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BICEPP - Helping Businesses Become Disaster Resilient
Founded under the direction of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley in 1983

BICEPP: a non-profit professional association of emergency management and business continuity professionals from both the private and public sector. Our mission is to provide a forum for information exchange in order to enhance disaster resilience within the business community.

Mission: Our goal is to provide a forum for information exchange to enhance emergency preparedness and contingency planning within the business community.


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 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.


Sign-up for Membership Here

BICEPP Board of Directors Meetings & Events
Currently, our meetings are held virtually. Please email President Les Borsay if you are interested in attending via Zoom. Our BOD meetings are open to BICEPP members and friends.

Obviously, BICEPP has also placed it's events on hold until COVID-19 and social distancing are behind us. Please review our site for several private and governmental resources that can help businesses and individuals navigate this extremely challenging pandemic.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Coronavirus (COVID-19)  Resources

BICEPP PR Web News Release - May 8, 2020

BICEPP.ORG Provides Helpful Information to Combat COVID-19

BICEPP, the Business and Industry Council for Emergency Planning and Preparedness continues to provide valuable COVID-19 information on its website,

“BICEPP continues to be critical conduit for the Los Angeles business community facing the consequences of COVID-19. Important Information specific to the issues businesses are facing during the current pandemic is coming in at an accelerated rate, and our website is a great place for businesses to visit and obtain the most helpful information,” said Les Borsay, current BICEPP President.

BICEPP’s mission is to provide a forum for information exchange to enhance emergency preparedness and contingency planning within the business community.

Current BICEPP President, Les Borsay is available for interview opportunities for media organizations in the Southern California region. Please call (213) 386-4524 or email us at to schedule. Participation in BICEPP can benefit businesses by updating them with the latest techniques and information in the emergency planning and preparedness process. BICEPP’s role is to bring together the resources of business and industry with public service agencies to help educate and prepare the community.

Since 1983, BICEPP has provided a forum for information exchange to enhance emergency preparedness and contingency planning within the Los Angeles business community.

Contact Information Les Borsay
PDF Copy Here

Participate - Several Options Exist

Check Out:
Californians For All - Volunteers

Follow guidelines & give blood if possible
Find Out Where

NOVA - Decoding COVID-19

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has upended life as we know it in a matter of mere months. But at the same time, an unprecedented global effort to understand and contain the virus-and find a treatment for the disease it causes-is underway. Join the doctors on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as they strategize to stop the spread, and meet the researchers racing to find treatments and vaccines. Along the way, discover how this devastating disease emerged, what it does to the human body, and why it exploded into a pandemic.

KCET Public Television of Southern California: Enjoy This Excellent 54 Minute Presentation Here

The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them
(very credible, detailed, informative and useful 

By Dr. Erin Bromage (May 2020)

It seems many people are breathing some relief, and I’m not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted. We have robust data from the outbreaks in China and Italy, that shows the backside of the mortality curve declines slowly, with deaths persisting for months...

Dr. Bromage joined the Faculty of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2007 where he 
teaches courses in Immunology and Infectious disease
, including a course this semester on the Ecology of Infectious Disease which focused on the emerging SARS-CoV2 outbreak in China.

May 2020 - The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them.pdf

May 22 - (Washington Post) What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

May 21 - (Washington Post) Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website state
May 2020 (CDC) How Coronavirus Spreads.pdf
May 20 - (LA Times) Are pools-lakes-ocean-calm-these-experts-safe for COVID-19?

May 14 (CNN) - Black light experiment shows how quickly a virus like Covid-19 can spread at a restaurant
May 14 (Health Affairs) - Strong Social Distancing Measures In The United States Reduced The COVID-19 Growth Rate  PDF Here

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May 26 - (LA Times) Coronavirus ‘silent spreaders’ become a bigger risk as California reopens


Do you have COVID-19?
Apple & CDC Screening Tool (May 15, 2020)

Apple & CDC Screening Tool (Insures Privacy)

Emory University School of Medicine's

COVID-19 Coronavirus Checker

Consumer Reports
May 4 2020 (CR) - Fever, Cough & Body Aches With Mild COVID-19.pdf


Current State of California Info Here - Where California is Today 

Governor Newsom's Briefings
Los Angeles County
City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office

These are covered by several local stations

Los Angeles COVID-19 Testing Information

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City of LA Video - What's It's Like To Be Tested Video - Courtesy of the City of Los Angeles
May 13 - Governor Newsom Announces California has Conducted Over 1 Million Diagnostic Tests for COVID-19 as Testing Capacity Ramps Up

 May 15 2020 (New England Journal of Medicine) Failing the Test - The Tragic Data Gap Undermining the US Pandemic Response.pd

California Reopening Phases - Posted May 19, 2020

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Where we are in the phases of reopening California according to the Newsom administration’s roadmap. (Priya Krishnakumar/Los Angeles Times)


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May 26 - (LACPHO_Order_Reopening_Safer_at_Work_and_in_the_Community_05262020_FINAL.pdf
May 26 - (LA Times) Hair salons, barbershops can reopen now, in Stage 3 of Newsom’s plan; L.A. also loosens some restrictions 
May 20 - (LA Times) California is finally making progress in the coronavirus battle, even as deaths

May 19 - Los Angeles County officials’ newest goal is to more fully reopen the economy by July 4, officials said Tuesday
May 18 - Newsom eases California reopening rules, allowing more counties to restart their economies

May 6, 2020 Roadmap To Recovery.pdf

May 13 - LA County Revised Stay at Home Order.pdf

LA County Protocol Appendices:
May 22 - Public Health Protocols for Retail Establishments Opening for Curbside Pickup: Appendix B.pdf

May 13 - Protocol for Social Distancing: Appendix A
May 13 - Protocols for Retail Establishments Opening for Curbside Pickup: Appendix B
May 13 - Reopening Protocol for Warehousing, Manufacturing and Logistic Establishments: Appendix C

CDC May 14 Releases For Opening Various Spaces (brief tips)
May 14 (CDC) Restaurants-and-bars-decision-tree.pdf
May 14 (CDC) Workplace-decision-tree.pdf
May 14 (CDC) Schools-Decision-Tree.pdf
May 14 (CDC) Childcare-Decision-Tree.pdf
May 14 (CDC) Camps-Decision-Tree.pdf
May 14 (CDC) MassTransit-DecisionTree.pdf

 (May 2020) Just Published CDC Guidelines - Document Here

CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again

Appendix A: Surveillance for COVID-19 

Appendix B: Healthcare System Surveillance

Appendix C: Guidance on Infection Control and Contact Tracing

Appendix D: Guidance on Test Usage (Asymptomatic Populations and Serology)

Appendix E: Assessing Surveillance and Hospital Gating Indicators

Appendix F: Setting Specific Guidance

Valuable CDC Guidance Documents Here

Apr/May PDF - CDC Initial Unpublished Guidance For Opening - From Washington Post

Child Care Programs; Schools and Day Camps; Communities of Faith; Employers with Vulnerable Workers; Restaurants and Bars; and Mass Transit Administrators

California Department of Public Health
May 12 (CDPH) Ca State GUIDANCE-dine-in-restaurants.pdf
May 12 (CDPH) Ca State CHECKLIST-dine-in-restaurants.pdf
May 25 - (CDPH) Guidance-places-of-worship.pdf

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Reopening Orders and Resources 

California, Los Angeles County & the City of Los Angeles

May 13 - (County of Los Angeles) Rental Assistance for Tenants and Mom-and-Pop Landlords Affected by the Economic Impact of COVID-19

May 13 (LA Times) - Which California counties are reopening?
May 12 - Gov Newsom - Rules to reopen California restaurants, malls - Los Angeles Times.pdf
May 12 - (LA Times) - L.A. County could keep stay-at-home orders in place well into summer, depending on conditionsons
May 8 - (LA County Public Health) LA County Conditional and Limited Reopening of Certain Lower - Risk Retail Businesses, Golf Courses, and Public Trails & Auto Dealerships 
May 7 - LA Times: Newsom unveils rules governing how quickly CA communities can reopen businesses
May 6 - Los Angeles County - May 8 Opening Schedule
May 6 - LA Times: What California reopening will look like, from food to retail
May 5 - Cal/OSHA COVID-19-Infection-Prevention-in-Construction.pdf
May 05 - Governor's Update on Californias Progress Toward Stage 2 Reopening  (PDF of Article Here)

Apr 29 LA Times: California’s reopening plan for stores, offices, schools, sports...
Apr 14 - Gov Newsom Outlines Guidelines

Apr 14 - California Roadmap to Modify the Stay at Home Order.pdf

COVID-19 Government Links

City of Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles Homepage
Keeping Los Angeles Safe - COVID-19
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Los Angeles City Small Business Emergency Microloan Program


City of Los Angeles Safer at Home Order 2020.03.19.pdf
Guidelines for Wearing a Mask
Worker Protection Order 2020_04_07.pdf
April 10 - Los Angeles Safer At Home Update.pdf

City of Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center
May 26 COVID-19-Update_5.26.20.pdf 
May 21 - COVID-19-Update EOC.pdf
May 15 - EOC COVID-19 Update.pdf
May 15 - EOC LA City Joint Information System Report.pdf
May 7 - COVID-19 Update.pdf
May 8 - LA City Joint Information System Report- May 8, 2020.pdf

County of Los Angeles

COVID-19 LA County
LA County of Public Health
LA County Consumer & Business Affairs
Mar 21 - LA County Notice To Customers.pdf 
Apr 10 - FAQ - Safer at Home Order Updates.pdf

State of California
State of California Homepage
Coronaviris (COVID-19) in California
CA Labor & Workforce - Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers
California Business and Employers Site
Covered California for Small Businesses
Finding Child Care   PDF Here
Mar 19 - State of California stay at Home Order
April 1 - State of California Executuve Order N-40-20 Posted
April 14 - State Guidelines for re-opening CA Businesses
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program

Federal Government (White House)
Apr 16 - Federal Guidelines Getting Back to Work.pdf

Small Business Administration
SBA Homepage
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Covid FAQs Final.pdf

Centers For Disease Control

Center for Disease Control - COVID-19
CDC's Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC 30 days coronavirus-guidance.pdf - Cancelled May 1. Left for reference.
CDC - State & Territorial Health Department Websites

US Food & Drug Administration
Apr 21 (USFDA) Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up:Delivery Service
Apr 21 (USFDA) COVID_Retail Best Practices_Full Fact Sheet_2.pdf

World Health Organization
 World health Organization        

US State Department
US Dept of State Travel Updates

Coronavirus (COVID 19) Response
FEMA - Coronavirus Rumer Control
May 12 Updates - Exercise Starter Kit for Workshop on Reconstituting Operations
May 1 - Applicant Quick Guide - Completing and Submitting a COVID-19 Streamlined....pdf
May 14 - FEMA PA COVID-19 60-Day Deadline to Identify Damage Memo.pdf

US Fire Administration's

Emergency Management and Response - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) - US Fire Admin - COVID-19.pdf

Additional Resources

Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19

This operational toolkit has been developed to help business owners who are considering reopening or expanding their operations to determine their establishments’ risk of transmission of COVID-19 and how to reduce it.


Instruction Manual.pdf
Business RA Worksheet.pdf
Assessment Calculator Business Operational Toolkit.xlsx

May - United Contractor COVID_19_Site_Specific_Safety_Plan.pdf

May 14 (WA Post) Nearly half of laid-off Americans are barely ‘getting by,’ new Federal Reserve data

Mar 28 - America Enterprise Institute's National Coronavirus Response-a-Road-Map to Recovering.pdf

Apr 23 - Continuity Insights - You Can’t Stop: The Time to Plan for Office Re-Opening is Now
Apr 29 - EPA - Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes PDF Copy Here
Apr 20 - Cushman & Wakefield - Recovery Readiness:A How-To Guide For Reopening Your Workplace PDF
Mar - OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 PDF
Apr  - (White House/CDC) Guidelines-for-Opening-Up-America-Again.pdf
Apr/May PDF - (Washington Post) CDC Guidance

Child Care Programs 

Schools and Day Camps 

Communities of Faith 

Employers with Vulnerable Workers 

Restaurants and Bars 

Mass Transit Administrators

US Gov't - Safety Practices For Critical Workers Possibly Exposed to COVID-19.pdf
Apr 29 - ICSC COVID-19 Re-Opening Best Practices

ACP (Association of Contingency Planners) Program
June 9 Webinar - Getting Ahead of the Curve: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Pandemic

Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) Programs
General Stanley McChrystal: Leading through Crisis (Virtual Session - May 26, 10 to 11 am)

Santa Monica's RAND Corporation

 RAND Corporation's Take
The Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions - STATE POLICY EVALUATION TOOL
May 20 The Health and Economic Impacts of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions to Address COVID-19.pdf
May 8 - Estimating the Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Interventions | RAND

Disability Concerns
Pacific ADA Center

Ensuring Business Continuity in a World of COVID-19.pdf
COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions About Getting Back to Work.pdf

Apple has released a free application using the latest CDC guidance
COVID-19 App

Seattle Times - COVID-19 Myths
Apr - Seattle Times Facts Checking: Debunking 10 myths about COVID-19.pdf

New York Times

Coronavirus- Which Mask Should You Wear? - The New York Times

Current Stats

John Hopkins University & Medicine

Small Business COVID-19 Webinars For Businesses

BICEPP Highly Recommends Zooming these Small Business COVID-19 Webinars

Techniques & Resources For Survival During COVID-19


I’d like to highly recommend the Small Business Forum, usually taking place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10am. These extremely valuable ZOOM virtual sessions are free and help businesses to work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please feel free to share this information with other businesses in the area. We will list some of the session as they are scheduled, but you can always get information from the sponsoring organizationsLos Angeles Area Chamber of CommerceDr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, and Wells Fargo.
Stay safe, stay well. Les Borsay, President, BICEPP, The J. Paul Getty Trust

State of the Pandemic, Financial Resources, SBA Loan Programs, and other Resources

Tuesday & Fridays - 
10:00 am

Webinar Information & Registration Here

For future event listings and recordings of past webinars:
Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society

STI Announces Online COVID-19 Awareness Classes


California - Office of Emergency Management - California Special Training Institute


To help you, your employees and their families better understand this novel coronavirus, CSTI has posted a series of brief awareness-level classes on our Learning Management System. Learning more about this threat helps us all prepare our communities to survive it. 

Available titles include:

• Coronavirus: COVID-19

 Coronavirus: Precautions and Prevention: Common Sense Hygiene

 Coronavirus: Precautions and Prevention: Coronavirus Preparedness

 Coronavirus: Precautions and Prevention: Stay Calm, Stay Informed

 Coronavirus: Precautions and Prevention: Travel Safely

Information & Registration Here

Natural Disasters in the Time of COVID-19

May 20 (BBC) Coronavirus: What does it mean for natural disaster response?
May 15 - (LA Times) 6.4 earthquake hits in western Nevada, felt in California
May10 (LA Times) - Coronavirus raises big worries over California wildfires.pdf
May 9 (The Atlantic) The Worst Possible Time for a Natural Disaster.pdf
May 4 (RAND) - Hurricane Season in Light of COVID-19.pdf
Apr 20 (KQED) - How Can California Fight Wildfires in the Middle of a Pandemic.pdf
Apr 17 (Nat Geo) - What happens when natural disasters strike during a pandemic.pdf
Apr 16 (Scientific American) - What Happens When Other Disasters Hit during a Pandemic.pdf
Outsmart Disaster Site

CA ShakeOut

And COVID-19

Please join us for the Earthquake Country Alliance Southern California workshop:

Wednesday, May 20th, from 10:00 - 11:30, online!

Register Here   So Cal Regional Workshop PDF Here

Workshop Topics:

  • Presentation: Responding to an Earthquake in the COVID-19 ERA, Jenny Novak (California Office of Emergency Management Services)
  • Presentation: COVID-19 as a Teachable Moment for Inclusive (DAFN) Earthquake Preparedness, Heidi Rosofsky (Global Vision Consortium)
  • Map Your Neighborhood Program Overview, Margaret Vinci (Caltech)
  • Secure Your Space: Be Safer at Home While Safe at Home, Mark Benthien (Southern California Earthquake Center)
  • Announcement of 2020 ECA SoCal Mini Awards recipients
  • ECA Resources, Updates, Announcements

Nominations Are Open For BICEPP’s 2020 Awardees


Both members and friends of BICEPP are encouraged to nominate any person, group or organization who has contributed significantly to the field of emergency preparedness, management, mitigation, response or planning. Nominees should be role models to other emergency professionals (aspiring and veteran) and demonstrate dedication, positive attitude and outstanding job performance. Awardee’s will be recognized at BICEPP’s Annual Award’s Dinner in Nov.


2020 BICEPP Awards Process.pdf


Nominate Here
BICEPP Nominations Are Open

Stellar Event - Thank You Ken Kondo...
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How Social Media has Devastated Public Relations
Feb 12 - 07:00 to 09:00
Tarzana IHOP

How has social media has changed the relationship a company has with the public during and after a crisis? Ken Kondo, an expert in dealing with the press and social media, will share his experiences and answer questions on how social media has changed our world.


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More info on member types (Individual, Corporate and Benefactor) and benefits at: BICEPP Member Benefits From Dropdown Menu

Sign-up for Membership Here

: BICEPP's logo is considered proprietary. If you would like to use it on your website or on other promotional material, BICEPP must approve the use prior to any use.
Please email with your request or with any questions

A Special Thanks to BICEPP's Generous Benefactor 2020 Sponsors


2019 Annual Awards' Dinner - Awesome Evening
Held on November 21, 2019 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at The Proud Bird Events Center (near LAX)

Each year we recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions supporting our mission. BICEPP’s Annual Awards event is a great networking opportunity to meet BICEPP members and other disaster management professionals. And, as always, we conclude with our "world" famous exciting free raffle. Here are this year's awardees:

2019 Invitation.pdf

Meet the 2019 BICEPP Awardees - Bios Here

President's Award

Jeff Edelstein
Owner, SOS Survival Products
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Award Of Excellent Recipients

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(L to R) Joffe Emergency Services School Safety Team; Hector Corral - Project Manager, HSAC@SPP; QuinnWilliams; The Big One Podcast – KPCC (not shown); 
LA Fleet Week; & Nathan Wolfstein – Be More Prepared

Recognition Awardees

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(L to R) Annie Kao - Simpson Strong Tie; Kate Long - The Lucy Jones Foundation for Science And Society;Ines Pearce - Pearce Global Partners;
James Pellegrini - COPE Preparedness; & Dave Dezotell - ETC Building & Design

Rising Star Awardees

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(L to R) Lorraine Schneider - The Walt Disney Company; Lorianne Bundick - UCLA Emergency Management; Jacqueline Fernandez-Ireland - NBCUniversal; 
Carlos Reyes-Andrade - HSAC@SPP; & Ryan Hubbard - WorkSafe Technologies

2019 Ridgecrest earthquake

The 7.1 Ridgecrest, California earthquake is an example of a high magnitude, relatively low intensity earthquake. Though the shaking in the town of Ridgecrest was stronger than the 7.0 Anchorage earthquake, it was less than the shaking felt in the 2014 6.0 Napa earthquake, and much less than either the 1994 6.7 Northridge earthquake or the 2011 New Zealand 6.3 earthquakes...


Disaster & Business Recovery Information & Events of Interest


Events of interest to BICEPP Members and Friends

NY Times Article June 4, 2019

Buildings Can Be Designed to Withstand Earthquakes. Why Doesn’t the U.S. Build More of Them?

Article Here

Dr Lucy Jones spoke in Granada Hills on Aug 16, 2019 to packed house

Dr. Lucy Jones, renowned seismologist and author of The Big Ones , spoke about Preparing For Increased Risk From Natural Disasters in Granada Hills. Dr Jones in one of the foremost experts on natural disasters, especially the long term affects on Los Angeles environs. It was arranged by BICEPP member Bill Hopkins and the board of the Southern California Preparedness Foundation ( Read More Here

The Great California Shakeout - please register yourself and/or company at for free to be counted as a participant.
Friday, October 15, 2020 at preciously 10:20 am

Shakeout Logo LongMillions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20 a.m. on October 15* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008. Participating is a great way for your family organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel. ShakeOut is also a major activity of America's PrepareAthon!

The ShakeOut began in California and has also been organized in many other states and countries. Official ShakeOut Regions require significant local or regional coordination, typically by an emergency management agency or an alliance of many organizations. If you are interested in establishing a ShakeOut drill for your region please contact us. If your state, province, or country is not yet participating you can register yourself or your organization as part of the global participation total.
Drop, Cover & Hold
Protect yourself. Spread the word.
Drop Cover Hold Simple


Principles and Techniques of Securing Your Business & Home

Informative video from one of BICEPP's Board members -  principles and techniques of anchorage.....

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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

NOTE: 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.


Supporting Employees During Times of Extreme Circumstance
From: California Resiliency Alliance, Business Recovery Managers Association, and Association of Continuity Professionals. March 29, 2018

From hurricanes in the Gulf Coast to active shooter incidents, and wildfires in the west, the United States had its share of extreme circumstances in 2017. 

This report serves to provide insights into how public and private sector organizations are supporting their employees during times of extreme circumstance. The anonymous responses from participants, included in each section, hopefully inspire ideas within your own organization.

The survey was designed to capture free-form responses from a variety of organizations in the public and private sectors. This allowed participants to elaborate on the formal and informal methods their organizations have in place to support employees. 

Supporting Employees During Times of Extreme Circumstance Report 03.29.2018.pdf


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

LA County SheriffIn light of the terrifying events that unfolded 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


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There were 500 workplace homicides in the United States in 2016

Homicides accounted for 10 percent of all fatal occupational injuries in the United States in 2016. There were 500 workplace homicides in 2016, an increase of 83 cases from 2015. The 2016 total was the highest since 2010. Of the workplace homicides in 2016, 409 (82 percent) were homicides to men and 91 (18 percent) were homicides to women. Homicides represented 24 percent of fatal occupational injuries to women in 2016 compared with 9 percent of fatal occupational injuries to men.

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 
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.



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. We work 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...


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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

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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.



LA Times Earthquake Recent Articles
Earthquake fault maps and other articles

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 EarthquakeLadySmithsonian, 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.

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