March 7, 2017 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.
5177 Richmond Ave, Ste 540, Houston, TX
ACP Members and first-time guests - Free.
Ex-members and repeating guests: $10.
Lunch is provided.
Join local continuity professionals to have a panel discussion on Crisis Communication principles, how to choose the right technology, technical implementations, and their personal experiences with the various tools (MIR3, Everbridge, Send Word Now, etc). This is a great opportunity to make a case for adopting a tool at your own company. Please feel free to invite your colleagues in Crisis Communication, Emergency Response and Incident Management teams.
- James Mitchell - Assistant Director for Emergency Management and Business Continuity at Texas Children's Hospital
- Nick Conley - Senior Analyst for Disaster Recovery & Crisis Management at Invesco
- Wayne Chan - Business Continuity Planner at Texas Children's Hospital
Speaker bios and details coming soon.
Presentation: Managing Large-Scale Functional Exercises
April 4, 2017 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Texas Children's Hospital (6621 Fannin Street)
Plan to join us for a multiple-speaker presentation on conducting large-scale functional exercise using Texas Children's exercises as case study.
Is performing a tabletop exercise one of your program key deliverables in 2017? Do you want to gain more clarity on the roles and responsibilities for members of your organization? We encourage you to bring your colleagues in emergency response, security, HR, and communications.
James Mitchell, MBA, MBCP
James is currently the Assistant Director of Emergency Management & Business Continuity for Texas Children's Hospital. He leads a four-person team responsible for all institutional Emergency Management & Business Continuity activities including the full life cycle from Hazard Vulnerability Assessments, Risk Assessments through implementation of plans and support to Senior Executives during a crisis.
- ACP South Texas members and first time guest: Free.
- Repeating guests and non-members: $10.
Event parking is provided at no cost.
RSVP is equired by 12:00 p.m. on March 6, 2017
Full Scale Mock Tabletop Exercise Drill
What a great turn out for this full-scale mock tabletop exercise presentation!
Michael Herrera, CEO of MHA Consulting (www.mha-it.com) presented participants with a scenario-based mock disaster exercise for a multi-national organization using one of today’s most concerning and evolving threats. The participants served as the Crisis/Incident Management Team for the multi-national company in this 2-hour exercise.
Good to see some faces in attendance that we’ve been missing!
A huge thank you to Michelle Lowther of Continuity Housing for presenting to the group! If you aren’t sure of the process that your company has in place when it comes to your contingency housing strategy, I’d encourage you to begin by establishing a meeting with your travel department representative, Human Resources and the BC Team to assure that you are supporting your staff in the best way possible. Don’t be afraid to use your own contract and use the first right of refusal clause! Make sure that you know what your employees will require: Handicap accessible, kitchenettes, pet care, laundry facilities, and the proximity of the nearest restaurants! During this session I was able to identify opportunities to enhance the program at my company. A copy of the presentation will be made available on the website before the close of the week! Please do not hesitate to contact Michelle with any questions.
REMINDER: MVP Nominations are due before the close of the week!
For those of you unable to attend, and those who would like to review the presentation we have included it pdf here (896 KB) for you.
September we hosted a webinar from Black Swan Solutions as presenter Michelle Colosimo talked about the 7 Phases of Crisis. All participants were presented the insight and reflections of each phase crisis scenarios traverse thru, and we were provided examples to consider when dealing with crisis in our own work, personal, and social environments.
Our August meeting called for a roundtable session with all those who attended. These sessions turn out to be interesting events that provide gainful knowledge and experience to all participants because it gives all attendees an opportunity to ask specific questions and gain personal knowledge on how other companies are managing their programs. These events are provided a few times a year to give all our memebers an opportunity to bring to the table their biggest concerns, issues, or questions for other professionals to address and suggest improvements. Thank you all who participated and make sure to stay tuned to next month's events.
Once again thank all of you who made it out to the Houston TranStar Traffic Emergency Operations Center and Harris County Office of Emergency Management. We had an exciting and interesting time during our visit, and our hosts made sure we were well informed and educated on the ways they operate their centers. It was a great time and if you missed it, stay in touch with us and keep an eye out for our newsletters.
Thank you to everyone that participated in the Hurricane Awareness session in June! Many of you, in past years, would have participated in the StormGeo Annual Hurricane Symposium. In an effort to reach more than those that would be in attendance, StormGeo has taken on a new approach and have produced several FREE hurricane education videos. I have provided the link and hope that everyone takes a moment to review the content that is available!
Here we are – nearly 1 month and 3 named storms into Hurricane Season. Are your employees as prepared as they could be? Watch StormGeo’s FREE educational video series about hurricane readiness. Sign up now for immediate access to our highly informative hurricane videos!
A huge thank you to Ed Schlichtenmyer (Past Chapter President) and Dave Gorham for their efforts for our webinar. A recording of the message will be made available on the website early next week.
In case you missed June's Meeting Webinar, here is a link to the Hurricane Outlook presentation.
Hurricane Season Is Upon Us
As the 2016 Hurricane Season is upon us, it is a good time to reveiw the key takeaways from this year's hurricane preparedness week. The best time to prepare is before the land-fall of a tropical storm or hurricane, so these tips below should help you plan and prepare.
- Determine Your Risk
- Develop an Evacuation Plan
- Secure an Insurance Check-Up
- Assemble Disaster Supplies
- Strengthen Your Home
- Identify your Trusted Sources of Information for Hurricane Event
- Complete your Written Hurricane Plan
The 2016 Hurricane Season is now in effect, and with that in mind, we have to know where we can go to obtain up-to-date and current information regarding any active storm out in the Atlantic and/or the Gulf of Mexico. Below are some useful links where you can go, obtain, and rely on the information provided.
If you have used a site other than these listed above that has been useful to track and monitor a storm, please feel free to share and let us know what that site is by clicking here and submitting that information to be posted on our site.
Here are some pictures from our May field trip to Disaster City and RentSys in College Station, Texas.
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