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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.

Every year BICEPP schedules a series of programs and events designed to help emergency managers, business owners, professionals and interested individuals prepare for, survive, and recover after a catastrophic event. Don't let a fire, flood, earthquake, tornado or severe storm negatively impact you and your life forever. Whether you are a member of BICEPP or not, most of our offerings are open to anyone interested.

2017 BICEPP Quicklinks:
7/27/2017 - BICEPP's Disaster Survival Skills Workshop - applying survival skills after the disaster to keep people alive. 

Discover what it really takes for people to survive, even when provisions and help are unavailable. Learn how people survive impossible odds in tough wilderness conditions. And build useful skills in this 3rd annual BICEPP workshop.

Final BICEPP Survival July 27, 2017.pages.pdf

Checkout BICEPP's Job Postings

Scroll down for an informative "Anchoring" video below...

Click for a typical calendar view instead of a list view....

Upcoming Events
BICEPP Upcoming Events - Please Join Us

BICEPP's 2017-2018 Board of Directors

Each year, nearly half of BICEPP's Board of Directors are up for re-election. A complete list of current board members can be found by pressing the button below. If interested in becoming a board member, please come to a few meetings so we can get to know you.


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 Hope National Medical Center; Dennis Ortiz; & Jeff Lengyel

BICEPP Historic Awardees Here

Contents Below (please scroll down)

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...

        Job Postings Here...

Just added - the principles and techniques of anchorage.....

GlenAnchoring.jpgEarthquake Anchorage Protocol Options for Businesses


Glen Granholm, Vice-President of Safe-T-Proof Presents:

How do you know what items need to be secured? Determining the best bracing protocol. This video will answer many of your questions.

Glen is also a member of BICEPP's Board of Directors in addition to being an "anchoring" expert.

Check out this very informative video

This post is not a BICEPP endorsement of a product or service. However, it is something we feel our membership and disaster professionals will find extremely helpful. We are always interested in credible materials that will better prepare each of us to survive unexpected emergencies.

  • BICEPP Sponsored Events of Interest to the Disaster Community

    • Rapid Recovery Series - Six locations throughout LA County - 8 to 9 am, beginning on Feb 2, 2017
    • ACP - Cybersecurity and How to Protect Yourself and Your Organization, Feb 14, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
    • 2017 Continuity Insights Management Conference
    • QuakeSmart 2017 LA events

    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
    • NotifyLA
    • 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
    • Added 6/27/2016Lack 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
    • 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
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    Disaster & Business Recovery Information

    (not a complete list, of course - send event info to for consideration)

    "The 2017 Continuity Insights Management Conference is being held April 24-26 in Denver, Colorado. This is a great professional development opportunity for those involved in emergency management/response, crisis management, business continuity and disaster recovery"
     Chris Wright, BICEPP President

    The industry’s leading event for experienced business continuity professionals, with highly relevant, timely, and forward-thinking content. Over its three days there are nearly 60 breakout sessions, compelling keynote presentations, and valuable networking opportunities with industry colleagues. In addition, full conference attendees earn Continuing Education Activity Points.

    Website here....
    Continuity InsightsI 2017 Conference Announcement

    QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshop for Business and Organizations

    2017 Los Angeles Area Events
    QuakeSmart 2017 LA Dates
    QuakeSmart 2017 Program Highlights


    Get ReadyRC. Join us for a QuakeSmart Business Preparedness Workshop.

    At the Least........Drop, Cover & Hold
    Protect yourself. Spread the word.  Drop, Cover & Hold Website
    Drop Cover Hold Simple


    Life Saving Active Shooter Information - too many needless deaths
    What Would You Do Saying

    LA County SheriffIn 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.

    What would you do

    Please review #?LASDs “Surviving an Active Shooter”, created to help people answer the question “What Would You Do”:






    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


    BureauOfLaborStats Logo.pngFact 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.


    More info at


    Active Shooter Preparedness - US Department of Homeland Security
    HomelandSecurityLogo.jpgThe 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

    Without An Emergency Plan...

    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


    SBA - Emergency Preparedness Resources     (SBA Recommended Resourses Page Here)
    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.
    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.



    City of Los Angeles - Emergency Management Department

    LA City LogoLA EOM LogoWith 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...


    notifyLAlacityp_029460.jpgNotifyLA 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.

    Website here...


    County of Los Angeles - Office of Emergency Management

    LAC CEO OEM LOGOLA County home_collageThe 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

    Cal OES Lgo

    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 

    CalStateThreatAssesmentLogoProtecting 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.


    (not a complete list, of course - send event info to 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.

    Check out CESA's Newsletter - CESA May 2016 Newsletter

    The COPE-Preparedness Newsletter
    May & June 2016 Issues
    COPE Preparedness Newsletter 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.

    Continuity Insights

    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.

    Emergency Management

    EM_Mg_Sr=pring2016EmergencyManMagLogoJoin 50,000 subscribers. The only media platform dedicated to fostering collaboration 

    across the entire emergency management community, Emergency Management brings together the leaders who drive the nation’s prevention, protection, response and recovery operations. Our award-winning editorial coverage provides the first responder community with vital information and best practices for strategies, tactics, technical solutions and policies. Start or renew a FREE subscription today and learn about the most pressing issues and solutions in emergency management, public safety and homeland security.



    Lack of preparation for massive earthquake could bring catastrophe, report says
     Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2016
    LA Times Unprepared Article

    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. 


     LA Times Article here....LA Times Article Link here...

    Earthquake Country Alliance Logo2The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) is a public-private partnership of people, organizations, and regional alliances that work together to improve preparedness, mitigation and resiliency.

    ECA provides information and resources to help everyone who lives, works, or travels in earthquake country get prepared to survive and recover quickly, by following the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.

    The links are very helpful, as well as this FEMA video: When the Earth Shakes by FEMA


    USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
    USGS LogoThe 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.”
    Website highlights here Larry King Now March 30, 2016 or enjoy the entire Interview (28 minutes) here.
    BICEPP wishes Dr. Jones well in her expected very busy retirement....
    "Meet Lucy Jones, the Earthquake LadySmithsonian, Feb 2012

    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
    LA Times graphic of how the system works.Early earthquake warning systemIn 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.



    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)

    Video Link CDC Olympics and ZIKA
     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’ 

    RIO Olympics

    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
    Vector Control staff working to find and eliminate water sources that are perfect breeding grounds for the Aedes mosquito.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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