, and supplier briefings. Call Lindsey at (941)-925-7585. Click HERE>>

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OpenTech’s DASD Full Volume Backup Time & Resource Savings & z/OS Support
Lewisville, TX – OpenTech Systems, Inc.’s DASD Backup Supervisor product (DBS), which supports z/OS 1.10 as well as Extended Address Volumes (EAV), will now also intelligently read DFDSS messages and errors encountered during the backup process and depending on the error or message, will allow the backup job to continue thereby ensuring backup jobs complete faster. In addition, it will be able to support VSE volumes that are online to z/OS. Click HERE>>

Topp Portable Air Receives Inc 5000 Award
Aston, PA – Inc. magazine has awarded Topp Portable Air a position on the first–ever Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest–growing privately–held companies in the country. The Inc. 5,000, an expansion of Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 500 list, includes many larger businesses this year. The awarded companies represent the fastest growing movers and shakers in the small business world. Topp is the only company of its kind to be included on this prestigious list. Click HERE>>

All Critical "Business Units" Need A Disaster Recovery Plan
Chicago, IL – Persson Associates, in the business of helping companies develop disaster recovery plans since 1985, has just improved their web site to not only offer simple, easy to use planning tools but at a cost everyone can afford. Business Unit (aka departments) disaster recovery planning is required in corporate offices (Billing, Order Processing, A/R, etc), remote locations such as branch offices, call centers, help desks, customer service, etc. Click HERE>>

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