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SHC Announces its Crisis Management Football Awards Series

Safe Harbor Consulting, LLC (SHC) is happy to announce the upcoming 1st Annual, Crisis Management Football Awards Series.  Each week SHC will identify the College (FBS teams) and NFL Football team(s) that came back from the largest in-game deficits to win that week’s game.

Visit the SHC blog (http://safeharborconsulting.biz/blog2/) each week to learn about the previous week’s largest comebacks in games played by FBS College Football Teams and NFL Pro Football Teams.

“We will highlight how those teams were able to overcome that week’s largest deficit to win their respective football game”, says SHC’s CEO Joe Flach.  “We are looking forward to discovering how college and pro football teams manage the crisis of falling behind in football games and rallying for a win before time runs out.  This should be a fun and exciting way to enjoy the football season while also highlighting crisis management issues.”

Safe Harbor Consulting is a management consulting firm that specializes in crisis management, business continuity and disaster recovery for large, medium and small corporations.  “We suspect that the ability to come from behind in football games is a direct result of the preparations and practices that the teams go through prior to and throughout the season”, states Flach.  “At Safe Harbor Consulting, we help companies and other organizations prepare and exercise their crisis management programs enabling them to recover from business interruption events and technology disasters – and rally from behind before they experience serious financial and reputational losses.  We had the idea of combining our love and passion for business continuity planning with our love and passion for college and pro football and have instituted this year’s SHC Weekly Crisis Management Football Awards.  We hope that other football fans enjoy this feature in our blog as much as we are sure to.”

For more information about Safe Harbor Consulting and how we can help you plan for and/or exercise your business interruption game plans, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz or visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053.

And now, are you ready for some football?

Continuity Insights 2012 Management Conference

The Continuity Insights 2012 Management Conference is scheduled for April 16 – 18 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  And, Safe Harbor Consulting will be there and well represented on the agenda.

We have been slated a terrific spot on the agenda with Joe Flach presenting his break-out session, “Revisiting the BC/DR Planning Methodology” (Session B4) on Monday, April 16 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon.  Then, on Tuesday, April 17 from 9:45 – 11:00 am, Mr. Flach will be a panel member in a break-out session on “Exercise Facilitation Techniques” (Session G4).

You can register through the Continuity Insights website and enjoy early registration discounts.

Safe Harbor Consulting will also be hosting a Hospitality Suite in the “Talking Stick Resort”, where the conference is being held, and we look forward to meeting and entertaining you there.  We will post the room number for the hospitality suite on the Conference Bulletin Board at the conference.

We are looking forward to some fun in the sun; interesting and educating sessions; and good times with good friends.  Let us know if you are planning to attend the conference so we can be sure to connect in Scottsdale.

Risk Free, Satisfaction Guaranteed Program Review

Safe Harbor Consulting (SHC), a management consulting firm specializing in business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency response and crisis management, is offering a risk free, satisfaction guaranteed Program Review.  SHC will review your program documentation, interview employees with key responsibilities in your solutions and review other program material in an effort to discover opportunities to strengthen your programs, improve your strategies and/or expand your solutions.

If, at the completion of the review and following the delivery of the SHC Findings Report, you are not satisfied that we have identified valid, substantial opportunities to advance your program and/or better position your organization’s response and recovery posture, you will not be invoiced for SHC services.

“I have found that having outside experts review program material prior to conducting a Tabletop Exercise or Physical Program Test is an excellent technique for ensuring your program material is in tip-top condition prior to sharing it with internal management and employees”, says Joe Flach, CEO and Lead Consultant at SHC.  “If the material we review is in excellent condition and, other than a few cosmetic fixes has no real identifiable issues, problems or concerns, than our review will indicate as much and we will not charge you for our efforts.  Only if we discover legitimate opportunities to improve the program or program material, and only if the customer agrees that we have achieved this, will we prepare an invoice for our agreed upon fees.”

To take advantage of this Risk Free, Satisfaction Guaranteed Program Review offer, please contact Safe Harbor Consulting at (253) 509-0233 or email them at safeharborconsulting@yahoo.com.  To learn more about Safe Harbor Consulting you can visit them at www.safeharborconsulting.biz.

Remembering 9/11

It’s the Friday before a three day week-end and I am fresh out of ideas to post on my blog page – so, I am going to cheat.  As a hobby, and to remove myself from the sometimes morbid and mundane world of disaster recovery and emergency response planning, I write poems, song lyrics and short stories.  Most of these are posted on a web page at PoetrySoup.com and on a Facebook group page that I created, “Poems, Lyrics and Stuff by an Average Joe” (you can request to be a member of the group, if you like).  And, being that the anniversary of 9/11 is only a few days away, I am going to include a little short narrative I wrote about that day earlier this year.  Enjoy your 3 day weekend, all.  Joe

The Saturday After, by Joe Flach (written 1/18/2011)

My first concern was to contact family, friends and employees that might be in the immediate vicinity of the event.  We are one of those lucky stories where my wife had a doctor’s appointment and did not go to work that morning, otherwise – well, I’d rather not think about otherwise.

Given what I do and where I was living at the time, I spent the rest of the week trying to find corporate real estate immediately available for occupancy and doing interviews.  If you do a web search on my name and “eagle rock” you can still find some of those articles.

Early Saturday morning, I took my one son who still lived at home onto the city to volunteer our assistance.  We took the Jersey City ferry into midtown.  At first, we made our way to the Javits Center where volunteers were to gather.  Even at 6:30 in the morning this place was pure chaos with hundreds of people wandering around with no organization. 

We decided this was a lost cause and started walking down towards the World Trade Center.  What a surreal experience this was.  For 30 blocks we walked down the middle of NYC streets without any traffic in site.  No taxis; no cars; no buses; no pedestrians.  It felt like a scene out of a science fiction movie with NYC totally barren of life, save for the two figures making their way downtown.

A few blocks from downtown, we were met by roadblocks.  We walked up and down a few streets to see if there was any place we could be of service.  We came upon a street with a man on the other side of the blockade handing out water bottles to rescue workers returning from the WTC.  We asked the police officer if we could assist the man and he let us inside the barrier.

The supply of water bottles was getting low so I gave the man $200 and he went off to purchase more.  Meanwhile, my son and I handed bottles of water to rescuers covered in sweat and soot.  Over time, a crowd started building up behind the barriers and people started cheering and clapping for each rescue worker as they came up to get some water.

Somehow, whenever the water bottle supply got low, a new supply arrived.  My son and I spent hours handing out water to tired and thirsty rescue workers as the crowd grew and the cheering increased.  It was just our way of providing what little help we could and it helped us, personally, come to terms with what had taken place in our own backyard.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of that tragic day on September 11.  I hope we never forget.

In Memory of John M. Flach

There have been no posts in this blog for one week due to the passing of my father, John M. Flach on August 1.

My father was of great support and inspiration for me throughout my professional career. He provided much advice and guidance along the way. He took pride in my success and was great help when I needed it most. I will truly miss my friend, my mentor and my father – he played all three roles remarkably well.