Disaster Preparedness: Training

On the alternative months, you may test other plans such as restoring snapshots of virtual servers, or placing systems on battery power to test how long they can run. Opt to do a full drill at least twice a year and plan out specific and smaller training exercise at regular intervals. Notes and Documentation In the IT department I ran, whenever we had training, all staff members in attendance at the training session were required to sign a log book. Keeping track of which staff members have been trained and their last training sessions attended is vital in keeping tabs on who still needs to be trained and who needs to be updated on training procedures. It’s also a good idea to take notes during and after drills and exercises. Document any procedures staff may have been confused about. Note how long it takes to move to contingency plans. By all means, listen to staff input or complaints about emergency procedures. Most employees want to know what they are supposed to do and how they can help in an emergency, so use their experience and knowledge for fine-tuning the plan as well.
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Disaster Preparedness: Tips For Your Startup

When your data center operator promises redundancy, is he talking about two server racks next to each other, or does he offer true geographic redundancy? Does that redundancy include delivering your data and services from the redundant location, or is it intended for backup recovery only? Delegate tasks to your team:Do you have a clear chain of command for which employees would do what? Not only should specific employees be assigned to perform required tasks, but you should assign alternates, as well. In the face of a disaster, you cannot anticipate that certain employees will be able to reach you. If one employee works a distance from your office, consider covering a cost for a standby generator at that location, as well, in case your office ends up at the epicenter of an event. Create a basic recovery plan:Have you created a basic disaster recovery outline that indicates what activities are essential and which are not? Have you considered whether your vendors may be at risk? FEMA offers an excellent planning resource for free. Theres even a self-directed exercise for evaluating and testing the efficiency of your plan using scenarios from ice storms and blackouts to hurricanes. If you prefer templates, the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) offers an online library . But dont go crazy.
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Nigeria: Disaster Management Misunderstood

But experts say what could be as concerning is that family preparedness fares far worse than any governmental infrastructure. “It’s really in the personal preparedness phase rather than the response phase that we need to be paying more attention,” said Jonathon Links, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness in Baltimore. In fact, according to Links, most cities and towns across the United States have experienced some type of natural disaster. Yet, it is estimated that only about 10 percent of households are prepared to handle emergencies. Emergency Preparation is Both Physical and Mental, Experts Say For many families, the answer is simple, says ABC News’ chief health and medical editor, Dr Richard Besser.
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Disaster Preparedness: Could the U.S. Hold Water?

But they may not be as lucky as opponents of a lavish rooftop villa in Beijing. The temple in Shenzhen is believed to have been on the roof for about seven years but the complaints have hit the spotlight only after a doctor in Beijing was given 15 days to demolish his 800-square-metre (8,600-square-foot) house and 8list – Thu, Aug 22, 2013 So you just watched ‘The Conjuring.’ Kel reminds you of when ‘sanib’ was a thing. Golden Calls: Will China embrace a champagne iPhone? Reuters – Thu, Aug 22, 2013 BEIJING (Reuters) – If Apple hopes to woo more Chinese by adding a glitzy coating – some call it champagne, some gold – to its next iPhone, it may be in for a surprise. While gold is hugely popular as a safe haven and a status symbol – China is set to overtake India as the world’s biggest gold consumer this year – shoppers at an Apple store in Beijing weren’t all convinced it should be coupled with that pinnacle of mobile gadgetry. Ni Suyang, a 49-year old worker at a Beijing state-owned Sliced and diced, digitally: autopsy as a service Reuters – Wed, Aug 21, 2013 By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Malaysian entrepreneur Matt Chandran wants to revive the moribund post-mortem by replacing the scalpel with a scanner and the autopsy slab with a touchscreen computer. He believes his so-called digital autopsy could largely displace the centuries-old traditional knife-bound one, speeding up investigations, reducing the stress on grieving families and placating religious sensibilities. … Chubby Checker can sue HP over genital-measuring app, judge says Reuters – Sat, Aug 17, 2013 By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The musician famous for the Twist dance style can sue Hewlett Packard Co over allegations that the tech company used his trademarked name “Chubby Checker” on a software app that purports to measure a man’s genitals. In a ruling on Thursday, U.S.
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NGCP steps up disaster preparedness

During the 2012 flood disaster and the earlier flood disasters in Lagos and Ibadan respectively, the President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the Vice-President, Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo visited all the stricken states to commiserate with the governments and people. During such visits, federal assistance was given. Surely, Femi Akinola is not unaware of the Presidential Committee on the 2012 Flood Disaster – the Dangote Committee and the N17.4 billion from the Federal Government to assist the states cope with the emergency. The writer also quoted Olajuyigbe of Action Aid as saying that emergency management in Nigeria lacks policy framework and enabling legislations, among others. This is not correct. NEMA and stakeholders have developed not less than seven comprehensive plans to streamline emergency response in Nigeria. The plans include: National Response Plan, Search and Rescue (SAR) and Epidemic Evacuation Plan, National Disaster Management Framework, National Contingency Plan, National Contingency Plan on Infrastructural Resuscitation, National Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Plan and Nigerian Influenza Pandemic Preparedness.
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