The SuperBowl XLVII power out has amazed everyone in the world. Some are angry because the game hasn’t ended (gamblers, bookies, the Ravens as well) some are happy (49ers, Channel Owners, Broadcasters, fans at the stadium, beer producers and chicken wing producers). What I worry is about the NFLs Continuity Managers and Crisis Management team, no one knows why it got disrupted, and it took and extra 15 minutes to turn the power back on. Could have this been a cyber attack? Authorities should be checking the network grid for suspicious activity as well.
I would like to hear some comments on what alternatives and recommendations we can come up within order to reduce the probability of a power outage like the one in the SuperDome today.
Power is on!!! Game is back! Enjoy it. Imagine the 49ers win it?
Today Dr. Gregory Shaw Co-Director of the Crisis, disaster & risk management of the George Washington University, Washington DC, taught us the difference between Business Continuity (BC) and Emergency Management (EM) , and I narrowed it down to: BC as being the proactive approach to responding to, recovering from and returning to the normal state of operations prior to an incident; versus EM as being the reactive approach to responding to an incident where plans have been made, but may have lacked the exercises needed to measure performance.
I will keep posting more on Business Crisis and continuity management throughout the semester. Hoping I can come up with a good practical Business Continuity Program for the Honduran Consulate in Washington DC.
Please post your opinions and comments about the topic.
Its 9:20am and as I walk from the parking lot to the nearby coffee shop in Downtown DC, I notice most people unprepared for a possible snow storm that may or may not shut down the city and surrounding DC Metro area for a couple of hours.
Even though we are all aware of the weather forecast, we yet again miss out on the important details like: PREPAREDNESS, READINESS, CONTINUITY PLANS. What if you can’t open your business tomorrow, or can’t commute to work? As a worried and responsible citizen we are all responsible for preparing for the unexpected to later fulfill our responsibilities as service providers to society.
Identifying the resources and dedicating significant time to plan and prepare will be very rewarding thus minimizing the effects of an adverse event. Thanks to our friends @FEMA http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather ready.gov provides #preparedness tips for you to stay safe and prepare for the unexpected. It’s never to late to prepare.
@AmericanRedCross also provides very useful resources for preparedness http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family
iDisaster2.0 Interesting and worrisome
Kim Stephens has recently published this blog post that caught my attention. Why did this specific Social Media operative not pass on the important information down to the competent authorities? WMATA Twitter Operatives have a responsibility towards its users. Please give it a thought. http://idisaster.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/managing-public-expectations-or-not/