Preparing for the Unexpected

Preparing for the Unexpected

Preparing for the Unexpected is about how people, organizations and communities plan, prepare, test, communicate and respond to sudden unplanned events such as natural and manmade disasters and crises. The show is for everyone who wants an understanding of how plans are created for individuals, organizations and communities and for anyone who wants to know what they can do in their own lives to help protect themselves from unexpected events. There is a myth that disasters happen to others but in reality, they happen to everyone. It's just a matter of when and how well-prepared you are. The greater the level of awareness, communication and knowledge, the quicker one bounces back from adversity. The overall aim of Preparing for the Unexpected is to reduce the suffering, effects and impacts caused as a result of disasters and unexpected life events by increasing knowledge and awareness of Business Contingency and Disaster Planning and related activities.... Show More

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October 22, 2020 57 min
I continue my monthly chat with Regina Phelps on the latest happenings related to Covid-19 pandemic. We'll touch on: 1. Considerations for the upcoming holiday season for both organizations and families, 2. The latest progress on vaccines, including why a couple of of tests have been paused, 3. Mental well-being, 4. Social Bubbles and much more. As always, it's an enlightening discussion with lots to learn from Regina.
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October 15, 2020 54 min
Disaster preparation comes in many forms and some would have you believe that 'prepping' for a disaster is a doom-and-gloom mentality; it's not what you might think. I speak with Diane Vukovic author of 'Disaster Preparedness for Women: 52 Steps to Get Ready for Anything' and outdoor survivalist expert. During our chat, we find out what 'prepping' really is and how it's not what movies and televisio...
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For decades BCM / DR professionals have performed the Business Impact Analysis (BIA) the same way with the same results; often not quite the results expected. John Jackson, an early visionary in BCM / DR, talks about how the traditional BIA may need to change; change how we ask questions, who we ask information from and what results it needs to deliver if its to be effective for organizations. We'll learn how to increase the ...
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We hear allot about Business Continuity Management and Organizational Resilience but usually the examples are from Europe and/or North America. We'll talk with Organizational Resilience and Business Continuity expert Timothe Graziani, who is headquartered in the Dominican Republic, and chat about BCM in the Latin America (LATAM) region. We'll chat about some of the different challenges LATAM countries face with BCM and ...
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I continue my monthly chat with Regina Phelps on the latest happenings related to Covid-19 pandemic. We'll talk about the upcoming flu/cold season and what that might mean for us. Regina will also talk to us about Crisis Management Teams and ways to manage team burnout to enable organizations to deal with other current situations; wildfires, hurricanes, storms, and cyber attacks. Regina will also talk about Incident Action Pla...
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The COVID-19 Pandemic has strongly defined the importance of a Business Continuity Management (BCM) program and the role of the BCM professional. Join me as I talk with Cheyene Marling from BC Management, as we talk about the findings in the latest BCM Management Assessment Report 'What's Your Role During the COVID-19 Response?' We'll discuss some of the key findings from respondents and the reasons for them. Some...
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September 10, 2020 56 min
Facing Adversity is something most of us are familiar with; some of us are successful at dealing with adversity, while others are not as successful. The current global Covid-19 Pandemic is certainly a key adverse situation that all organizations and people are having to deal with. I speak with the author of ‘In Defense of Adversity: Turning Your Toughest Challenges into Your Greatest Success’, Steve Gavatorta. We’ll talk about Re...
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September 3, 2020 57 min
Once again we talk with Prof. David Lindstedt and Mark Armour, the creative forces behind the Adaptive Business Continuity movement. We’ll talk about the latest news with AdaptiveBC and continue with some eye-opening discussions on topics related to Business Continuity. We’ll also talk to David and Mark about the possible future of Business Continuity in the world of Covid-19 and how we can present value to Executives and Decision...
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August 27, 2020 55 min
Covid-19 is changing the way to do business and with so many people working from home, it's causing many organization's to reconsider it's Privacy processes and how Privacy touches on Business Continuity programs. We speak with Privacy industry expert Constantine Karbaliotis, who will discuss the Principles of Privacy, and what some of the common failures of Business Continuity when it comes to Privacy. We'll also...
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August 20, 2020 55 min
I continue my monthly chats with Regina Phelps on the latest happenings related to Covid-19. We'll talk about the latest Covid-19 status, vaccine research, therapeutics, the upcoming school year, and some of the issue related to managing another crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The billion dollar self-improvement industry always puts the responsibility for change on your shoulders. But this approach rarely delivers lasting results in our health, well-being and resilience. We talk with renown resilience expert, Professor Michael Ungar. Michael will talk to us about resources that can make us resilience and by extension, help our organizations and communities become resilient. Michael will share real-wo...
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Regardless of the times we find ourselves in, Organizational Leaders and individuals must take into account personal well-being, to ensure successful operations and the success of its employees. We speak with internationally recognized organizational psychology wellness expert, author, and Professor at the University of Guelph, Dr. Jamie Gruman. We'll discuss Dr. Gruman's thoughts on how we - and our organizations - can ad...
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July 30, 2020 55 min
Sometimes we can experience major challenges even when a crisis or disaster isn't of our own creation; we're impacted because of someone else's negligence. We'll speak with noted expert Vicky McKim about how we can build a strong Vendor Management procedures to ensure we address any risks associated with selecting and working with vendors. Vicky will discuss Risk Management, Supplier Chain Management, Risk Contro...
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July 23, 2020 55 min
As the numbers for Covid-19 continue to increase, it's clear the pandemic will be with us for some time yet. Join us as we continue our monthly chat with industry expert and author, Regina Phelps, as we talk about the current status of Covid-19 vaccine research and testing, therapeutics, and how we can enjoy some 'safe' summer time. An informative episode you won't want to miss.
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The global Business Continuity Management (BCM) landscape is changing; from supply chain management to disaster response to the effects and impacts of the Covid-19 global pandemic. We talk to internationally recognized BCM industry leader and expert, Patrick (Pat) Corcoran from IBM. Pat will talk to us about the changing BCM landscape and what BCM planning aspects - and program components - organizations will need to revisit and ...
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Part 2 - The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) published a newsletter containing some interesting perspectives on Covid-19 from it's various global chapters and/or representatives. Join me, as I review and talk about some of the perspectives and thoughts submitted by representatives from South Africa, South Korea, China, Canada, and other locations.
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July 2, 2020 55 min
Resilience is important for organization's yet many forget that being resilient is also something we should strive for on an individual level. Join me as I talk with New York Times Bestselling Author, Rick Hanson, Ph.D. about his book 'Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness'. We'll learn what we can do right now to help our own mental well-being to become resilient. The Covid-1...
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Covid-19 is going to be with us for some time yet, especially with the numbers we're seeing around the globe. We continue our monthly chat with Regina Phelps about Covid-19 and what's happening now and what we can expect in the future. Regina will also talk to us about the latest news with regards to vaccines and therapeutics. It's another informative episode you won't want to miss.
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Recently, The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) published a newsletter containing some interesting perspectives on Covid-19 from it's various global chapters and/or representatives. Join me, as I review and talk about some of the perspectives and thoughts submitted by representatives from South Africa, South Korea, China, Canada, and other locations.
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June 11, 2020 55 min
Say the wrong word or forget to say anything during a time of a crisis can destroy your reputation and that of your organization. It can take many years to get that reputation back on track and that cost of not managing a crisis effectively can have a great impact on your customers, your organization’s finances and even your career. We speak with global crisis leadership expert and author of The Art of Crisis Leadership, Rob Weinh...
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