As I have mentioned in some recent blogs, I am now immersed in the world of Twitter. The challenge of tweeting is trying to get a message across in 140 characters or less. This is especially difficult when much of your audience does not know your jargon and you need to spell out many of the words to make a coherent point.
At first, I tried to find famous quotes from others about planning or disasters or emergencies and response. I found a few, many of which I had posted earlier in this article on “planning”. But, after a while, I had to challenge myself to come up with some business continuity, emergency response, crisis management, and disaster recovery related tweets of my own.
In this blog, I am simply going to share those tweets that I have come up with so far – and, if I must say so myself, I think a few of them are pretty good for 140 characters or less, but I will let you be the judge of that. I tweet a lot about current events and other topics; this blog only includes general quotes about the field in which we practice. I hope you find one or two you like.
And, if you do like them – re-tweet them. And, please feel free to follow me on Twitter, @jpflach
Joe Flach Tweets from Past Weeks:
Planning ahead is important; practicing ahead is vital. A script w/out rehearsals doesn’t prepare you for opening night.
Knowing how to respond before the disaster strikes saves precious time in figuring out how to respond after it strikes.
Disasters happen. Recoveries have to be orchestrated.
I believe in the power of prayer – except when it comes to business continuity, then I believe in the power of planning.
How you respond to a crisis may adversely impact your company more than the crisis itself. Add Communications & PR teams to your plans.
The disaster that impacts your company may also impact employee’s homes – make sure continuity plans include alternate workforce options.
There r heroes who rush into burning buildings to save ppl and heroes who improve fire prevention and evacuation plans. The latter is easier
If you are not worried about the impacts of a disaster on your company, then who in your company is?
The fear of failing a business continuity test results in masking many a program’s weakness and promoting a false sense of security
It takes 1 to plan, many to be prepared. Train, educate and exercise your programs.
There is no one right way to prepare for a disaster – but, not preparing for one is clearly the wrong way!
There is a thin line between being unprepared for a disaster and being negligent. Don’t put it to the test: be prepared.
When the fire alarm sounds, people do not reach for the “Fire Alarm Response Manual”. Same should be true when you “Declare” a disaster.
If disasters strike when least expected, then make sure you always expect one.
Risk mitigation programs do allow for calculated risks. That is why most cars have only 1 spare tire instead of 4.
Business Continuity Planning is not about preventing any loss following disaster; it is about limiting losses to a defined, acceptable level
The only “failed” emergency response test is one in which you do not discover ways to improve your program
The best way to handle a disaster is to stop it from happening. Create Disaster Prevention and Risk Mitigation Plans.
“The good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise” is a fun colloquial saying and does not a good business continuity plan make.
Continuity Plans are like backup parachutes – hardly ever needed but you don’t want to operate without one.
Many people experiencing a crisis simply freeze because they have not been conditioned how to respond. Break the ice and conduct training.
Incidents become disasters for those who are not prepared.
The only thing worse than having no emergency response plan is thinking you have one when you don’t. Be honest: don’t promote false security
There are more, but I think that is enough for now. Did you find one you like?