Creating an emergency, continuity or hazard mitigation plan is no small undertaking. It’s a complicated and lengthy process that requires a great deal of communication (and collaboration) on many different levels, and from both in- and outside the walls of your organization. It also often requires a certain level of planning expertise that many operations simply do not have with their current staff. For these reasons and a variety of others, many organizations look for vendors, or partners, who can help them meet their emergency, continuity or mitigation planning goals. These partners usually possess one or more of the following certifications, to name just a few:
- CBCP – DRI Certified Business Continuity Professional
- CEM – IAEM Certified Emergency Manager
- MEP – FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner
- PMP – Project Management Professional
- ABCP – DRI Associate Business Continuity Professional
- PCP- FEMA Professional Continuity Practitioner
- MCP– FEMA Master Continuity Practitioner
At BOLDplannning, we believe such certifications are key differentiators when choosing a planning partner. Our numerous public and private sector clients across the country tend to agree. That’s why we encourage our entire team, from the front desk to the help desk and every staff member in between, to expand their knowledge of contingency planning, emergency management and mitigation principles. And, to do so on a regular and continual basis. This includes taking advantage of FEMA courses like the Professional Development Series (PDS) and the Advanced Professional Series (APS), for example.
Most everyone at BOLDplanning is a CBCP, including company co-founder, Fulton Wold. Others are CEMs and MEPs with several decades of real-world experience in both the public and private sectors. And, the company’s resident Geographic Information System (GIS/mapping) expert is now actively working toward her certification as a FEMA HAZUS Practitioner (there are fewer than 100 in the entire country!). It’s also important to note that nearly everyone at BOLDplanning holds an undergraduate degree in planning-related fields, or are now finishing their master’s in affiliated disciplines.
Certifications really do matter when choosing a planning partner, so choose wisely. Choose BOLDplanning, where the list of certifications, experience and accomplishments goes on and on, and can benefit your organization more and more. Give us a call at 615.469.5558 or send us an email at info@BOLDplanning.com to find out more now.