This is an opportunity to provide input to the next edition of the CSA Z1600 emergency and continuity management program standard. It is also an opportunity to view the standard on line.
In 2014, the second edition of the CSA Z1600 Emergency and continuity management program standard was published. The Standard sets out requirements for a continual improvement process to develop, implement, maintain, and evaluate an emergency and continuity program that addresses the functions of prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
The CSA Z1600 Technical Committee has started the process to review and revise the Z1600 standard once again. In preparation for the…
I recently attended an International Standards Organization week long technical committee meeting in Morioka Japan which was focused on developing standards related to emergency and continuity management. I left impressed with the level of dedication and effort which is being put into standards development at the international level.
The ISO / TC - 292 technical committee was held in Morioka Japan on March 9 - 13, 2015. I attended the meeting as a member of the Canadian delegaation. The picture below is of one of the plenary meeting sessions.
My particular assignment is working on a project, initiated by Russia, that focuses on developing guidelines for monitoring facilities with…
The task of developing and evaluating programs and plans to help prevent and respond to emergency incidents has become much easier with the advent of standards. My next few articles will provide some information on standards for emergency and continuity management programs and new developments regarding standards.
Partnerships Toward Safer Communities Online (PTSC-Online) a virtual on line community founded to encourage improvements in Canadian emergency and continuity management and critical infrastructure programs will cease operation today. The vision for creating the on line community was sound, the technology worked well and the community achieved Canada wide membership. A few members used it very effectively, but unfortunately most did not and unless used, it can not continue to exist.
My company was pleased to a founding sponsor of PTSC-Online and it was a pleasure working with Fire Chief Donald F. Warden - then Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, Edward Myers (Frontline Security), Patrice Cloutier (Government of Ontario), Christel Ivanyshyn (Perth County Emergency Management and OAEM) and others who shared a vision for an effective emergency management focused on line community to create it and promote its operation. Thank you for your…
Congratulations to IGLOO Software on the enhancements they plan to implement in 2015. I have designed and worked with IGLOO communities for several years and they just keep getting better and more powerful.
IGLOO Software is a Kitchener based company which excells and providing on line community solutions for networking within organizations and with the public. As MacKay Emergency Management Consulting Inc. has a partner agreement with IGLOO I am periodically able to participate in webinars which announce new features which will be implemented in the coming months.
I won't bother going into details here as the next upgrade will be rolled out in January, but suffice to say we should look for…
If you have been faced with the challenge of dealing with social media while managing response to a major emergency, you will appreciate the complexities of that task. I recently had the opportunity to assist with handling social media during an emergency exercise as a member of CanVOST (Canadian virtual operations support team) and I was very pleased with the results.
Sorry, I don't put enough emphasis on writing for my blog as higher priority items keep getting in the way. I do however want to share something that recently helped me with a challenge I tried to address several times and that is keeping my address books synchronized. I hope it might help you.
Over the years I have accumulated a database of over 3000 contacts. They have resided in a number of progams and each had it advantages and disadvantages.
For several years my contacts resided in Sage Act a contact management system which worked well, especially when I needed to synchronize a sub set of my contacts with another organization. Act is great if your focus is following up on sales leads and you want to synchronize your data with others remotely. Act uses Microsoft Outlook to…
I said I was optimistic about 2012 and the new opportunities it will bring in my last blog and recent announcements by Apple Computer and a new App that was just released cause me to be even more optimistic. If you have a need to issue publications, instructional manuals or training materials you may be excited too.
iBooks Textbooks - On January 19th an Apple press release stated:
"Apple® today announced iBooks® 2 for iPad®, featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that's dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don't weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned. Leading education…
Reflecting back on 2011, it was a good year for Mackay Emergency Management Consulting Inc. We supported upgrading the Canadian standard for emergency management and business continuity programs as a member of the CSA Z1600 technical committee and we helped emergency managers do more with less and adapt to a new and changing environment with on line networking. More importantly, we are enthusiastic about the opportunities that are before us in 2012.
As family circumstances make it more difficult to be away from home, our focus throughout the past year and in 2012 will be to work on line. Some may see this as a disadvantage but see it as an opportunity. This situation provides an opportunity for myself and an opportunity to help others.
I keep in contact with emergency management and business continuity professionals in the private and public sectors who are continually challenged to do more with fewer resources. As I recall from my career…
Wishing each and every one a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012 New Year. May you have an enjoyable and meaningful time with family and friends as you reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Here is our 2011 family photo and a picture of our home decorated for Christmas. I unfortunately missed getting a picture on the couple of days we had snow. We have been blessed with a loving and talented family and great friends for which we are very thankful.
Greetings to those with whom we have worked in person and a special greeting to those who technology has enabled us to meet virtually through business and personal social and professional networks.
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