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ACP November 2014 Tabletop Exercise

Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) - First State Chapter (Delaware)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

ACP November 2014 Tabletop Exercise

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The First State Chapter Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) will be conducting a Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BCDR) Tabletop Exercise as part of their chapter meeting on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 from 9am to 12:00pm at the Wilmington University, Wilson Graduate Center, 31 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720.  The room number will be posted on the front door of the building upon arrival.  The Wilmington University receptionist can also be reached at 302-655-5400. Attendees must RSVP by close of business on Thursday, November 6th. Light breakfast pastries & beverages will be provided.
The tabletop discussion will evolve around simple guidelines for creating a successful business continuity and disaster recovery plan” and will be presented by Harry R. Fisher, MBA, PMP.  This tabletop activity will include representatives from 10 areas (Hospital, Refinery, University, Elementary School, First Responders, Government, Senior Center, Farm, City Office Building, and Apartment).

Businesses are taking a fresh look at their BCDR strategies, and most are finding they fall painfully short. The time it takes to overcome any disaster, be it flood, fire, water main break, equipment failure, attacks preventing network availability, etc. can all create not just minutes or hours of downtime, but days.

  • Nearly 4 in 5 (78%) of businesses faced with a catastrophe without a contingency plan are out of business within 2 years.
  • 9 in 10 (90%) of companies unable to resume business operations within 5 days of a disaster are out of business within 1 year.

One of the obligations all enterprise executives share is ensuring the survival of the enterprise in the event of disaster, either a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, or an unnatural disaster like an act of terrorism. Developing, documenting, and deploying a BCDR enterprise plan can be a difficult, time-consuming exercise.

Testing can also be an expensive proposition. As such, many enterprise planners are embracing "tabletop" exercises as a more economical approach to plan validation. Tabletop tests are similar in concept to the training pilots receive in aircraft simulators, and are useful in enabling business continuity personnel to practice their skills in a safe environment.

Join us and participate in this simulated community-based event and learn about the potential impacts of Hurricane Sandy on the Wilmington Delaware community.  Learn BCDR best practices, and draft a basic BCDR Plan consisting of a Risk Assessment, Business Impact Analysis, and basic information about 10 pre-selected sites for the event.  Have fun in a mock online competition to experience the challenge of racing against the clock in your team to warm-up while learning basic BCDR vocabulary terms.  A template is provided to make this activity fun and easy to complete.  Each team will briefly share their expected business impacts from a Hurricane to wrap-up the event.

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Please RSVP to the chapter via email at for further information about ACP and directions to the meeting location.  Parking is free!

Harry R. Fisher, MBA, PMP

Harry is a member of the ACP First State Chapter Board, and author of a book of the book “Simple Guidelines for Creating a Successful Disaster Recovery PlanWhat are the steps to create an Emergency Response Plan, and how would you utilize this plan? The book will be published in December 2014 at Amazon.  He is a Wilmington University Adjunct Professor teaching graduate courses in the Information Assurance department.  Harry is also an Area Testing Manager for the Bank of America as a consultant leading 25 software testing teams.  He was the Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Amerihealth Mercy Health Plan located in Philadelphia, PA.  He established their Disaster Recovery Plan, performed DR Drills, and directed testing as they migrated their Data Center to a new state-of-the-art Data Center located near the Philadelphia Airport to support rapid growth and reduce potential risks to the organization.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity – RSVP TODAY!
Attendees must RSVP by close of business on Thursday, November 6th.

Walk-ins are welcome!

Have questions about ACP November 2014 Tabletop Exercise? Contact Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) - First State Chapter (Delaware)

When & Where

Wilmington University
31 Reads Way
Wilson Graduate Center
New Castle, DE 19720

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

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Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) - First State Chapter (Delaware)

Welcome to the First State Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP).  ACP is a professional organization that provides a forum for the exchange of experiences and information for business continuity leaders throughout a network of local Chapters.  The First State Chapter serves all three counties within the state of Delaware.  Meetings are held in various locations throughout the state and occur on the second Tuesday of every other month.  We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

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