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BOLDplanning Attends Arkansas Governor’s Earthquake Advisory Council Summer Meeting

BOLDplanning has a long standing membership with the Arkansas Governor’s Earthquake Advisory Council (AGEAC).  BOLDplanning team member Brittney Whatley attended the summer meeting of the Council In Heber Springs, AR last week.

Guest speakers included the Director of Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, A.J. Gary, Dr. Clint Wood and Martha Kopper from the Arkansas Geological Survey. By participating in this annual GEAC meeting, BOLDplanning stays current on information regarding earthquakes, a major hazard for Arkansans.

BOLDplanning Facilitates EOP Exercise For DeKalb County, GA

This week, longtime client DeKalb County, GA welcomed BOLDplanning to facilitate a Table Top Exercise (TTX) designed to test and validate the county’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) which is developed in the BOLDplanning.com platform. BOLDplanning CEO Fulton J. Wold led the exercise along with Master Exercise Practitioner Cathleen Atchison. The full day exercise was well attended and included not only DeKalb County planners, but also staff from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the city of Decatur, GA.

BOLDplanning Gets Things Rolling At IUP

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) is the latest institution of higher education to trust BOLDplanning with its continuity planning initiative. BOLDplanning Global Solutions team members, Cathleen Atchison and Cassandra Wolff, led Continuity of Operation Plan (COOP) plan development workshops for more than 110 IUP faculty and staff over two days this week. Thank you IUP and go Crimson Hawks! We’re behind you all the way!

BOLDplanning Recognizes America’s Veterans, Observes Memorial Day Holiday

As a reminder, Monday, May 28th, is Memorial Day. A day when we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

On behalf of everyone at BOLDplanning, we say “thank you” to those who gave their lives to defend our great nation, as well as those who continue to protect her today.

In observance of the national holiday, which unofficially kicks off the summer season, our offices will be closed on Monday, May 28th (although our Help Desk will be available for urgent matters). Normal business hours, 8:00 – 5:00 CDT, will resume on Tuesday, May 29th.

Enjoy the long weekend and Happy Memorial Day from BOLDplanning!

BOLDplanning and DeKalb County, GA, Paving the Way to a more Prepared Georgia

DeKalb County, GA Emergency Management Agency partnered with BOLDplanning to develop a Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs). BOLDplanning Vice President of Global Solutions Ed Wolff and Global Solution project manager Cathleen Atchison led workshops this week designed to further update their EOP.

Thank you DeKalb County EMA for the continued confidence in our planning system and our methodology!

BOLDplanning Tests Continuity Plans for Oregon Metro Regional Government

This week BOLDplanning traveled to Oregon, where we conducted a tabletop exercise to validate the Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) of Oregon Metro Regional Government. Oregon Metro handles regional public land planning and management, and a variety of other public service functions for the area surrounding the City of Portland.

The exercise was developed by BOLDplanning Master Exercise Practitioner, Cathleen Atchison, and facilitated by BOLDplanning Global Solutions team members, Matt Eyer and Brittney Whatley.

Thank you, Oregon Metro, for your continued partnership and ongoing efforts to keep your COOP current and actionable. We look forward to working with you further as Oregon Metro Regional Government strengthens its culture of preparedness!

BOLDplanning’s Drone Winner at the 2018 Texas Emergency Management Conference

As the exhibits came to a close at the 2018 Texas Emergency Management Conference (TEMC), BOLDplanning Solutions Director, John Taylor, announced the winner of our drawing for a DJI Spark Mini-Drone. Picture here receiving the drone is Mike Montgomery (white shirt) from ESCI. Congratulations, Mike! Enjoy your BOLDplanning prize, and we’ll see you at TEMC next year.

Congratulations to Drone Winner at Governor’s Hurricane Conference 2018

Now that the exhibits at Governor’s Hurricane Conference have officially closed, we’d like to thank everyone for making it such a huge success (as always) for BOLDplanning. We’d also like to congratulate Kevin Rodgers of Homestead Air Force Base on winning our DJI Spark Drone giveaway. Thanks for all you do to serve our great country, Kevin, and enjoy your prize. We hope to see you next year in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida for Governor’s Hurricane 2019. We’ll be there with bells on!

National Hurricane Preparedness Week: A Reminder to All to Plan for Mother Nature’s Fury

It’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week. And even though it will draw to a close on May 12th, FEMA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are encouraging everyone—individuals, families, businesses and communities—to ready themselves for for the Atlantic Hurricane Season. It officially starts on June 1st and runs all the way through November.

Like FEMA and NOAA, BOLDplanning knows that hurricanes don’t just affect coastal areas. Torrential rain, high winds and deadly tornadoes can take a devastating toll as storms move inland. Who can forget Hurricane Harvey? This record-setting storm dumped copious amounts of rain (anywhere from 40 to 61 inches) in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. It also triggered widespread flash flooding in parts of Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

As a proven leader in emergency, continuity and mitigation planning who’s headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, BOLDplanning knows a thing or two about extreme weather and the need for preparation. This month marks the eight-year anniversary of the historic Nashville flood, during which over 13 ½ inches of rain fell in just 36 hours, and devastated our city.

With the images from this unprecedented weather event forever etched in our minds, the BOLDplanning team looks for every opportunity to encourage severe weather preparedness. Hurricane Preparedness Week is one of those times.

So, whether your organization is located along the Atlantic coast or 500 miles away, use this time to plan ahead for all that Mother Nature can, and inevitably will, dish out. And don’t stop there. Strive to create a culture of preparedness that extends the whole year through. That’s our number one goal at BOLDplanning, and we want to make it a reality for your public or private sector organization.

Visit us online or call 615.469.5558 to schedule a no-obligation discussion about your organization’s emergency and continuity planning needs. Or, if you are attending the 32nd Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida, next week, stop by and see us in Booth #330.

Also visit ready.gov for severe weather preparedness tips, and download FEMA’s 2018 Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Digital Toolkit. If the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is anything like last year, you’ll be glad you did.

BOLDplanning Continues Its Work in Oregon

Special thanks to the Legislature of the State of Oregon for welcoming BOLDplanning to Salem for further training and plan development in support of their Continuity of Operations Planning initiative. BOLDplanning Global Solutions team members Brittney Whatley and Matt Eyer spent worked in the Capitol for a day and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of Oregon.