Continuing Education

Business Continuity and Emergency Planning

Don't be another statistic. Make advanced plans.

The importance and relevance of Business Continuity on a global scale

is rising. The 911 Commission Report references the private sector as

a critical component of the nation's infrastructure where the nation's

preparedness often begins. The Commission says that business preparedness

is the standard of care owed by a company to its employees and the public

for legal purposes. "Private sector preparedness is not a luxury;

it is a cost of business in the post-9/11 world."

According to SCORE:

  • A Company that experiences a
    computer outage lasting more than 10 days will never
    fully recover
    financially. 50 percent will be out of business
    within five years.

  • An estimated 25 percent of
    businesses do not reopen following a major disaster

  • 70 percent of small firms that
    experience a major data loss go out of business
    within a year.

  • Of companies experiencing
    catastrophic data loss:
    - 43% of companies never reopened
    - 51% of companies closed within 2 years
    - 80% of companies that do not recover from a
    disaster within one month are likely to go out of
    - 75% of companies without business continuity plans
    fail within three years of a disaster
    - Companies that aren’t able to resume operations
    within ten days (of a disaster hit) are not likely
    to survive
    - Of those businesses that experience a disaster and
    have no emergency plan, 43 percent never reopen; of
    those that do reopen, only 29 percent are still
    operating two years later.

In order to ensure that businesses and other organizations function

during any type of emergency, the Center for Emergency Preparedness

developed its Certificate Program in Business Continuity and Emergency

Planning. It has received very positive reviews in the past two years.

The Certificate Program consists of six required courses, which may

also be taken separately. Core courses are
Crisis Communications,

Incident Stress Management,
Emergency Response Procedures,

Security, Organizational Recovery, and
Personnel and Facility Security.  This
program can be completed in one or more terms.  If all six courses
are taken, the total cost of the program is $1,594. You must register
and pay for each course separately.  For information about
Financial Assistance and Discounts
click here.

Who Should Attend

Managers and other professionals responsible for safety, security, human

resources, legal affairs, and business/financial operations; media spokespersons;

and anyone who would be managing the incident in the event of an emergency.

Click on the course title to view the course
description.  Click on the instructor's name to
view their bio.

These programs will not offered again until
Fall 2011.