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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.
                      

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Dennis Mileti, a leader in the field of hazards and disasters research and one of the foremost experts in risk communication, recently passed. Dennis was the recipient of a 2018 BICEPP Award of Excellence and was the keynote speaker at the 2018 BICEPP Emergency Management Conference. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, and colleagues.

Dennis's Bio Here 

Les Borsay, BICEPP President
Feb 3, 2021

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

BICEPP Membership Brochure Here
Sign-up for Membership Here
Questions, requests, comments - please email info@bicepp.org




A Special Thanks to BICEPP's Generous 2021 Benefactor Sponsors







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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events



DHS Announces Funding Opportunity for $1.87 Billion in Preparedness Grants

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the release of the funding notice for eight different types of preparedness grants worth nearly $1.87 billion. Together, these programs provide more than $1.8 billion in critical funding to assist our state and local partners in building and sustaining capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.

Information Here





ACP announces another great program of interest to BICEPP and its members and friends.

March 9, 2021 10:00 am


Special Presentation by Mark Armour - "Adaptive: A More Challenging View of Business Continuity and Resilience"


Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about creating a multidimensional and adaptive culture of organizational preparedness. Business Continuity is far more difficult than we are ever prepared for. When we first enter the profession....

Info and registration here...






"Anticipating the Behavioral Challenges of COVID-19 & Civil Unrest" (Dec 9)


This webinar will help professionals working in emergency management, business continuity, security and public safety roles better manage the consequences of the current threat landscape. Steve Crimando of Behavioral Science Applications LLC, will address the unique behavioral elements of COVID-19 and civil unrest, as well as providing approaches to anticipating and responding to the human impacts of these events.

Resources: Webinar Flyer Here     WFH SECURITY WHITE PAPER.PDF     BICEPP CHAPTER MEETING.pdf    


"ShakeOut - for Staff Working from Home" (Oct 21)

Caltech's Margaret Vinci will discuss the challenges of preparing for a disaster during times of COVID-19. Since so many staff are working from home offices, make sure they are included in your disaster plans & ShakeOut Drill. Resources for the ShakeOut Drill for staff working from home will be provided.  

Webinar Flyer Here       ShakeOut - for Staff Working from Home Video Presentation (Zoom Presentation)

"The Birth of CERT" (Sep 2)

LAFD Assistant Fire Chief Frank Borden, aka “The Father of CERT”. Frank will talk about the - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program from the beginnings in Los Angeles to the nationwide FEMA program we know today.
BICEPP The Birth of CERT Flyer.pdf       
Frank's Excellent Webinar Recording Here

"EARTHQUAKES: Why all businesses SHOULD do what California Hospitals MUST do" (Jun 24)


Join BICEPP board member Glen Granholm of Safe-T-Proof, for an informative talk covering recent changes to the California Building Code as well as guidance from OSHPD (The Office of Statewide Healthcare Planning & Development) that clarify the changes. These resources can make it easier for organizations to decide what items in their facility should be secured in advance of an earthquake.

"How Social Media Has Devastated Public Relations" (Feb 12)


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.

Devastated Social Media BICEPP Flyer.pdf


Cost of Disasters:

Billion-dollar natural disasters hit the U.S. a record 22 times in 2020 (FastCompany - Jan 9, 2021)


https://www.fastcompany.com/90592686/natural-disasters-cost-the-u-s-a-record-22-billion-in-2020




POST VACCINE ACTIVITIES
LA Times Feb 25, 2021:

I’m fully vaccinated. Can I hug a friend? Eat indoors? See a movie? Here are answers.



Critical links about personal and business restrictions and overall concerns about COVID-19.

Vaccine Distribution in Los Angeles County (Jan 12, 2021)


Information about the COVID-19 vaccination program is changing frequently. Please check this site often and be sure to refresh your browser to view updates.

  • COVID-19 vaccination is open to all healthcare workers (HCWs) in Phase 1A. Phase 1A is for all HCWs who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. Visit the Healthcare Worker Vaccination webpage for information on how to access vaccination.
  • The Vaccine Prioritization & Allocation webpage shows the current phases and tiers including estimated timelines for each phase.


City of Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles
Emergency Management
Keep Los Angeles Safe
COVID-19: Keeping Los Angeles Safe - Frequently Asked Questions


County of Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
LA County COVID-19 Resources

Blueprint for a Safer Economy
Roadmap to Recovery

State of California
State of California COVID-19 Information
Resilience Toolkit of Los Angeles Businesses

US Government
CDC: COVID-19
CDC: Considerations for Wearing Masks
WHO: When and How to Use Masks

Other Resources

Mayo Clinic: How Much Protection Do Face Masks Offer 
American Medical Association: Clear up your patients’ confusion about which masks work best
John Hopkins COVID Resource Center
Scientific American (Dec 20) SA Eight Persistent COVID-19 Myths and Why People Believe Them.pdf
Jan 2, 2021, Fast Company (MIT Tool) Here’s how long it takes to get infected

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LA Mask Project

Download Mask Art for your Business Location (July 25, 2020 - City of Los Angeles)

https://corona-virus.la/la-mask-print-project


Participate - Several Options Exist

Check Out:
Californians For All - Volunteers

Follow guidelines & give blood if possible
Find Out Where




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Mark Your Calendar - Oct 21, 2021

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Check these resources out from their 2020 workshop:

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Earthquake Country Alliance SoCal replaced its normally in-person Spring workshop with a special webinar version on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The overall theme was Concurrent Disasters: What if an earthquake occurred during a pandemic?


KEY WORKSHOP TOPICS WERE:

  • Responding to an Earthquake in the COVID-19 Era, Jenny Novak (California Office of Emergency Services)
  • COVID-19 as a Teachable Moment for Inclusive (DAFN) Earthquake Preparedness, Heidi Rosofsky (Global Vision Consortium)
  • Map Your Neighborhood Program overview: Margaret Vinci (Caltech) - Former long-time BICEPP Board Member.
  • Secure Your Space, Mark Benthien (Southern California Earthquake Center)
  • Announcement of 2020 ECA SoCal Mini Awards recipients
  • ECA Resources, Updates, Announcements


WORKSHOP CONTENT AVAILABLE HERE

Video Recording (YouTube)

View Transcript (automated, may contain errors)

PowerPoint Slides (PDF)


KEY LINKS SHARED




COVID-19 Cancelled our 2019 Annual Awards Dinner. But we are Gearing up for a Creative 2021...Stay Tuned.

Here's a Recap of the Awardees from our 2019 Annual Awards' Dinner - Awesome E
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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





Disaster & Business Recovery Information & Events of Interest

 

     

THE RIDGECREST EARTHQUAKES (July 5, 2019)

BICEPP AFTER DISASTER REPORT (www.bicepp.org)

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...

2019 THE RIDGECREST EARTHQUAKES-bicepp.docx




Planning for Business Operations After Earthquakes


Courtesy of Los Angeles County - Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)

Contributions from BICEPP's Immediate Past President Chris Wright

2019 - Planning for Business Operations After Earthquakes by LAEDC.pdf


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 (SoCalPrep.us). Read More Here




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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From SAFE-T-PROOF

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



EMPLOYEE AND PERSONAL SURVIVAL AT WORK


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”:

 

• 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.

 

http://www.activeshooter.lasd.org/




How To Protect Yourself: A Chronology, Initially published November 16, 2015
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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
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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 https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/there-were-500-workplace-homicides-in-the-united-states-in-2016.ht

 

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
 
 
 




THE ODDS OF A BUSINESS SURVIVING A DISASTER
 
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.
 




GOVERNMENT RESOURCES FOR DISASTER PLANNING & RESPONSE

 


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...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NotifyLA

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

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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.

 
 
 


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE REALITIES

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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