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Weekly COVID-19 Pandemic Report

Continuity Insights and the Disaster Recovery Journal are collaborating on these resources to ensure that business continuity/disaster recovery professionals are well-informed as they combat the COVID-19 crisis. We will be updating this resource center with new information and links weekly.

 

May 14, 2020   
Preparing for Hurricane Season During a Pandemic
By AlertMedia
The pandemic has a certain way of putting things in perspective. Worries that seemed so important just a few months ago seem trivial today. Businesses have been forced to conjure up a new (and all too real) meaning of the word “resiliency.”


May 14, 2020     
Delivering IT and Business Resilience During Times of Uncertainty 
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for organizations. Organizations are struggling to adapt to new technologies, new workflows, and new ways of working. They need to ensure that today’s decisions make their employees safer, productive and more resilient, today and tomorrow.


May 14, 2020     
Managing Third-Party Risk During and After a Pandemic
As new insights are continually evolving, organizations around the world are trying to plan and develop their strategies for returning to the new “normal.” Some may be further along in the process than others, but organizations must take into consideration that their third-parties (i.e., vendors) and related supply chain ecosystems are facing the same challenges.


May 14, 2020     
Assessing Risk for a Reopening Business Amidst COVID-19
By Vincent Milano, FEMA
As restrictions are gradually being lifted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released the Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19. Businesses looking to resume operations can use this toolkit to assess and mitigate their risk of transmitting COVID-19.


May 14, 2020     
Accounting for Multiple Crises: Mitigating the Effects of COVID-19 and Natural Disasters

How can companies alleviate and sufficiently plan for dual crises? The Coronavirus is top-of-mind for all businesses today. But the disruption doesn’t mean that other threats will simply disappear.


May 11, 2020
Why Scalability And Security Are More Critical To Businesses Than Even Before 
The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed our lives in just a few short months. The way we work, spend our money, relax, and connect with others is very different from how it was at the start of 2020. … Whether or not these changes are permanent, the current spikes in remote working and eCommerce activity—and the drop in demand faced by other sectors—have created a set of unique challenges that businesses are solving with cloud technology.


May 8, 2020
What is Your COVID-19 Re-Entry Plan? 
COVID-19 has caused the nation and the world to stop in its tracks. All but essential businesses have been shuttered. The financial markets are in chaos. And yet, you and your crisis management team need to be looking forward. The plan for re-entry during this pandemic is much different than any other crisis the world has seen – it is not possible just to “go back to work” once the stay-at-home orders are lifted.


May 8, 2020
COVID-19: A Long-Term BCM Challenge Without Precedent 
The crisis that is coronavirus has revealed key weaknesses in business continuity across all industries. New thinking is needed to make significant changes in order to create truly resilient organizations. Many disasters are slow-moving, generated by the aggregation of small failures that emerge out of normal conditions that conceal their nature. But COVID-19 is different – it is an extreme shock to the global system.


May 8, 2020
The Alarm Sounds: Managing a Crisis Event 
In this article we’ll give you a feel for what it’s like to face a crisis at your workplace as a member of a crisis management (CM) team. We’ll also share some tips on how the CM team can put its preparations and training into effect to ensure the organization’s response to the incident is as effective as possible.


May 8, 2020
The Irony of a BC Planner in the Spotlight
By and large, crises are a wet blanket to shenanigans. Obviously! But that doesn’t mean fun isn’t important. A positive work/life balance is essential when life is circumscribed by quarantines and social distancing. So, while this article does touch on COVID-19, what I really want to talk about is a good party.


May 8, 2020
The COVID-19 Coronavirus: How Organizations Can Better Prepare for Workforce and Supply Chain Disruptions 
The recent coronavirus (COVID-19) has created a sense of urgency among organizations worldwide to update their business continuity plans and review their operational resiliency. Having already been declared a “pandemic” by the World Health Organization (WHO), the coronavirus presents serious global economic consequences.


May 8, 2020
3 Ways to Prepare Your Business for Unexpected Disasters 
Everyone knows they should be prepared for disasters that could disrupt their business. We implement safeguards for cyberattacks, power outages, equipment failures, and natural disasters — all events that happen frequently enough to warrant our attention and where the threats and impacts are well-understood. But how do you prepare for a disaster that catches everyone — businesses, governments, even the World Economic Forum (WEF) — completely off guard?


May 8, 2020
I Was Forced to Make the Toughest Call of My Life 
Disasters are often sudden, unexpected, and very overwhelming. The COVID-19 pandemic has been all of those things. I have been involved in disaster recovery, business continuity, and crisis management for more than 30 years. I feel confident I’m well-read on most topics in our profession. I’ve read thousands of articles, listened to countless hours of presentations, and attended hundreds of board discussions, but nothing has prepared me for this.


May 8, 2020
Renewed Vigor: BC and Pandemic Planning 
The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted millions, shut down the economy, closed thousands of businesses, and altered the way we view business continuity management and pandemic planning. For several years governments and companies have debated if pandemic planning was even necessary because of the low probability of an occurrence, notwithstanding the annual routine of seasonal avian influenza prevention.


May 8, 2020
DRJ Town Hall: “The New Norm” How and When do You Re-open Your Workplace? 
Over the next few weeks, many areas will begin to migrate workers back to a physical workplace. From an organizational standpoint, how do you prepare your organization for the next step in this extended recovery process?


May 7, 2020
Witt O’Brien’s Introduces the PandemicBuzz Podcast
Witt O’Brien’s has launched PandemicBuzz, a snapshot-in-time interview series, where crisis management, business continuity, and crisis communications experts talk about their current pandemic efforts, state of mind, and corporate path forward.


May 7, 2020
4th Edition Coronavirus Organizational Preparedness Report 
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has announced the release of the 4th edition of the BCI Coronavirus Organizational Preparedness Report. The report details BCI members’ and industry professionals’ input which builds a global picture of the impact of the pandemic on organizations and their reaction to it.


May 7, 2020
(ISC)² Survey Finds Cybersecurity Professionals Being Repurposed During COVID-19 Pandemic
(ISC)² – the world’s largest nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals – has released the findings of a survey in which 256 cybersecurity professionals shared insights into their current work situations during the first several weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.


May 7, 2020
10 Ways to Stay Sane & Active While Social Distancing 
We’ve been holed up for weeks, working from home, participating in countless ZOOM meetings, trying to stay sane, focused, and productive. And if you’re like most of us, you’re finding it a challenge to remain active. So, taking a quick break from our daily business continuity responsibilities, we think you’ll find that the following article authored by Julie Singh of Trip Outside provides some excellent advice and tips for staying sane and active while social distancing. Stay safe and enjoy.


May 4, 2020
Shelters in Places of the Mind: COVID-19 and Dementia
I am not a member of the medical profession, nor am I a scientist who can opine on the inner make-up of the COVID-19 virus. I am a leader in the business resilience industry, with an emphasis on the areas of risk management, emergency response and business continuity.


May 1, 2020
DRJ Town Hall: Fostering Resilience and Energy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Panelists: Dr. Heidi Hanna and Paul Osincup


April 30, 2020
Are We There Yet? This Pandemic May Not Be Over Even When We Think It’s Over.
By Robert C. Chandler, Ph.D.
We are at a very important junction in the unfolding of this pandemic and preparing to make some critical decisions about “what might happen next” and whether it is time to return to life as normal. Thinking about this current COVID-19 pandemic situation from the vantage point of my study and teaching in the areas of health communication, crisis management, organizational preparation and contingency planning leads me to have both a sense of optimism and caution which suggests to me that now is the time for a bit of anticipatory foresight.


April 30, 2020
Business Continuity in the Age of COVID-19: Preparing Your Systems – and Culture
By Amy Hoyt, Point B
In the world of disaster recovery and business continuity, we’re used to thinking in terms of how we can put manual processes in place until IT and other automated systems can be recovered. But the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has turned this challenge on its head. Now, as millions of employees vacate their workplaces to work remotely, organizations must find ways to quickly shift manual processes to their IT systems.


April 30, 2020
Leading in a Crisis: Communicating Successfully
We look at the current pandemic and see daily examples of effective communication, as well glaring examples of communication that can only be described as less than effective. As we’ve seen with government leaders, effective communication recognizes emotions, instills hope, and radiates confidence.


April 30, 2020
Avoid COVID-19 Contact Link in Text Messages
The latest Coronavirus scam uses text messaging to make people think they have been in contact with someone who contracted the coronavirus. Law enforcement officials are warning the public not to click a text message link which is believed to be phishing for personal information.


April 30, 2020
BCI Partners with FortressAS on Latest Pandemic Research
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has announced a partnership with Fortress Availability Services (FortressAS) on the BCI’s latest research project: Post-Pandemic: The ‘NEW’ Resilience Industry.


April 30, 2020
Tracking Plasma Donations for COVID-19 Treatment with Veoci
Recently you may have heard of the push to have COVID-19 survivors donate their plasma in an attempt to treat those who are currently afflicted by the virus. The idea behind this experimental treatment, as described by CNN, is that antibodies in the blood plasma of recovered patients could potentially help people fight off COVID-19.


April 30, 2020
FEMA: Coronavirus Rumor Control
FEMA helps the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


April 30, 2020
First Aid for Businesses Suffering From COVID-19
There is a good chance your business is affected by the COVID-19, the success of your recovery will depend on applying the right plan of action in the right dosages. … Survival is paramount but for many businesses but this can also be the moment to catapult their business to new heights. Apply to the affected area as needed, no prescription required.


April 27, 2020
Global Perspectives on the Value of Learning from Disasters
In the field of disaster management, learning from previous experiences – also known as “lessons learned” – is considered critical. Wise managers should not allow themselves to fall into same mistakes that happened to others, especially when they are geographically close or operate within the same business environments.


April 24, 2020
DRJ Town Hall: Successes in managing the impact of COVID-19
Panelist: John Beattie, Cheryl Carmel and Scott Ream


April 23, 2020
You Can’t Stop: The Time to Plan for Office Re-Opening is Now
We are all exhausted. Crisis management and business continuity departments have been in a perpetual state of activation for over a month, although it feels like years. Some teams may have hit a slight lull – as IT issues have been resolved and employees have gotten used to working from home. However, someday offices will re-open. Maybe it’s optimistic to think it will be soon, but it will eventually happen, and the required planning to get people back to their offices may dwarf the effort of having everyone work from home in the first place.


April 23, 2020
Leading in a Crisis: 3 Kinds of Resilience to Strive For
The current pandemic is composed of intense sprints during an enduring marathon. Leading an organization through COVID-19 means developing three types of resilience: personal, institutional and post-crisis.


April 23, 2020
COVID-19 the Culprit in Relentless Cyberattacks 
Cyber attacks are in hyper-mode, reaching historic levels, due the Coronavirus pandemic. Cybercriminals are responding to the present health crisis with an acceleration of attacks using a single theme (Coronavirus) like never before in our digital history. Countless victims are experiencing fraudulent phishing emails and text and voice messages.


April 23, 2020
5 Steps to Maintaining Business Resiliency During a Crisis
In a period of unprecedented global crisis, leaders recognize the need to remain focused, be collaborative and act with compassion. Now, more than ever, organizations must focus attention on those areas that can thrive in a post-COVID-19 world.


April 23, 2020
Inc. Offers Essential Business Survival Guide for the COVID-19 Crisis 
Inc. Magazine online has created a solutions center that offers expert advice on handling panicked customers, interrupted supply chains, webinars, Zoom meetings, hyper kids, and a work environment that changes by the hour.


April 23, 2020
Coronavirus Organizational Preparedness Report 3rd Edition Available 
The Business Continuity Institute has announced that the third edition of its Coronavirus Organizational Preparedness Report is now available for download from the BCI Knowledge Library.


April 18, 2020
How to Create a COVID-19 Task Force
As everyone is learning during the Coronavirus outbreak, pandemics are a unique type of threat. They last for months, provide new insights every week, and require organizations to adapt every day. With pandemics, it is more important than ever to be vigilant and proactive in your company’s response.


April 18, 2020
Cybersecurity Tips for When You’re Working from Home
With “stay put” orders now extended through at least the end of April, it looks like we’ll all be working from home for longer than initially expected. While there are some great perks to working from home – like no morning or afternoon commute and more time with family – you do need to be on high alert for phishing scams and cyber-attacks.


April 18, 2020
Make Sure Your Mobile Devices Are Virus-Free 
Cyber criminals are taking advantage of the Coronavirus crisis to target mobile devices with delivery of the latest COVID-19 information and updates. While apps may promise current data, they may also lead to the possibility of malware being installed on your device.


April 18, 2020
Creating Your COVID-19 Recovery Plan – 5 Steps to Consider 
Life constantly reminds us to expect the unexpected. Still, as organized and prepared as we strive to make our surroundings, there is no playbook dedicated to what we’re currently experiencing. However, no matter what our individual circumstances may be, now is the time to shape our future.


April 18, 2020
Coronavirus Response Solutions for Corporate 
Rave Mobile Safety has released a Coronavirus Response Info Sheet for corporations to monitor and quickly communicate changes to its employees about the ongoing coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.


April 18, 2020
My Experience With the Coronavirus

“I recovered from COVID-19.” Those are the words of Brian Zawada, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Avalution Consulting. Join Continuity Insights today for a special live audiocast presentation as Brian shares a compelling first-hand account of his personal experience with COVID-19 in the hope it will help others with the Coronavirus. NOTE: This special presentation is now available for on-demand viewing. View it here.


April 17, 2020
DRJ Town Hall: Best Practices in Supply Management During Pandemics.
A lively discussion with speakers who are facing various challenges that the pandemic has introduced into the supply chain. As lessons are learned, how do we incorporate these changes into our current supply chains? Panelists: James Green and David Halford


April 17, 2020
Business Resilience DECODED:  Crisis Leadership
A video version of the podcast with Vanessa Vaughn Mathews of Asfalis Advisors and Jon Seals of Disaster Recovery Journal.


April 17, 2020
When the Quarantine Ends: How to Be Ready to Reopen Your Company
Sooner or later, the danger of coronavirus will recede, the quarantine will be relaxed, and companies will be able to move toward resuming normal operations. In today’s blog, we’ll share some steps you can take to reopen your company and help you manage what is sure to be a welcome but daunting transition.


April 16, 2020
Practical Steps to Ensure a Bank’s Business Continuity During a Pandemic
A pandemic is a very particular and very terrible type of crisis. Unlike other crises such as earthquakes or cyberattacks which impact the bank’s infrastructure, pandemics directly impact its people – employees, vendors, suppliers – who might be unable to perform their jobs. Further, customers cannot do business in usual ways.


April 15, 2020
The Future of Disaster Recovery for SaaS and PaaS
Servers are down and many services are slowing as demand rises but supplies flounder. Whether it’s headcount, bandwidth, or inventory, the world is struggling to feed the monster of online activity. According to The Verge, the uptick in online activity due to COVID-19 has already caused major Microsoft Teams outages in Europe, while other SaaS and PaaS providers prepare for increased usage.


April 10
DRJ Town Hall: We’re all working from home. So what does that mean? And when/how do we move back?
With many companies requiring employees to work from home, how do you minimize risks and increase productivity? A discussion with industry experts on the many challenges introduced by entire workforces working remotely. Plus how and when should we consider a move back to offices? Panelists: Kim Hirsch, Terence Lee and Margaret Millett.


April 9, 2020
Start Information Sharing for Recovery Now
Restarting the world economy after that COVID-19 crisis starts to ebb is going to be hard. We’ve never turned the world off for everything other than essential services (and kudos to every health care, power, public safety, security, truck driver, and anyone else who can’t be sheltering at home because we’re all relying on you!).


April 9, 2020
COVID-19 – Lockdown, Free Crisis Management Exercise Available From Crisis Guardian
In preparation for the next phase of COVID-19, business continuity education, training, and awareness specialists Crisis Guardian, have released a free crisis management exercise giving organizations the opportunity to prompt their crisis teams to consider the current and future impacts of the pandemic.


April 9, 2020
Tips for Working From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Creating a routine, treating home like work, taking advantage of the flexibility, staying focused, and being disciplined. They’re just a handful of extremely practical tips for making working from a stress free, effective, experience.


April 9, 2020
Mapping Dependencies and Minimize Risk for Your Organization During Coronavirus
With the dramatic disruption of global supply chains, it’s anyone’s guess when we’ll experience a return to normalcy. Presently, our focus on public health and welfare is paramount. But at the same time organizations need dedicated approaches to creating more resilient supply chains, which will be essential not only to their own survival, but to the global economy in the long run.


April 9, 2020
6 HR Initiatives for Maintaining Employee Performance & Engagement During Coronavirus Pandemic
Organizations need to focus on employees’ emotions related to the coronavirus pandemic to restore productivity and deliver on employee experience, according to Gartner, Inc. The significant impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on employees’ personal and work lives is leading to employee anxiety, frustration and burnout.


April 9, 2020
BCI Releases Second Edition Coronavirus Organizational Preparedness Report
The results of the Business Continuity Institute’s (BCI) second edition Coronavirus Organizational Preparedness Report provide encouraging evidence of improvement in the actions taken by organizations in the fight against COVID-19.


April 8, 2020
Managing Crisis in an Interconnected World
Following the journey of an organization from manual, to automated, to intelligent requires bringing together the employee experience, management of emerging technologies and dispersed locations. Added complexity to solve today’s problems includes inter-agency cooperation, blended workplaces with standard and contracted employees, and large scale, long term challenges that can be addressed using the basic principles of notification systems.


April 7, 2020
Five Steps to Creating a Viable Personal DR Plan
During this time, perhaps more so than any point in recent history, individuals in all professions will work remotely. Whether in branch offices, home offices, or at kitchen tables, more people than ever find themselves in this situation. If you count yourself among them, you should take steps to protect and recover the data you create and store locally.


April 7, 2020
Significant Percentage of Organizations are Drastically Unprepared to Address Supply Chain Disruptions
Prevalent, Inc., the company that transforms how you manage third-party risk, and Shared Assessments, the member-driven leader in third party risk assurance, today announced a new report, Third-Party Risk Management: The 3rd Rail of Security & Compliance, which provides deep insights into current trends, challenges and initiatives impacting third-party risk practitioners. The findings clearly illustrate that many companies are not dedicating proper resources to assess third-party risks, and those that are still lack confidence in their program. As a result, there are real consequences including loss of revenue, loss of productivity, and loss of reputation – all of which can jeopardize resiliency and are amplified given today’s supply chain concerns related to COVID-19.


April 3, 2020
DRJ TOWN HALL: A Deep Dive on Reputational Management Through Crises
A discussion with experts around the do’s and don’ts around managing reputational issues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Communicating with customers, meeting customer needs, monitoring social media and more. Panelists: Phil Lambert and Mike Mooney.


April 3, 2020
Maintaining Business Continuity During the Coronavirus Outbreak with Mass Notification
The coronavirus outbreak has changed the way many organizations conduct their business. Remote work has become a necessity in the age of social distancing, while other groups have had to shut down entirely because of the guidelines put forth by federal and local governments. A main concern for many organizations that are looking to maintain their business continuity during this disaster is how they share important updates with their workers when they are not in their typical facilities.


April 2, 2020
Make Cloud Desktops Part of Your Disaster Recovery Plan
During a business disruption caused by a natural disaster or a health emergency, it’s safer for employees to stay away from the office. But this means they can’t access their physical desktops. The COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity to look at how cloud computing – and specifically cloud desktops – can help organizations keep their employees safe and secure while also maintaining business continuity and productivity.


April 2, 2020
RockDove Offers Best Practices From COVID-19 Playbook
To help organizations share trusted information with their people during this unprecedented public health crisis, RockDove has worked with industry experts to create a COVID-19 Playbook, available via its crisis management platform, In Case of Crisis.


April 2, 2020
Cyber Criminals Target Zoom Domains in Wake of COVID-19
Online communication has become the norm as we deal with the impact of the Coronavirus. But as our online usage of platforms like Zoom increases, cyber criminals have stepped up their efforts as well.


April 2, 2020
BCI Launches Survey for New Pandemic Response Report
The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) has partnered with Clearview Continuity & Assurance to produce Pandemic Response – A Coronavirus Focus, a relevant and valuable report for the resilience community.


April 2, 2020
Noggin Modules for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
Global safety and security technology for incident management and organizational resilience provider Noggin has developed two free Noggin Epidemic Response Modules – one for businesses managing their corporate response to COVID-19, and one for public health authorities and healthcare agencies.


April 1, 2020
Disaster Recovery Journal and Continuity Insights Pledge Unity During the COVID-19 Crisis
Bob Arnold, president of the Disaster Recovery Journal and Robert Nakao, publisher of Continuity Insights, have announced a collaboration of resources to ensure that business continuity/disaster recovery professionals are well-informed as they combat the COVID-19 crisis.


March 30, 2020
Zawada: I Recovered From COVID-19
It’s been an incredibly difficult couple of weeks. We’ve all witnessed incredible societal upheaval, and on a personal level (on March 16th) I learned that I tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, I have fully recovered, and I thought it would be a good time to share my experience in case it helps others.


March 26, 2020
Working Remotely over the Long Haul: Living with COVID-19 as a Business
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the organizations we work with have now had their work-from-home programs running for a week or two. In today’s post, we’re going to look at how to make such programs succeed over the long haul.


March 26, 2020
Swan Island Networks Launches TX Global Alerting Service for COVID-19 and Emerging Risks
SaaS security intelligence provider Swan Island Networks has announced the introduction of its TX Global Alerting Service which provides credible, curated, targeted intelligence about COVID-19 and other global threats at affordable price points.


March 26, 2020
New White Paper: Are You Ready for the Next Pandemic?
A Focus on Behavior and Communications for COVID-19 Planning & Preparedness
Internationally known consultant and educator Steven M. Crimando, founder and principal of Behavioral Science Applications, an innovative operational risk management consulting firm based in the New York Metro Area serving a global client base, has made this new white paper available to all Continuity Insights subscribers.


March 26, 2020
COVID-19 and Your Response
You can’t get very far these days without hearing about how the COVID-19 virus or ‘coronavirus’ is having devastating impacts in some countries and causing significant supply-chain issues in others. Many people are now scrambling, looking for a specific pandemic plan that they can put in place should COVID-19 impact their company. Most do not realize that if they have been planning for ‘the big 4 results’ of any business interruption: no building, no people, no systems and no third-party suppliers, along with following the direction of health authorities, they likely have everything they need.


March 26, 2020
Free COVID-19 Management System Available
Adaptive BC Solutions is providing their COVID-19 Management System™ free to business continuity professionals. The system was built from the ground up with the sole purpose of helping organizations manage COVID-19.


March 26, 2020
Writing a Coronavirus Management Plan in 7 Steps
As prepared as you organization may, you most likely didn’t anticipate the Coronavirus. Patrick Gray, contributing writer for TechRepublic, has compiled a relatively straightforward response for creating a COVID-19 management plan.


March 26, 2020
Everbridge Launches COVID-19 Shield SaaS and Rapid Deployment Templates
Critical event management firm Everbridge has announced the has launch of COVID-19 Shield, a new set of Coronavirus Protection Solutions designed to protect the safety of employees and customers, maintain business operations, safeguard supply chains, and reduce costs and liabilities stemming from the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.


March 26, 2020
Free Access to Coronavirus Dashboard
Early Alert is offering Continuity Insights subscribers free access to their Coronavirus Dashboard. In addition, daily Situational Reports with detailed Coronavirus information are available each morning by emailing pcunnane@earlyalert.com.


March 26, 2020
Follow a Five-Phase Approach for Resilient Business Models During Coronavirus Disruptions
A five-phase strategic and systematic approach to strengthen the resilience of organizations’ current business models is key to continuity of operations during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Gartner, Inc.


March 26, 2020
A New Capability for Situational Awareness (Focus on COVID-19)
TX Global provides ongoing alerting and 24/7 dashboards tracking Coronavirus around the world and the ability to set up automated monitoring of threats within a specific radius of your most valuable assets. During “A New Capability for Situational Awareness (Focus on COVID-19),” a new Continuity Insights webinar, Pete O’Dell, Founder of Swan Island Networks, and Juli Morse, Vice President of Customer Success, will give viewers a first look at its new TX Global Alerting Services with a focus on COVID-19 sources and alerts.


March 25, 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic – The Top Ten Things You Need to be Doing Right Now
This webinar Regina Phelps focuses on what you should be doing right now…the intention is to help you refine your current efforts or drive you to action if you have not considered these critical issues.


March 19, 2020
Curated New Site Provides Daily Coronavirus Updates
To keep the business continuity community up-to-date on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) with important news articles and statistics on this topic, Infinite Blue by BC in the Cloud has created a C-19 Daily webpage. Infinite Blue’s team of certified Business Continuity and Emergency Managers are pulling together the best resources available and posting every morning to the site.


March 19, 2020
R3 Continuum Announces COVID-19 Support Team
Disruptive event management firm R3 Continuum (R3c) has formalized a COVID-19 support team to harness its deep expertise and resources, making them available for organizations that are navigating the fast paced and compounding impacts of this global pandemic.


March 19, 2020
Pandemic: Business Continuity Threat, Impact and Response
Every day there’s new, scarier information about the on-going spread of the Coronavirus. An outbreak of any virus is bound to affect your business in a variety of ways. Do you have a plan for managing it? Does your team know what to do and how to handle an office epidemic? Download this white paper to help equip your company in mitigating a virus outbreak and maintaining productivity during this time.


March 19, 2020
Managing With Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty
With global business severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the MIT Sloan Management Review has assembled a dozen timely articles providing relevant advice to help professionals manage and work effectively despite uncertainty.


March 19, 2020
Fusion Introduces Online Pandemic Readiness Toolkit as a Resource for Organizational Resilience Around COVID-19
Fusion Risk Management has announced the launch of a Pandemic Readiness Toolkit – Powered by Fusion, to provide timely, critical, and reputable data, insights, and resources to help ensure organizational resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.


March 12, 2020
Free Pandemic Plan Template
With Coronavirus in the global news, a new pandemic plan template from Avalution Consulting will help confirm that you’re on the right track and ready to confidently address this risk as you continue to field questions about your pandemic planning.


March 9, 2020
Let’s Play Defense Against COVID-19!
As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, your business could face high absentee rates. For this reason, your business should have a defense plan to help slow the spread and reduce the workforce impact. One step in this process is to provide a clean environment for employees and visitors alike.


February 27, 2020
Responding to the COVID-19 Outbreak
Business Resilience DECODED podcast interview with Dr. Lisa Koonin


February 19, 2020
Everbridge Launches Coronavirus Risk Data Enhancement for Critical Event Management
Critical event management provider Everbridge has introduced a new specialized risk intelligence package to assist organizations with managing the impact of the coronavirus on their people, assets, customers, facilities, supply chains, and brand.


February 19, 2020
Coronavirus Preparedness Resource Kit
Agility Recovery is providing free educational resources to help organizations keep their workforce trained and safe including a Coronavirus Preparedness Resource Kit to learn about the immediate steps to take when preparing for a viral outbreak.


February 6, 2020
Workforce Continuity During a Pandemic: Is Your Business Ready?
With the increase in global transportation and urbanization, epidemics caused by a new influenza virus are likely to occur. As such, workforce continuity strategies should be a top priority to business continuity and emergency management practitioners. During a pandemic, absenteeism rates can climb to as high as 20-50 percent due to employee illness, caring for sick family members, fear of contagion, or lack of medical, public, or transportation resources. Employees are the revenue and profit drivers of most businesses, so early workforce continuity planning is essential as every person who becomes ill is likely to miss a few days too many weeks of work.


January 30, 2020
Coronavirus Update: Pandemic & Infectious Disease Pandemic Planning
When you pull out your old Pandemic Plan to review or are creating a new one from scratch, take a moment to rethink the plan and how it can be more helpful in more disease situations, not just the “once-in-a-blue-moon” event such as a global pandemic. There is a more useful way to view this important document – as an “all-purpose” disease plan rather than just a global pandemic guide. Consider making an Infectious Disease & Pandemic Guide.


Service Provider Resources

Coronavirus Preparedness Resource Kit
Pandemic Communication Template
On-Demand Webinar: Protecting Your People and Your Business During a Pandemic
Learn about Expedited Onboarding with AlertMedia
Pandemic Planning Guide
Sample Plan Template
Pandemic Plan Template
C-19 Daily webpage
Pandemic Response Information
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Webinar: Beyond Backup: Taking a Cloud-Native Approach to BC/DR
Gorilla Guides: Everything You Need to Know About Ransomware and Disaster Recovery
Coronavirus Threat Landscape: Regional Reports
Pandemic Readiness Toolkit
Free-COVID-19 Playbook + In Case of Crisis = Your People with Trusted Action Plans
Shield your business from Chaos
COVID-19 and your response
AskBetsyBCP
Webinar: No Business Continuity Program is Complete Without an Effective Crisis Communications Plan
Covid-19 Best Practice & Resources
On-Demand Webinar: Preparing for a Pandemic
Free Pandemic Plan Template
Coronavirus Response Solution for Corporate and Healthcare (watch this brief video)
Regroup Mass Notification Brochure
Tips for Managing a (Suddenly) Remote Workforce due to COVID-19
Webinars: Resilience 2020
Business Continuity for Remote Workforces (Webinar)
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