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College Football Crisis Management Award – Week 5

Every week I rant and rave about how much I love college football.  And, every week I try to find new superlatives to express how fun and exciting the past week was.  Well, Week 5 was no different but I am running out of words and I hate to be redundant.  This week’s excitement included, for the second week in a row, a comeback from more than 20 points down and a big comeback from the number 1 ranked team in America – but, first, the week in review.

The College Football slate for Week 5 included a total of 54 contests with at least one FBS football team.  Again, we see how more intra-conference play and fewer FCS teams on the schedule results in fewer games being dominated by one team.  Of the 54 games played, only 24 (44%) were won by teams that never trailed.  Coming into Week 5, there were six FBS schools that had yet to trail at any point in any game they played this year.  Coming out of Week 5, four of those teams remain.  The 2 teams that fell off of that list both played games that included a double-digit come-from-behind victory.  Arizona State ended up on the losing end of their game; while Texas A&M rallied back to, at least, remain undefeated.  Baylor, Ole Miss and Texas Christian all stay on the list of teams that have never trailed by adding to their winning streaks and Marshall did so by watching games on their bye week.

There were only 3 FBS schools that had yet to hold the lead at any point in any game this season and two of them get to come of this list.  Rice not only got their first lead of the season, but they never relinquished it, being one of the 24 teams to not trail this week in their defeat of Southern Mississippi, 41 – 23.  Kent State got an early 7 point lead, their first of the season, against Virginia, but could not manage to hold on to it as they eventually fell by a score of 45 – 13.  Only SMU remains on this infamous list after failing to put up any points at all against one of the teams on the happier list, TCU.

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER TRAILED

Baylor, Marshall, Ole Miss, TCU

TEAMS THAT HAVE NEVER HELD THE LEAD

SMU

As a matter of interest, in addition to the teams listed in the chart above, there are 6 other teams that have not yet played a game in which the lead ever changed hands – but they have won or lost at least one of those games.  And, there are 6 teams in which every game they have played in so far included some sort of come from behind victory.  Georgia Tech is the only one of those six teams to have come out as the winner of each of those games coming back from being down 2, 7, 3 and 10 points in their four victories to start the season.

For the second week in a row, there were exactly 30 games in which the winning team trailed by at least 1 point or more at some time in the contest.  In Week 5, however, the number of games that included comebacks of 10 points or more increased from 7 to 12.  Three teams, Fresno State, Iowa and Georgia, each had to overcome 10 point deficits before securing their wins in Week 5.  UCLA and Florida Atlantic each bettered that by 1 point in overcoming an 11 point deficit.  In UCLA’s case, they did so at the expense of Arizona State, knocking them off of the list of teams that had never trailed.  Missouri had an exciting fourth quarter rally to come back from 13 points down to defeat South Carolina, 21 – 20.  Another FCS school appears on our list of come-from-behind winners as Yale defeated Army in overtime, 49 – 43 after trailing by 14 points earlier in the game.  After being on the losing side of Week 4’s award winning game by forfeiting a 22 point lead to Arizona, California ended up on the winning side of a 14 point, come-from-behind victory against Colorado.  Texas A&M also had to overcome a 14 point deficit, their first of any kind this year, before beating Arkansas in overtime, 35 – 28.  Colorado State also came back from 14 points down to eventually knock off Boston College, 24 – 21.  And, the number 1 ranked team in the country, Florida State, had to overcome a 17 point, 1st quarter deficit against NC State before notching a 56 – 41 victory to remain undefeated.  But, no school overcame a larger deficit than the Week 5 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winner did.

And, the winner is … the Washington State Cougars!!

Washington State entered Week 5 as a team you just couldn’t figure out.  They looked disappointing in losses to Rutgers and Nevada to start the season, but looked impressive in beating FCS Portland State, and even looked impressive in losing a close game to #2 ranked OregonUtah, on the other hand, looked like a surprise team for 2014 with three very impressive victories to start the season, including last week’s win against Michigan in the big house.

After jumping out to a 21 – 0, 1st quarter lead following an interception return for a TD, a punt return for a TD and a 76 yard TD run from scrimmage, it looked like things were pretty well figured out; Utah was an impressive team and Washington State was an enigma.  But, college football games are made up of 4 quarters and Washington State, who looked like they were on holiday in the first quarter, had a Halliday of their own to rely upon to throw them back into the game.

Three quarters and four Connor Halliday touchdown passes later, and by holding Utah to only 2 field goals over that timeframe, Washington State had rallied all the way back to take a 28 – 27 point lead halfway through the 4th quarter.  But, Utah still had time to come back.  The Cougar defense held tight, however, and stymied two Utah fourth quarter drives by denying fourth down attempts to seal their victory and their spot as the Week 5, Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award Winner!

Certificate - Week 5 - Washington State

 

So, for the second week in a row, our winner was not determined until the conclusion of the late night West Coast slate.  For me, I kind of like that – it keeps my interest all day long wondering what is yet to come.  For a long time on Saturday, it looked like the number 1 team, Florida State, was going to be our award winner, but the Cougars from Washington State had a different plan in mind.  Congratulations Cougs!!

Now, bring on Week 6!

You can read our Week 1 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 2 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 3 report by clicking here.

You can read our Week 4 report by clicking here.

WEEK 6 – College Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Just one week after listing the 5 teams that had yet to trail in a College FBS Football Game this season, that list is trimmed down to just one.  Maybe our blog has a Sports Illustrated Cover-like jinx associated with it.  I wonder if a blog has to actually be read by anyone to propagate the jinx-juice to the involved teams.  Anyway – the last team standing and only team left that has yet to trail in a football game this season is the Louisville Cardinals.  As of yet, the Cardinals haven’t really been tested, one of the reasons they don’t rank higher in the polls.  That should change this week when they host 4 – 1 Rutgers on Thursday night.  Let’s see if they can stay another week as the lone survivor on the Not Yet Trailing list.

When we first established the parameters for our Football Crisis Management Award program we understood the real potential of having a week or weeks where there were no big come-from-behind victories.  Week 1 scared us even more when two teams tied for the award with a rather modest 14 point come-from-behind win.  We were then worried that we might have to write about multiple winners each week.  Week 2 then brought us a single award winner rallying back from a 3 score, 17 point deficit and we grew less worried.  Week 3 presented us with a rather impressive 21 point comeback and Week 4 only missed that mark by 1 point with a 20 point deficit overcome by the victors.  Week 5 saw the deficit drop down to 16 points, but that is still 2 touchdowns with 2 2-point conversions and, we had just a single winner.  Then came Week 6 and our fears were almost realized.  Going into the last game of the week, way out in the Hawaiian Islands, way after most of the football viewing nation was tucked into bed either rejoicing in victory or agonizing in defeat, we had a 5 way tie for the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award with a very pedestrian 10 point deficit overcome by the winning teams.  Thankfully, for us, Hawaii jumped out to an eleven point lead before falling to San Jose State.  Still a rather ridiculously low deficit to overcome, but at least we had only one game to write about.

WEEK 6 RECAP

As noted above, our greatest fears were almost realized in Week 6 with no real impressive come backs and 5 teams tied for overcoming a deficit of only 10 points with only one game left to be played out in Hawaii (see the Week 6 Honorable Mentions at the end of this blog).  Although a full 55% (31 out of 56) of the games were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game, only 6 of those games included deficits of more than 7 points – 5 games at 10 points and 1 game at 11 points.  Of the 25 games in which the winning team never trailed, 18 of them were won by the Home team.

Week 6 did include two “almost” games in which a team overcame an amazing 21 point deficit in the 4th quarter to tie the game, only to eventually lose it in overtime.  Those teams were: SMU (our Week 2 winner), which lost to Rutgers; and, Nevada, losers to San Diego State (our Week 5 winner) in overtime.

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SAN JOSE STATE
SJS LogoIn Week 5, Hawaii was one of those “almost” teams when they fell just short of an amazing 39 point come-from-behind victory against a ranked Fresno State.  Trailing 42 – 3 in the 3rd Quarter, the Warriors came all the way back to make the score 42 – 37 and had possession of the ball with 2:05 left in the game before their comeback fell short on an intercepted pass as time ran out.  This week, the still winless Warriors were playing host to Mountain West Conference rival San Jose State visiting the island at 1 – 3.

Meanwhile, back on the mainland, after having already completed my analysis of all the other college football games this week, without a rooting interest in either team, I was pulling hard for one or the other to get out to a larger than 10 point lead and then lose the game.  (This darn promotion has totally changed the way I watch college football games.)  Luckily for me, the teams cooperated.

The Spartans started off the scoring with a 44 yard field goal by Austin Lopez on their first possession, but the Warriors followed that up with two touchdowns; one on a Chris Grant 9 yard run and one a Sean Schroeder to Vasquez Haynes 8 yard pass.  With 3:18 still left in the 1st quarter, Hawaii had an 11 point lead at 14 – 3 and, yours truly suddenly became a San Jose State fan.

And, the San Jose State comeback would start on the next series, a scoring drive that took all of 1:40 ending with a 61 yard touchdown pass from David Fales to Chandler Jones.  The Spartans then proceeded to put up 17 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter to enter halftime with a 27 – 14 lead.  Now, I could go to sleep with the assurance that I had a single game to write about.  San Jose State had already come back from 11 points down and, if the Warriors rallied back for a win, they would have come back from a 13 point deficit – a good thing, either way.

Midway through the 3rd quarter, the Spartans added to their lead with a 27 yard touchdown pass from David Fales to Tyler Winston and San Jose State was on top, 34 – 14.  The Warriors answered this score with 3rd Quarter touchdown pass of their own from 28 yards out when Sean Schroeder connected with Billy Ray Stutzman, and the two teams entered the 4th Quarter with the Spartans holding a 34 – 21 lead.

The 4th Quarter started with a 37 yard Spartan field goal by Austin Lopez to make it 37 – 21.  Half way through the final quarter, the Warriors hit on a 50 yard touchdown pass from Schroeder to Grant, but failed on their 2 point conversion attempt and were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.  When the final gun sounded, the Warriors were still looking for their first win; the Spartans improved their record to 2 – 3; and, Safe Harbor Consulting had a single winner for the Week 6 College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 6 - San Jose State

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

Businesses, just like college football teams, can experience huge deficits from business interruption events in which they must rally from behind to stay in the game.  In the area of Crisis Management, game day is the arrival of the tornado; the coming floods; the day the hurricane strikes; a fire; a regional pandemic; technology failures; or any of a variety of risks and threats that can interrupt your business processes and/or the technologies that support them.  And, just like college football teams, your ability to overcome these deficits is directly related to the time and effort you put into planning your strategies and practicing your emergency response, business continuity and disaster recovery plays.

Safe Harbor Consulting has assisted companies and organizations, large and small, in preparing and exercising their crisis management and business continuity playbooks.  To learn more about how Safe Harbor Consulting can help you prepare for your greatest comeback, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz; visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053; or, call us at (253) 509-0233.

Congratulations to the San Jose State Spartans for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 6 of the 2013 college football season.   Week 6 had plenty of exciting football games with interesting and impactful outcomes – it was just lacking in the big come-from-behind victories department.  I hope Week 7 produces a potential award winning game early in the schedule so I don’t have to sweat it out in the end – fingers crossed.

Week 6 – Honorable Mention

Ohio State coming from 10 behind to beat Northwestern.

Texas Tech coming from 10 behind to beat Kansas.

Ball State coming from 10 behind to beat Virginia.

Miami (FL) coming from 10 behind to beat Georgia Tech.

Old Dominion coming from 10 behind to beat Liberty.

 

Week 5 – Winner  (To read the Week 5 article, click here.)

San Diego State coming from 16 behind to beat New Mexico State 26 -16.

 

Week 4 – Winner  (To read the Week 4 article, click here.)

Northern Illinois coming from 20 behind to beat Eastern Illinois 43 – 39

 

Week 3 – Winner (To read the Week 3 article, click here.)

UNLV coming from 21 behind to beat Central Michigan 31 – 21

 

Week 2 – Winner (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

SMU coming from 17 behind to beat Montana State 31 – 30

 

Week 1 – Winners (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

North Dakota State coming from 14 behind to beat Kansas State 24 -21

Troy coming from 14 behind to beat UAB 34 – 31

WEEK 5 – College Football Crisis Management Award

With Week 4 happily in our rear view mirror, we anxiously anticipated many of the intriguing match-ups on the Week 5 slate.  Most of the early season cupcake games are over with now (although a few of those supposed cupcakes did some damage) and conference play is starting to dominate the schedule.  Although there were some interesting match-ups and games to separate the real contenders for conference championships from the early season pretenders, there was not a whole lot of excitement on the field of play and few games with amazing comebacks.

Just like the football adage, “The best offense is a good defense”, in the field of crisis management, sometimes the best emergency preparedness program is in what you do to prevent a crisis.  There are numerous disaster prevention techniques ranging from backing up data to building redundant technology and operations infrastructure that make for a good defense.  While awarding the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award each week, we have also been tracking those teams that have, thus far, prevented a crisis and have not yet faced a deficit.  Five weeks into the college football campaign for 2013 and out of the 123 FBS schools, there are still 5 teams that have yet to trail at any point in any of their games.  Those five teams are: the Louisville Cardinals; Miami Hurricanes; Ohio State Buckeyes; Texas Tech Red Raiders; and, Washington Huskies.

WEEK 5 RECAP

With most of the FCS, pre-season-type games over with, and with quite a few byes on the schedule for Week 5, there were only 49 football games with FBS schools scheduled for this week.  Of those 49 games, 21 were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  And, of those 21 games, only 7 teams came back after trailing by more than 8 points (one score).  Of the 28 teams that won without ever trailing in the game, a relatively large number – 13 – were the visiting team.

The UNLV Rebels came back from a 14 point deficit in their victory over New Mexico to almost become our first repeat winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award, but they came up two points shy of our Week 5 winner, the San Diego State Aztecs, who defeated New Mexico State (not a good week for New Mexico football teams).

San Diego State

SAN DIEGO STATE

SD StateThe San Diego State Aztecs rolled into Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces, NM still looking for their first win of the 2013 college football season at 0 – 3.  Their hosts, the New Mexico State Aggies had fared no better thus far this year losing their first 4 contests of the season.  But, that is one of the things we love about the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award; every team, every week, no matter their record, no matter what conference they play in, no matter their ranking or their history, has the opportunity to win this award.  Of course, that means you must first suffer the angst of falling behind by a relatively large margin before rallying your way back to victory – but, any team can do it – and, this week, the award would come from a game in which neither team had yet to secure a victory.

The Aggies would be the first team on the scoreboard scoring on their first possession of the game.  With an impressive 10 play, 68 yard drive, the Aggies would go ahead 7 – 0 on a 6 yard TD pass from Andrew McDonald to Joshua Bowen.

The Aggies would tally 3 more points on their second possession of the game after a 9 play, 69 yard drive ended with a 28 yard field goal by Maxwell Johnson.

Although New Mexico State did not score on their third possession of the game, they would get the ball back one play after punting when Darien Johnson recovered an Aztec fumble at the San Diego State 30 yard line.  Two plays later, Andrew McDonald tossed a 15 yard touchdown pass to Andrew Dean to add to their lead.  The funny thing about the Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award winning games is – you never know when the tide will change or what play will signify the shift in momentum.  In this instance, that shift started with the rare blocked extra point attempt returned for a 2 point safety when David Lamar scooped up the blocked kick and ran the length of the football field for the safety.

The Aggies’ 16 point lead – the lead that qualified San Diego State for this week’s award – was actually cut to 14 points without any time coming off of the scoreboard clock.  A true rarity.

San Diego State scored the 2 points on New Mexico State’s extra point attempt and got possession of the ball on the kick-off.  San Diego State converted the pursuing drive into a 25 yard Wes Feer field goal to make the score 16 – 5.

On San Diego State’s next possession, they also marched the ball down field but were held one yard shy of a score on a 4th and goal from the 3.  After getting the ball back again with 13 seconds left in the half, San Diego State moved close enough to attempt a 40 yard field goal which was blocked by the Aggies who went into half time holding that 16 – 5 lead.

On San Diego State’s first possession of the 2nd half, after stymying the Aggies on a 4th down attempt at the Aztec 31, they went on an impressive 14 play, 69 yard drive culminating in a Donnel Pumphrey 12 yard touchdown run.  The Aztecs then failed in their two point attempt and trailed 16 – 11.

 San Diego State would then take the lead on the first play of the 4th quarter.  Donnel Pumphrey scored his second touchdown of the day from 2 yards out capping off an 8 play, 60 yard drive by the Aztecs.  The successful two-point conversion put the Aztecs up by a field goal at 19 – 16.

When, later in the 4th quarter, Donnel Pumphrey reached the end zone for the third time on the day, on a 43 yard scamper, the Aztecs would secure their first victory of the year and win the Week 5 Safe Harbor Consulting College Football Crisis Management Award.

Certificate - Week 5 - San Diego State

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

Businesses, just like college football teams, can experience huge deficits from business interruption events in which they must rally from behind to stay in the game.  In the area of Crisis Management, game day is the arrival of the tornado; the coming floods; the day the hurricane strikes; a fire; a regional pandemic; technology failures; or any of a variety of risks and threats that can interrupt your business processes and/or the technologies that support them.  And, just like college football teams, your ability to overcome these deficits is directly related to the time and effort you put into planning your strategies and practicing your emergency response, business continuity and disaster recovery plays.

Safe Harbor Consulting has assisted companies and organizations, large and small, in preparing and exercising their crisis management and business continuity playbooks.  To learn more about how Safe Harbor Consulting can help you prepare for your greatest comeback, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz; visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053; or, call us at (253) 509-0233.

Congratulations to the San Diego State Aztecs for overcoming adversity and rallying back from the largest deficit faced by a winning team during Week 5 of the 2013 college football season.   Now that we are getting into the meat of the College Football schedule and conference play is under way, we can hardly wait to see what is in store for Week 6.

Week 5 – Honorable Mention

Florida State coming from 14 behind to beat Boston College 48 – 34

UNLV coming from 14 behind to beat New Mexico 56 – 42

 

Week 4 – Winner (To read the Week 4 article, click here.)

Northern Illinois coming from 20 behind to beat Eastern Illinois 43 – 39

 

Week 3 – Winner (To read the Week 3 article, click here.)

UNLV coming from 21 behind to beat Central Michigan 31 – 21

 

Week 2 – Winner (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

SMU coming from 17 behind to beat Montana State 31 – 30

 

Week 1 – Winners (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

North Dakota State coming from 14 behind to beat Kansas State 24 -21

Troy coming from 14 behind to beat UAB
34 – 31

R U O K?

Many business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency response and crisis management programs currently utilize some sort of automated notification tool to alert employees of an incident and/or to call them to action following a disaster.  I have written past blogs about being careful with what you say in the recorded message being used for this notification because you can never be quite sure who is listening to the message – but, now, I want to know if you are making sure you also use this tool to ask, “Are you okay?”

I often hear business continuity and disaster recovery planners remind employees that job one is to ensure the health and welfare of employees and job two is to recover business operations and the tools to support them.  I think it is important to practice what we preach and to construct our emergency messages in the same vain.  I think it would be nice to first put in some information on how the company can help the employee, if they need, prior to asking the employee to help the company by engaging their recovery plans.

And, this does not just apply to messages being recorded (or typed) for the automated notification systems.  If your program still relies on phone call trees, I think it is a good idea to include this verbiage in a suggested script to be used for these calls.

Furthermore, I think it is important to keep the “Are you okay?” mantra going throughout the recovery effort.  I think it is important to do more than just make sure that employees know how to contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), but to also make that ask throughout the effort.  Not only should you help keep the employee okay by enforcing shift limits and making sure no one over does it in their anxiety to help the company through a tough time – but you need to make the ask.  Ask them if they are okay before they show signs that indicate otherwise.

And, finally, that same ask should be made after the incident is over.  There are many emergency response programs that require a mental health recovery period following participation in an incident.  You may want to consider a similar policy for certain members of your emergency response, crisis management, business continuity and/or disaster recovery teams.

Making sure the employees are okay during and throughout an emergency may require more than what your EAP has to offer.  There are companies out there that provide at time of disaster mental health assistance that can be on-site to help identify problems and help resolve issues when they arise.  You should consider including these types of companies in your program directories.  One such company, Empathia, is included in the My Links section of this blog page – but there are others, as well.

Just a thought.  And, I hope this blog finds you OK!

Is “The Cloud” Clouding Our Judgment?

The cloud does not only happen in a cloud. The cloud is simply a nebulous way of depicting the magic that happens between geographically distanced technology interacting over a network. Clouds have been long used as a way to pictorially represent a network connection between two end-points without trying to depict or represent the hardware, technology and software that resides inside. Clouds have been around for a long time in technical schematics but the term “cloud computing” has only recently come in vogue as an answer to everyone’s technology prayer. It is, in a manner of speaking, a cute little marketing gimmick.

As far as business continuity and disaster recovery planning is concerned, we should not think of the cloud as the savior to all our recovery challenges. In fact, the only thing that is really new is the term. Technology continuity programs have utilized networks to distance end users from the technology they use; to allow flexible access to other resources to meet increased demand or adjust to unexpected problems; and, to back up data to off-site locations for a long time. Before the term “the cloud” became a cool thing to say, we simply called it remote computing.

But the fact remains, there is still hardware and software at each end of and within the cloud itself that can break and require redundancies, quick fixes or alternate modes of operation depending upon the timeliness you need that functionality back in play. In other words – we still need disaster recovery plans.

Furthermore, the cloud represents some additional risks and threats itself. Just as the cloud is used to avoid depicting what happens inside, it also hides who might be inside there with you. Networks can be compromised. You may not know who else is inside that cloud looking at, duplicating and/or changing your data. In addition, much of the cloud concept now includes having solutions where data and applications are warehoused on technology that houses other organization’s data and applications as well. All of this opens up risks of compromise, sabotage and cyber terrorism. In fact now, some endpoints that do not have adequate backup solutions in place can take down numerous companies with one incident. There are several industries that utilize the cloud to access a monopoly-like third party service provider to help them function. If that organization experiences a failure without adequate backup systems in place – an entire industry could be jeopardized. One example that immediately comes to mind is the airlines industry. There are few service providers that provide flight control data necessary to board planes, perform crew scheduling, and manage operations. If one of those entities experiences a prolonged outage – many airlines may be non-operational until the systems can be brought back up on-line.

Like almost everything else in life, the cloud provides many benefits but it also has potential risks and downfalls. I simply suggest that business continuity and disaster recovery planners do not let the hype of “the cloud” to cloud our judgments on what is needed in our continuity programs. In many cases, the use of the cloud simply relocates single-points-of-failure or moves risks and threats from internal assets to vendor supported assets, but the risks and threats are still there and the impacts of failure still remain.

Summer Is Ending – That Must Mean DRJ Fall World

I wish I could tell you that the reason there hasn’t been a blog article here for over a month is that I was vacationing in some exotic location without internet access; or I was deep in remote, third world countries performing humanitarian work for international charities; or that I won the lottery and was out spending my new found fortunes ­ ­­- but, I can’t.

Although the reason that there hasn’t been a blog article here for over a month isn’t exactly a bad reason – in fact, I am happy to say that the primary reason is I have been busy with delivering consulting projects for new clients.

For me, that is a hopeful sign.  This bares hope of a sign that the economy is picking up and companies are now able to support projects, such as business continuity planning, that are often deemed deferrable during down-times.  This bares hope that budgets are starting to allow for monies to invest in consulting assistance for projects, such as disaster recovery planning, where the in-house expertise is lacking.  This bares hope, that Safe Harbor Consulting is gaining a reputation for delivering professional consulting assistance and is making a name for itself in the crisis management and emergency planning arena.

But, I realize, even with all these “good” signs keeping me busy, I still have an obligation – to Safe Harbor Consulting and to those of you who invest time from your busy days to check out this page – to keep the articles and information fresh.  So, now that summer vacations are over – even though I did not take one – and, the kids are back in school, it is time to get some fresh information out on this blog.

The end of Summer Vacations, the start of school, football season kicking off in the United States are all signs of the calendar changing to fall.  And, in our profession that means DRJ Fall World.  I am happy to report that I am typing up this blog page from my hotel room at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Resort at DRJ Fall World 2012.  It is Monday afternoon and we are off to a tremendous start.

Yesterday, Sunday, was full of tremendous Workshop Sessions, a welcoming reception and product demonstrations.  Today, Monday, kicked-off with 3 very informative and entertaining General Sessions and the opening of the Exhibit Hall full of vendors and service providers ready and willing to educate you on their products and services designed to assist in the strengthening and expanding of your business continuity, disaster recovery, crisis management and emergency response programs.

I have already passed out and collected numerous business cards – the real value-add at these conferences – and have made a number of new acquaintances and new friends … and it IS ONLY MONDAY!!

I am looking forward to the breakout sessions this afternoon and two more action packed days of DRJ Fall World laying in front of me.  This DRJ conference marks the 47th Conference put on by the DRJ and they just keep getting better.  That is mostly because the attendees are getting more experienced and are able to drive the topics discussed to deeper and more complex levels of challenges that we face in this field.

I will – I promise – post a few more blogs during my time here so that you can learn some of the stuff that I learn.  And, if you happen to be here – come up and say, “Hi” – it would be a pleasure to meet you, as well.

But, now – I have those breakout sessions to get to, so, I will see you later.

Happy Birthday To Us!

This month is the 1 Year Anniversary for this Business Continuity Blog page.  And you thought we couldn’t keep it going for a whole year! ;-)  Our first article on this blog was posted on July 16, 2011.  Since that time, we have posted 130 articles on the topics of business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency preparedness and crisis management.  Who knew we had so much to say … watch it!

Over the past year, we have had over 5,600 unique views of our blog page – not too shabby for a page in such a specific and unique field of expertise.  And, we sincerely thank each and every one of you who invested your valuable time to see what it is we had to say (or write about).  We especially thank all of you who have come back to check us out periodically throughout the year.

We added the facebook “Like” option to our page about ¾ of the way through the year and have received a good number of “likes” on certain articles.  By doing so, you have helped promote our site to others in your facebook network to help broaden our exposure, and, for that, we thank you.

The page views have continuously trended up throughout the year, so we know our reach is expanding and our audience is growing, this is all the incentive we need going into year two to make sure we keep the page fresh and add new content.

We have invited you to also participate as guest bloggers on our page and have had a couple individuals express interest in doing so and anxiously await their entries to post to our page.  If you would like to post your articles here, just let us know.

We have worked hard to get this page recognized by Internet search engines and have been successful in getting this page listed as the number 1 or 2 entry when doing a search on “Business Continuity Blogs”.  This, we think, is mainly achieved by the number of fresh, updates we post to the site.

By the number of spam messages we have received throughout the year – over 8,800! – it is obvious that our page is easily found.

The one thing that we would like to have done better is, to have achieved more comments on our posts.  Over the past year we only received 45 comments on our articles.  Not a bad number, but we were hoping this forum would generate more conversation.  Comments help us to assess whether or not we are addressing the right topics and help you to educate us (and other readers) on other techniques and practices that you have found to work for you and your organizations.

Overall, it has been a fun year.  Sometimes we are challenged to come up with fresh, new content, but, through incidents and other forums, we have been able to find new and unique ideas to post about.  We anticipate the same for year two.

So, if you are reading this and have enjoyed our page over the past year, or even if you are reading your first post on this site, we would gladly accept your birthday present as a comment on this article to help propel us into year two knowing there are people out there celebrating along with us.  Thanks.

Happy Memorial Day from Safe Harbor Consulting

Many of us across the United States of America get to enjoy a Monday holiday in memory of the brave men and women who have given up their lives in defense of our country and our freedoms.

War is a horrible and tragic reminder of man’s imperfections.  It is unfortunate that, at times, we must engage in such atrocities to protect the people and liberties that we cherish.  Whereas, it would be wonderful if man could resolve conflict without the need to result to war, it is a luxury that we do not live with today.

However, today is not the day to discuss the need for or the rights and wrongs about war, but rather, it is a day to remember those who lost their lives in fighting them on our behalf.

We, at Safe Harbor Consulting, proudly join in with other Americans across the United States in remembering those individuals who died keeping our harbors safe.

There was a time, not too far ago, when business continuity practitioners in the U.S. didn’t really consider the threats of war as a viable risk to plan for.  The tragic events of 9/11 changed the way some people think about war and changed the way some business continuity planners think about risks.

Many more brave young men and women have been added to the names of those we remember on this day since that tragic event.

So, as we, and millions of other Americans enjoy our parades; our backyard cookouts; our baseball games; and, our freedom – we say, “Thank you”.

Happy Memorial Day.

The Folks at Safe Harbor Consulting

Happy Mother’s Day from Safe Harbor Consulting

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday and we would like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms that might be reading our blog page – but, hopefully, not on Sunday.

When you stop and think about it, business continuity planners and emergency management professionals could probably learn a lot about our trade from Moms.

The first effective Call Trees were probably implemented by Moms looking for that hard to find child who didn’t make it home on time for dinner.  The missing-child’s Mom would call neighbor Moms, who would call other Mom’s, who would call other Mom’s, until someone finally hit on the location of that lost-track-of-time child and report back to the initial Mom.

And what Mother’s purse does not show signs of being a fully equipped Emergency Go Kit?

Mom’s always know the important phone numbers to call and always seem to know just where to post this information so it is easily found when needed.

If you ever want to know what the “mission critical” items are for a safe and prosperous vacation, just look into the Mom’s suitcases – all the critical and essential “business processes” are neatly packed and readily available.

And, should a crisis erupt, who better than Mom to take charge, rally the troops, stymie the panic and find the mops to start cleaning up the mess?

From kissing booboos to easing broken hearts, Mom is the quintessential emergency manager and crisis counselor.

So, thanks Moms.  Not only have you helped us along the way in life, but you have prepared us for this odd profession we find ourselves in today.

Have a Happy Mother’s Day.

The Denny Wilford Foundation Presentation

On January 10, 2012, we posted a blog titled, “A Worthy Cause”, which introduced you, our readers, to the Denny Wilford Foundation.  The Denny Wilford foundation was established to help continue the Rotary Club’s mission of eradicating the world of polio.  Denny and his group have been focused on assisting communities in Ethiopia deal with a still prevalent polio crisis.

In that blog, we asked for donations on behalf of the Business Continuity and Emergency Management Planning community, at large, to contribute to this cause.  We also posted the blog in several Linked-In special interest groups for business continuity planners.

Today, May 8, 2012, at the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club luncheon, Joe Flach, CEO of Safe Harbor Consulting was able to present to Denny, on behalf of all Business Continuity and Emergency Management professionals who graciously contributed to this cause, a check for $500.00.

Denny was very thankful for the contribution and was proud to announce that this check just about helped him reach his total funding goal for the water aerobics therapy facility his foundation is building in Addis Ababa, Ehtiopia.

If you did not have a chance to contribute during this drive, but still wish to make a donation to the Denny Wilford Foundation, please do so through this link.

I knew I could count on my fellow professionals to help out on this worthy cause.  Thank you for your thoughtful contributions.