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The most critical step in being able to recover from a disaster is being prepared for one in the first place. Anyone who has actually managed a business' recovery from a disaster knows that the most critical factor when it comes to business and operation continuity is having a plan in place before the disaster strikes. In an emergency, the most wasteful use of workers' time (and sometimes their safety), is in setting up makeshift IT triage—that is, on-the-fly access to data and applications after a disaster. Disaster preparedness means having, at the very least, the data and apps that are required to keep day-to-day operations already running in a remote location and ready to access. Also it's practically guaranteed that, after experiencing a disaster, a company will not be running with its full staff. In short, IT contingency in wake of emergencies should be as seamless, as compliant with corporate security policies, and as easy for end-users to access as possible. Easier Than Ever Such disaster preparedness is easier than ever for companies to deploy because of changing trends in technology.
So, why are many organizations still not on-board with creating strong disaster preparedness plans? His research interests focus on individual and organizational responses to risk, improvisation and creativity during crisis, post-disaster shelter and housing, and planning for behavioral health services. As a MPH graduate student intern with the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS), Mr. Jody DePriest is a Regional Vice President of Operations for Southern Magnolia Management which owns and operates nursing facilities in Southern Louisiana. Director of the Division in the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services which is charged with enforcing state and federal regulations for the protection of individuals of all ages in long term care facilities. He supervises 48 planners, technical experts, and administrative professionals who are prepared to respond to natural and man-made related emergencies.
For 24 years prior, he supervised up to 50 instructors and support personnel at the Delaware State Fire School as they delivered training to first-responders from Delaware, other States, and Canada. He is responsible for coordinating the successful implementation of the Incident Command System (ICS) structure into the Delaware Emergency Operations Plan (DEOP), Hazard Specific Annexes, and planning and developing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that govern how the State of Delaware will respond in an emergency situation. Before pursuing a career in Emergency Management, Edward was a Meteorologist in the United States Air Force.
Quinn is the Director of the Office of Preparedness within the Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness Section at the state of Delaware's Division of Public Health.
Nicole holds an MPA from the University of Delaware, School of Public Policy and Administration. Ruth Campbell has been doing some type of emergency response activity for thirty (30) of her thirty-two (32) years of state service. Ruth is currently a Social Services Senior Administrator for the Division of Social Services.
Prior to taking the position with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency Kevin was employed as a police officer for 29 years. Kevin has served in the Clayton Fire Company as a volunteer firefighter for 38 years having serving as fire chief.
Kevin has a Bachelors Degree in Management and Supervision from Wilmington College and holds a Professional Development Certificate from the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD.

This conference will share the lessons learned from a statewide research project to develop a crisis response capacity for long-term care facilities during natural and man-made disasters in Delaware. The Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware is conveniently located next door to the John M. The DLTCRP has applied for CEUs applicable to licensing requirements for the Delaware Nursing Home Administrators and Delaware Nursing Boards. While disaster recovery will always involve some on-fly decision making and adapting to realities on the ground, both of these can be made orders of magnitude easier by having contingency plans and systems already in place, and staff who are already trained how to implement them.
Disaster recovery (without proper preparedness) may mean IT scrambling to find a place to set up a replacement server, take a copy of the data and applications from the damaged server, and then restore that data and re-install mission-critical apps to give end-users the alternative access they need to continue key operations. Often, such implementations in the wake of an emergency, are not properly configured, may be insecure, and may not meet required corporate compliances, such as HIPAA. It also means having trained end-users how to access that in-place, contingent data so they can continue to get to the systems they need, whether they are working on company-issued machines or their own mobile devices.
IT employees, who would setup these temporary disaster recovery fixes, may not be available or present to implement them, so redundancies need to be built in, and plans clearly documented, so that whoever needs to step in can do so.
Cloud computing, virtualization, and the continuing increase of always-connected and relatively powerful mobile devices in the hands of end-users are all key ingredients in deploying a strong and effective disaster preparedness solution.
In a recent survey conducted by Symantec of IT decision-makers in small- to-mid-sized businesses, only 26 percent have a disaster preparedness plan in place. James Kendra is an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and Director of the Disaster Research Center.
Kendra has participated in several quick response disaster reconnaissance trips, including the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, 2003 Midwest tornadoes, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, as well as documenting maritime relief efforts in the US following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Weidner conducted statistical research and analysis of emergency preparedness levels within New Jersey's health departments and hospital providers associated with Homeland Security Presidential Directive - HSPD 21. Rick Hong serves as the Medical Director of the Office of Preparedness within Delawarea€™s Division of Public Health and is a board-certified emergency physician at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ.
Hong is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, earning Bachelora€™s degrees in Chemistry from the College of Arts and Sciences and Health Care Management and Policy from the Wharton School.
DePriest became acutely aware of the needs of a detailed emergency disaster plan after facing one of the greatest natural disasters in U.S.
DePriest and his organization hold mock disaster drills on an annual basis and formulate a a€?worsta€? case scenario to house more than 1200 long term care residents and staff from approximately 10 long term care facilities. DePriest also devotes time to the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Board as an item writer and reviewer for the National Long Term Care Administratora€™s Exam. DePriest is a graduate of Louisiana State University Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
The Division regularly surveys all facilities in Delaware which provide long term care, including nursing homes, group homes, and neighborhood. He manages the State Emergency Operations Center during training and exercises, emergency activations and has coordinated operations for Presidential declared federal disasters. He developed instructional materials; managed training for programs, and future training initiatives, He also published suggested Standard Operating Guidelines for the Delaware Emergency Services Community.
He is currently the Operations Officer for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency where he is responsible for developing and maintaining the operational procedures necessary to respond to and recover from events, both manmade and natural, that could potentially impact the State of Delaware and its citizens.

Edward also coordinates the activities required to bring the State Emergency Operations Center from normal day to day operations to full 24 hour disaster response mode. The Office of Preparedness takes the lead and collaborates with partners and the community to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive program to prepare for, mitigate against, respond to and recover from public health threats and emergencies. He retired from the Delaware State Police as a Master Corporal in 2001 having served for 10 years in the aviation section as a paramedic, 4 years in the truck enforcement unit, and 6 years as patrol officer.
Kevin has served the Kent County Delaware Fire Service as president of the County Fire Chiefa€™s and Firefightera€™s Associations, as well as serving as president of the Delaware State Fire Chiefa€™s Association and president of the Delaware Volunteer Firefightera€™s Association. Ample parking is available, and the Marriott Courtyard-University Hotel is conveniently located next door. Previously he was coordinator of the Emergency Administration and Planning Program in the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas.
He has been involved in several emergency planning and exercise efforts, and he is a Certified Emergency Manager. In his current position as the Director of Emergency Preparedness for the Health Care Association of New Jersey, Mr. He earned a Bachelors of Science (BS) in Public Health Administration from Rutgers University, and his Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental Health, with concentration in Public Health Emergency Preparedness, from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. It is also charged with investigating allegations of abuse and neglect of individuals in such facilities. He is appointed by the Governor to administer all fiscal, planning, and operational functions of DEMA as assigned by law or delegated by the Delaware Safety and Homeland Security Secretary.
Kevin is also an instructor with the Delaware State Fire School having served for 32 years. In this first of four articles on disaster preparedness, we tell you how to start thinking about disaster preparedness and how to gather the information you will need to create an effective, efficient plan for recovering from whatever fate throws at you. He graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a degree in marine transportation, and served several years at sea, attaining a Master Mariner license. Weidner is responsible for all-hazards emergency preparedness, Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) exercise design and planning, emergency communications and response to a membership of over 280 long term care and assisted living facilities across New Jersey.
Kevin has served as the Chief of Police for the Town of Wyoming, Delaware for 4 A? years, the as a civilian criminal investigator in the Delaware State Police Sex Offender Unit for 4 A? years.
His mastera€™s degree is in geography from the University of Massachusetts, and his PhD is in geography from Rutgers University. He is a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, with interests in boating safety and public education. While employed at Client Logic, Kevin developed a professional development training program for the security officers to enhance their knowledge of security and safety.
In addition Kevin developed a safety training program for new employees as well as a comprehensive safety education program resulting in a 75% reduction in facility related injuries.

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