Preparedness, LLC in the News

Updates on our contributions to the profession of emergency management and business continuity.

Winter Preparedness
& Response

January 28, 2021

Donald L. Schmidt, CEO of Preparedness LLC, presented "Winter Preparedness & Response" for Continuity Insights’ Webinar Series. Risk assessment, preparedness for arctic freeze  and winter storms, incident management, and safety were addressed. Access this webinar on the Continuity Insights website, and download the Preparedness Bulletin.

Civil Unrest: Demonstrations, protests, and rioting

November 5, 2020

Donald L. Schmidt, CEO of Preparedness LLC, authored “Civil Unrest: Demonstrations, protests, and rioting” for the Risk and Resilience HUB. This paper addresses the potential for civil unrest, weapons and tactics, vulnerability and risk assessment, security and life safety, response to civil unrest, and workplace violence. Read the  Preparedness Bulletin on Civil Unrest.

NFPA 1600 2019 Edition: A Resource for Every Toolbox

May 31, 2019

Donald L. Schmidt, CEO of Preparedness LLC, authored “NFPA 1600 2019 Edition: A Resource for Every Practitioner’s and Auditor’s Toolbox” for the launch of the new Risk and Resilience HUB website. The article was also distributed by the Continuity eGUIDERead more … For more information on NFPA 1600, check out our NFPA 1600 resource page.

“NFPA 1600
2019 Edition”

March 6, 2019

NFPA has published the 2019 edition of NFPA 1600, “Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management.” In this webinar Don Schmidt, past chair of the committee, reviewed the new and revised content in the new 8th edition of this important international standard. Access this webinar to learn how you can use this tool to improve your organization’s resilience.

“Business Impact Analysis: Vulnerabilities, Loss Potential and Mitigation”

April 30, 2019

Donald L. Schmidt spoke at RIMS2019, the Risk & Insurance Management Society's annual conference, on the value of the business impact analysis (BIA) to risk management. He explained how the BIA identifies vulnerabilities and opportunities for risk mitigation. He also addressed how the BIA provides a methodology for quantifying business interruption and prioritizing the recovery of business operations. View the presentation.

“NFPA 1600 “Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management”

April 3, 2019

Donald L. Schmidt presented to the Cambridge Fire Department’s Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), which is comprised of public safety, schools, and business and industry within the city. The presentation addressed elements of emergency management, business continuity, and crisis management and how NFPA 1600 can be used to enhance their resilience efforts. Download the presentation.

“Practical Tips for
Continuity Planning”

Donald L. Schmidt presented “Practical Tips for Continuity Planning: From Impact Analysis to Executable Strategies and Plans” to the Safe+Ready Instituteʼs 2018 Virtual Summit. Topics including project management, planning scenarios, risk assessment, business impact analysis, continuity strategies, resource needs, plan development, incident management, and implementation were covered. Click here to download the presentation.

Strengthening Your Program by Auditing

February 13, 2018

Donald L. Schmidt and Harvey Betan, presented “Strengthening Your Program by Auditing” at DRI's 2018 professional development conference in Nashville. Project management, collecting “evidence,” corroborating information gathered, and using objective criteria to identify program gaps was covered. Click here to download the presentation. Be sure to check out Preparedness, LLC's audit guide and bulletin “Auditing Your Preparedness Program


“Ask an Expert”

August 11, 2016

Donald L. Schmidt, CEO of Preparedness LLC, contributes to ACP’s Ask an Expert blog. The blog is a forum for questions and answers on timely topics important to continuity professionals.

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