Business & Industry Council For Emergency Planning & Preparedness
Welcome Businesses & Organizations -
Staying Operational After Unexpected Disasters
BICEPP, Helping Businesses Become Disaster Resilient Since 1983...
BICEPP is a non-profit professional association of emergency management and business continuity professionals. Our goal is to provide a forum for information exchange in order to enhance disaster resilience within the business community.
BICEPP’s Mission: To provide a forum for information exchange to enhance emergency preparedness and contingency planning within the business community.
NEW WEBSITE: On this site, you’ll find a list of BICEPP's scheduled events; links to programs and events of interest to our members and friends; articles, links and resources helpful for the business and disaster communities; and specific disaster related information for the business community. Scroll down and use the buttons on the left to navigate our site. If you are new to BICEPP, we hope you will consider joining BICEPP to gain access to reduced event fees and resources reserved for BICEPP members only.
BICEPP is excited to be presenting a slate of high quality, professional and relevant programs for its membership and friends. Each is designed to help businesses prepare for and recover after a catastrophic event that can easily force a business to close forever.
Congratulations to those recently elected to
BICEPP's 2017-2018 Board of Directors
Each year nearly half of BICEPP's Board of Directors is up for re-election. Below are the results of the elections that were held in October 2016 for those board positions expiring in 2016. Congratulations to returning board members and our two new board members whose terms will expire in December 2018.....
2017 - 2018 Results
Terri Chapman (Delta Dental, Business Continuity Program Manager) - returning
Jeff Edelstein (SOS Survival Products, President) - returning
Glen Granholm (Safe-T-Proof, Vice President, Business Development) - new
Patty Kirby (Blue Can H2O, Executive Director) - returning
Ross Kocen (First on Scene, President) - returning
Stephen Robertson (Harbro, Account Manager) - new
Margaret Vinci (Caltech, Manager, Office of Earthquake Preparedness) - returning
Chris Wright (Amgen, Senior Manager, Worldwide Crisis Management) - returning
A complete list of current board members can be found in the
"Board of Directors 2016" menu item on the left.
BICEPP's 2016 Annual Awards Results
On Nov 3 BICEPP's Award's Dinner at the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, we recognized six organizations and people for their extraordinary contributions to disaster preparedness...
Congratulation's to this year's recipients...
President's Award: Tim Kneeland
Award of Excellence: Helinet Aviation
Recognition Awards: Children's Hospital of Los Angeles;
City of HopeNational Medical Center; Dennis Ortiz; & Jeff Lengyel
BICEPP Board Members Jeff Edelstein, Les Borsay, Nina Johnson, Margaret Vinci, Tim Kneeland (Holding his President's Award), Patty Kirby, Alan Farber, President Chris Wright and Nathan Wolfstein.
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Awardee Backgrounds Here
Please join us next November...
Checkout the Menus on the left of your screen:
- Public resources you will find helpful
- Job posting's folder has info on emergency & disaster management job openings...
Employee & Personal Survival
- Active Shooter - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department life saving information & video
- How To Protect Yourself: A Chronology, insights and resources from Stratfor (Strategic Forecasting, Inc.)
- Workplace Homicides from Shootings - Bureau of labor Statistics Jan 2013
- Active Shooter Preparedness - US Department of Homeland Security
The Odds of a Business Surviving A Disaster
- SBA - Planning for Disasters in Advance
- SBA - Emergency Preparedness Resources
Government Resources For Disaster Planning & Response (several government resources in other sections as well)
- City of Los Angeles - Office of Emergency Management
- Los Angeles County - Office of Emergency Management
- Cal OES - Governor's Office of Emergency Services
- California State Threat Assessment System
Newsletters and Miscellaneous Materials
- CESA (California Emergency Services Association) May 2016 Newsletter
- The COPE-Preparedness Newsletters - May 2016 & June 2016
- Continuity Insights
- Emergency Management Magazine and Newsletter
Southern California Earthquake Realities (updated 6/27/16)
- Added 6/27/2016 - Lack of preparation for massive earthquake could bring catastrophe, report says - LA Times
- Earthquake Country Alliance
- USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
- Facts, Fiction, & Friction: The Threat of Earthquakes in the U.S - Featuring Dr. Lucy Jones on Larry King Now and the Smithsonian
- Meet Lucy Jones, "The Earthquake Lady" - Smithsonian, Feb 2012
- San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says....May 4, 2016 - LA Times
- California quake warning system could start sending public alerts by 2018. May 16, 2016 - LA Times
Understanding ZIKA (updated 6/28/2016)
- Added 6/28/2016 - WHO - Brazil - Health Advice for Travellers to the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, Published 21 June 2016
- One year into the Zika outbreak: how an obscure disease became a global health emergency
- Zika and Traveling to the Summer Olympics (CDC Video - May 27, 2016)
- CDC travel advice for Olympics, 'Zika outbreak in Brazil is dynamic'
- CDC Video: Zika Virus Prevention: Summary for General Public in Puerto Rico (May 2016)
- Zika and Pregnancy: What You Should Know
- Fighting Zika virus in a Silver Lake backyard: The hunt for the 'cockroach of mosquitoes' - Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2016
Disaster & Business Recovery Information
NON-BICEPP EVENTS OF INTEREST TO THE DISASTER COMMUNITY
(not a complete list, of course - send event info to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration)
At the Least........Drop, Cover & Hold
EMPLOYEE AND PERSONAL SURVIVAL AT WORK
Life Saving Active Shooter Information - too many needless deaths
In light of the terrifying events that unfolded recently on the campus of #?UCLA, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that there is guidance and information, as well as materials and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation.
Please review #?LASD’s “Surviving an Active Shooter”, created to help people answer the question “What Would You Do”:
• IF YOU HAVE TO IMMEDIATELY EXIT A LOCATION, HOW CAN YOU DO SO SAFELY?
• IF YOU CANNOT GET OUTSIDE AND AWAY FROM THE THREAT, HOW CAN YOU SECURE YOURSELF AND THOSE WITH YOU AGAINST ATTACK?
• IF YOU MUST CONFRONT YOUR ATTACKER, HOW CAN YOU DO IT IN A WAY THAT GIVES YOU THE BEST CHANCE OF SUCCESS?
Watch video here: LA Active Shooter Video
On this site, you can also find links to materials produced by other agencies that will help you develop an action and emergency response plan.
How To Protect Yourself: A Chronology, Initially published November 16, 2015
Editor's Note: Events such as the Nov. 13 Paris attacks cannot always be predicted, but there are steps you can take to avoid imperiling yourself even more than the situation itself does. Click on the links to the following analyses, culled from the minds of Stratfor security experts, to learn how to increase your chances of survival should the worst happen.
Main Article Topics - Includes Several Helpful Links:
1. What is Your Best Weapon
2. Building Blocks of Personal Security: Reacting to Situation Danger
3. Building Blocks of Personal Security: Situational Awareness
4.Conversation: Reacting to Active Shooter Situations
Workplace Homicides from Shootings
Fact Sheet | Workplace Homicides from Shootings | January 2013
Recent tragedies around the country have focused attention on workplace violence in the United States. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides an annual count of fatal work injuries in the United States, including homicides. From 2006 to 2010, an average of 551 workers per year were killed as a result of work-related homicides.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aims to enhance preparedness through a ”whole community” approach by providing training, products, and resources to a broad range of stakeholders on issues such as active shooter awareness, incident response, and workplace violence. In many cases, there is no pattern or method to the selection of victims by an active shooter, and these situations are by their very nature are unpredictable and evolve quickly. DHS offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters.
Contents on this website...:
- Active Shooter Resources for Law Enforcement and Trainers: The National Summit on Multiple casualty Shootings, Progress Report on the President’s Executive Actions to Help Reduce Gun Violence, The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and Active Shooter Web Portal
- Active Shooter Training Provided by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)
- Active Shooter: What You Can Do Course
- Active Shooter Webinar
- Active Shooter Workshop Series
- Active Shooter: How to Respond Resource Materials
- Options for Consideration Active Shooter Preparedness Video
- Conducting Security Assessments: A Guide for Schools and Houses of Worship Webinar
- U.S. Secret Service (USSS) Active Shooter Related Research
THE ODDS OF A BUSINESS SURVIVING A DISASTER
SBA - Planning for Disasters in Advance
Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, yet, many owners fail to properly plan and prepare for disaster situations. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. You can protect your business by identifying the risks associated with natural and man-made disasters, and by creating a plan for action should a disaster strike. By keeping those plans updated, you can help ensure the survival of your business. SBA Business & Disaster Webpage
The resources below can help you develop a plan to protect your employees, lessen the financial impact of disasters, and re-open your business quickly to support economic recovery in your community.
If you need disaster assistance immediately, visit our Disaster Assistance page.
Resources listed courtesy of:
General Preparedness Information
Following a disaster, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) partners with FEMA to help disaster survivors. The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.
GOVERNMENT RESOURCES FOR DISASTER PLANNING & RESPONSE
City of Los Angeles - Emergency Management Department
With approximately 4 million residents and 400,000 business firms, the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) has the enormous task of planning and preparing all City departments, residents and businesses for man-made and natural emergencies, as well as coordinating subsequent response, recovery and mitigation efforts. Our Department Strategic Plan (click here to download) works to resolve the challenges in emergency management. Our goals are designed to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (SMART).
Los Angeles Emergency Management Department (EMD) Operations Links...
NotifyLA is the City of Los Angeles' official mass notification system used to send voice messages, text messages and email messages to residents and businesses during times of emergencies and disasters. Notifying the public when a disaster strikes might be the one and only safeguard the public can count on to save their lives and protect their property. It's easy to get started. Just fill in your information below.
County of Los Angeles - Office of Emergency Management
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has the responsibility for organizing and directing the preparedness efforts of the Emergency Management Organization of Los Angeles County. OEM is the day-to-day Los Angeles County Operational Area coordinator for the entire geographic area of the county. This broad responsibility includes:
Planning and Coordination * Operations • Training • Technical Operations • Public Education
Planning & Coordination Includes:
Maintaining an approved Operational Area Emergency Response Plan • Providing ongoing leadership and coordinating disaster plans and exercises with the 88 cities, 137 unincorporated communities and 288 special districts in the county • Assisting County departments to develop department emergency plans which address how they will perform both their non-deferrable missions and Operational Area duties during disasters • Assisting County departments with development of facility emergency plans for every occupied County facility • Supporting and advising the Board of Supervisors, Emergency Management Council and Emergency Preparedness Commission • Supporting and advising the Board of Supervisors in matters pertaining to their role as elected officials during emergencies and disasters.
Cal OES - Governor's Office of Emergency Services
For Businesses & Organizations - one of 27 divisions of Cal OES
Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today's world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. Examples of technology-related hazards are the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software.
If you are not sure whether your property or business is at risk from a disaster caused natural hazards, be sure to check the MyHazards website.
CAL OES - California State Threat Assessment System
Protecting society through shared information and communication
The State Threat Assessment System (STAS) helps safeguard the communities of California by serving as a dynamic security nexus comprised of the State, four Regional and a major urban area Fusion Center. The STAS assists in the detection, prevention, investigation and response to criminal and terrorist activity, disseminates intelligence and facilitates communications between state, local, federal, tribal agencies and private sector partners, to help them take action on threats and public safety issues. The STAS is a key component of California's Homeland Security Strategy.
NEWSLETTERS & MATERIALS OF INTEREST TO THE DISASTER COMMUNITY
(not a complete list, of course - send event info to email@example.com for consideration)
California Emergency Services Association (CESA)
May, 2016 Newsletter
CESA is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the promotion of mutual support and cooperation across disciplines in preparing for natural and human caused disasters and public emergencies. We are a dynamic organization of the the leaders and practitioners in Preparedness, Response, Recovery, Mitigation, and Protection in California.
The COPE-Preparedness Newsletter
May & June 2016 Issues
The COPE-Preparedness Newsletter is a compilation of emergency management and preparedness information important to our community stakeholders.
COPE is a 501c3 non-profit with a mission: "Promoting Emergency Preparedness through Proactive Community Outreach". COPE is a collaboration of dedicated professionals, community leaders, and concerned citizens. COPE provides preparedness training programs and community forums.
Business continuity is an organizational imperative, not just to safeguard the enterprise, but its resulting cause and effect on employees, customers, shareholders, partners, reputation, public/private partners, regulatory bodies, and many other entities. Making the case for business continuity has never been a more important discussion, as today’s professionals have clearly embraced resiliency over recovery. The limitless nature of business disruptions demand that practitioners develop comprehensive plans, engage in continuous education, and leverage today’s leading-edge technologies, methods, products, and services.
Continuity Insights Newsletter
Timely industry news, exclusive features, blogs from industry experts and new products and services are compiled in an easy to read format, making the CI Bulletin an invaluable resource for business continuity professionals who’ve subscribed to our mailing list.
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE REALITIES
Lack of preparation for massive earthquake could bring catastrophe, report says
Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2016
Southern California’s smaller cities and large businesses must take the threat of a crippling earthquake far more seriously than they have been, a committee of business, public policy and utility leaders said Thursday, saying action is needed to “prevent the inevitable disaster from becoming a catastrophe.”
Despite strides made by the city of Los Angeles to focus on earthquake safety, Southern California still faces significant threats that haven’t been resolved.
One of the most ominous is the looming threat on the edge of Southern California’s sprawling metropolis — the Cajon Pass. It’s a narrow mountain pass where the San Andreas fault — California’s longest and one of its most dangerous — intersects with combustible natural gas and petroleum pipelines, electrical transmission lines, train tracks and Interstate 15 north of San Bernardino.
Earthquake Country Alliance
The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) is a public-private partnership of people, organizations, and regional alliances that work together to improve preparedness, mitigation and resiliency.
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program is part of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), established by Congress in 1977. We monitor and report earthquakes, assess earthquake impacts and hazards, and research the causes and effects of earthquakes.
Facts, Fiction, & Friction: The Threat of Earthquakes in the U.S
March 30, 2016 "Larry King Now" Interview With Lucy Jones
“We are absolutely at risk. Plate tectonics goes on here in California. We are sitting on a plate boundary. We have to have an earthquake the size of Northridge every decade or so on average....People are afraid of dying by the earthquake, but you should really be more afraid of being bankrupted by the earthquake. Eighteen hundred dead but 213 billion dollars in losses was our estimate when we worked it all out for this. 300,000 buildings lose more than ten percent their value.”
BICEPP wishes Dr. Jones well in her expected very busy retirement....
San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says....
The San Andreas fault is one of California’s most dangerous, and is the state’s longest fault. Yet for Southern California, the last big earthquake to strike the southern San Andreas was in 1857, when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured an astonishing 185 miles between Monterey County and the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles. It has been quiet since then — too quiet, said Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center.
California quake warning system could start sending public alerts by 2018 - Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2016
In a major reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking state funds for a fledgling earthquake early warning system for California, which would allow for a limited rollout of alerts by 2018.
A limited rollout of the system in two years would mean that places such as classrooms, offices, shopping malls, amusement parks and police and fire stations could have ready access to alerts that would give seconds, and perhaps more than a minute, of warning before strong shaking comes in a big earthquake. LA Times graphic of how the system works.
UNDERSTANDING THE ZIKA VIRUS
WHO - Brazil - Health Advice for Travellers to the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, 21 June 2016
The XXXI Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, Brazil, will take place from 5 to 21 August 2016 and from 7 to 18 September 2016 respectively. Five additional cities will be hosting matches of the Olympic football tournament - Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador, and São Paulo. The following recommendations are intended to advise national health authorities and health care providers about practices and measures for travellers visiting Brazil to stay safe and healthy.
One year into the Zika outbreak: how an obscure disease became a global health emergency
In early February 2015, doctors in the impoverished northeastern part of Brazil noticed a surge in the number of people complaining about a mild illness, with and without fever, characterized by rash, fatigue, joint pains, and red eyes. The illness was brief and recovery was spontaneous.
Zika and Traveling to the Summer Olympics (CDC Video)
Published on May 27, 2016 (56 sec)
Even though the Zika virus poses a high risk for pregnant women, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden explains why there is no public health reason for canceling the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
CDC travel advice for Olympics, ‘Zika outbreak in Brazil is dynamic’
With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil only three months away and the Zika and dengue outbreaks running rampant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice last week for spectators of the games and the September Paralympics and offered advice for keeping healthy.
CDC's Zika Virus Prevention: Summary for General Public in Puerto Rico
Basic info for the people of Puerto Rico, but very relevant for Southern California.
Zika and Pregnancy: What You Should Know
Based on current knowledge, the greatest risk for complications from
Zika is to a pregnant woman’s fetus. If a pregnant woman is infected with Zika, she can pass the virus to her fetus. Zika has been linked to cases of microcephaly, a serious birth defect, and is a sign that the baby is born with a smaller brain, which can result in medical problems and impaired development.
Fighting Zika virus in a Silver Lake backyard: The hunt for the 'cockroach of mosquitoes' - Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2016
With the threat of Zika virus looming and summer approaching, that bug problem has turned into a pressing public health concern.“This is very, very, very serious,” said Edward McCabe, chief medical officer for the March of Dimes and an emeritus professor of pediatrics at UCLA. “We wouldn’t want L.A. to turn out to be ground zero for endemic Zika in the U.S."
Photo: Vector control specialists Yessenia Avilez, left, and Randy Garcia clear out the debris from a tub of water in a Silver Lake yard as they hunt for mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
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