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Jefferson County plans emergency continuity workshops

February 17, 2013

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management will hold two business continuity planning workshops Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Hampton Inn, 157 Pamlico Drive in Charles Town.

The first session will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and the second will be from 6 to 9 p.m.

The workshops will be taught by David Skeen, the West Virginia state continuity planner; Barbara Miller, director of Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management;  and Neal Nilsen from AskNeal.com.

These classes are free to Jefferson County businesses and organizations.

All businesses, organizations, nonprofits and governments should have a plan of how they will continue before, during and after power outages and disasters that strike their organization and/or communities. The workshop covers risks, threats, how to plan, and how to protect computer hardware and software.

Business continuity planning identifies an organization’s exposure to internal and external threats, and synthesizes hard and soft assets to provide effective prevention and recovery for the organization while maintaining a competitive advantage and value system integrity. A business continuity plan is a road map for continuing operations under adverse conditions such as a storm or a crime.

Any event that could impact operations is included, such as supply chain interruption, and loss of or damage to critical infrastructure such as major machinery or computing/network resources.

To sign up for one of the free workshops, call Jessica Owens at 304-724-8914 or send an email to jowens@jeffersoncountywv.org.

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