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BICEPP - Helping Businesses Become Disaster Resilient

Founded under the direction of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley in 1983


What: BICEPP is a non-profit professional association of emergency management and business continuity professionals from both the private and public sector.


Mission: Our goal is to provide a forum for information exchange to enhance emergency preparedness and contingency planning within the business community.


Website: On this site, you’ll find BICEPP's scheduled events:

• Links to programs and events of interest to our members and friends
• Articles, links and resources helpful for the business and disaster communities
• Specific disaster related information for the business community.

If you are new to BICEPP, we hope you will consider joining BICEPP to gain access to reduced event fees and resources reserved for BICEPP members only.



     
Click to Become a BICEPP Member      


PLEASE NOTE:

BICEPP's logo is considered proprietary. If you would like to use it on your website or on other promotional material, BICEPP must approve the use prior to any use.






Nominations Are
Being Accepted for BICEPP's 2024 Award's Presentation this November

 

Both members and friends of BICEPP are encouraged to nominate any person, group or organization who has contributed significantly to the field of emergency preparedness, management, mitigation, response or planning. Nominees should be role models to other emergency professionals (aspiring and veteran) and demonstrate dedication, positive attitude and outstanding job performance. Awardee’s will be recognized at BICEPP’s Annual Award’s Dinner in November.

 

2024 BICEPP Award Nomination Process.pdf

To nominate - download and complete this form -  
2024 Fillable Nomination Form.pdf

Calendar of Events
BICEPP's Board of Director meetings are open to everyone. Most 2024 meetings will be virtual, but 3 or 4 may become in-person events, hosted by one of our generous sponsors.


Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

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FEMA – Building Collapse

Virtual Tabletop Exercise

 

 

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 - 8 am to Noon

Free of charge - registration required by July 22

 

Description:

As part of BICEPP’s Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) series, we will be facilitating a building collapse scenario VTTX, focusing on an organization’s role in responding to the potential consequences of a building collapse to your business and neighborhood. Experienced experts will be discussing simulated scenarios in this informal setting. This scenario can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures. 

 

Exercise Goals:

This virtual exercise will help participants apply the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to effectively respond to emergency management incidents of varying complexities.

 

Overall objectives include

  1. Improving resiliency of organizations to natural and manmade disasters. 
  2. Increasing participants’ knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively conduct all-hazards emergency response. 
  3. Allowing attendees to share preparation, response, and recovery solutions with all participants. 
  1. Enabling participants to better coordinate response operations with counterparts from federal agencies, state & local governments, private sector organizations, and nongovernmental agencies. 

 

This event is provided free of charge

2024 Building Collapse VTTX Flyer 


Click Here to Register


2024 Membership Bowling Mixer


  

 

Thursday, August 15, 2024 - 6:00 - 7:30pm

Must register by August 7 so reservations can be made


Back Alley Bowling in Glendale (135 S. Glendale Ave, 91205)

Bowling Free and appetizers available. Shoe rental $5.00


Guaranteed Fun:

Join members of BICEPP and other emergency management professions and friends for an evening of bowling and networking. BICEPP will reserve two lanes for an hour of bowling starting at 6 pm. Bowling is not required and there will be prizes available for lucky attendees (don’t worry, bowling experience is not required to bowl or win a prize). Join us to network with others in the field and to learn more about BICEPP’s mission as a forum for information exchange and enhancing emergency preparedness within our business community.

Bowling Mixer Aug 15 2024.pdf

Register Here

 

 


Webinar Program

“Staying Open for Business After Disasters”
  
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Thursday, August 22, 2024

9:00-10:30am

 

Rationale:

More than one in four businesses will experience a significant crisis each year; of those businesses that experience a disaster and have no emergency plan, 43 percent never reopen; of those that do reopen, only 29 percent are still operating two years later. 


Join Us:

Join us for this informative webinar to learn key planning activities and simple approaches to get an emergency and recovery plan in place for your business.

Our presenter:

Chris Wright is the current BICEPP President and an experienced emergency and business continuity planer with over 30 years of knowledge helping businesses prepare for, manage, and recover from a variety of business impacting emergencies. 

 

Free to current BICEPP members ($20 for non-members)

 

2024 Staying Open For Business

Register Here


BICEPP's 2023 Awards Dinner was an Awesome Evening Recognizing Many Talented Emergency Management Professionals


Awards Dinner Video


Each year BICEPP recognizes and honors individuals and organizations who have shown outstanding achievements in the field of emergency preparedness, 
management, response, mitigation, communications and recovery. The flyer below lists BICEPP's 2023 Recipients.

Congratulations to those receiving awards - listed below in the event flyer


Invitation Flyer Here

Awardee Bios
Tim Kneeland
Jeremiah Alfaro
Robert Ristick
Les Borsay
Michelle Constant
Gary Hanfling
Lee Goldstein
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
Eric Boldt
Los Angeles Comminications Center
Joshua Miller

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BICEPP's New
Promotion Video

 

Enjoy the Video

Thank you Blue Turtle Pro Media

 

Become a BICEPP Member

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BICEPP Membership Brochure Here     Sign-up for Membership Here

Questions, requests, comments - please email info@bicepp.org

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BICEPP 40 Year Anniversary Challenge Coin

 

To celebrate our fortieth year of leading the disaster community in Southern California, BICEPP is offering a coin to mark this important anniversary. BICEPP is proud of its history and the many contributions made to the resilience of our business community.

 

$10 each if picked up. $15 if mailed to US addresses.

 

Send an email to info@bicepp.org if interested in purchasing one.

A Special Thanks to BICEPP's Generous Sponsors


Benefactor Logos                   Corporate Sponsor Logos   

Please send relevant job openings to BICEPP for posting consideration.

Current postings here

BICEPP Program History

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BICEPP Networking Event - Great Evening

 

October 25, 2023 - 5pm - 7pm


Robin Hood British Pub

BICEPP In-Person Mixer

The BICEPP Board of Directors is excited to invite you to join us for an evening of networking and getting to know our Board members, friends and Los Angeles Emergency Management professionals. Plus we introduced our 40th Anniversary challenge coins!


2023 Robin Hood Mixer.pdf

“Staying Open for Business After Disasters”

NOTE: Members can access Chris's presentation in our Membership Only Access Section

October 12, 2023 -
Virtual presentation by Chris Wright, BICEPP's President

2023 Staying Open for Business After Disasters Flyer



The effects of disasters on businesses can be quite profound:
 

More than one in four businesses will experience a significant crisis each year; of those businesses that experience a disaster and have no emergency plan, 43 percent never reopen; of those that do reopen, only 29 percent are still operating two years later.

Presenter:
Chris Wright, is the current BICEPP President and an experienced emergency and business continuity planner with over 30 years of knowledge helping businesses prepare for, manage, and recover from a variety of business impacting emergencies. 

Fees:
• Free to current BICEPP members  • $20 for non-members 



 

Ready Your LA Business
August 23, 10:00 - 11:00 am - Via Zoom
November 9, 2023, 10:00 - 11:00 am - Via Zoom


Description - Plan for the 
Unpredictable:

Ready Your LA Neighborhood program are designed to support Los Angeles citizens and businesses.


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d disaster could happen any day. Many businesses will be forced to close permanently. Disasters include earthquakes, tsunamis, terrorist and cyber attacks and health pandemics. Planning is the easiest, cheapest, and most effective tool for disaster recovery.  
Presenter - Brenda Rodriquez:


Flyer Here   Video From Aug 23, 2023 Session


Red Tagged. Now What?

In person presentation and Q&A by Stacy Gerlich (lunch & learn)

Wednesday, April 19, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Download Flyer Here     Register Here


Description:
What would be the impact to your business if you were not able to access your building? A "red-tagged" structure is one that’s been damaged so severely it is too dangerous to inhabit. Structures can be red tagged for a variety of reasons. Learn how Red Tagging might affect your business. Presenter 
Stacy Gerlich (StacyGerlich@gmail.com) Stacy is an expert in dealing with all types of disasters and understands the challenges of Red Tagging a structure. This event was provided for free and is presented cooperatively by BICEPP and the American Society of Safety Professionals.


Next BICEPP VTTX – Wildfire Urban Interface: 2
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Flooding - Virtual Tabletop Exercise - Well received & attended

 

March 23, 2023 10am to Noon


What:
As part of our Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) series, BICEPP will be facilitating a Flooding scenario VTTX. This VTTX will focus on the role of your organization(s) in response to potential consequences of flooding from a winter storm and other secondary hazards such as landslides, sinkholes, etc. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting. This scenario can be


2023 BICEPP Mar 23 Flooding VTTX Flyer.pdf


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Mixer - Awesome Get-together & Premier

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Sizzle Reel Premier at 6:30

Ireland’s 32 Pub (Appetizers will be provided )

  

BICEPP In-Person Mixer

The BICEPP Board of Directors is excited to invite you to join them for a networking mixer in honor of BICEPP’s new organization marketing advertisement “Sizzle Reel”. This is a great opportunity to meet the Board members and others in Emergency Preparedness.

 

2023 BICEPP Invitation March 2, 2023.pdf


 

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2022 BICEPP Annual Awards Dinner Was Awesome (Nov 17)


It was an especially meaningful, wonderful and emotional hosting this year's Awards Dinner after two years of COVID cancellations. And as expected, the Proud Bird Events Center was excellent. A truly fantastic event, made possible through the work of several dedicated BICEPP members, directed by the persistence of 37-year member and officer holder Chris Wright. If you missed this year, please put Nov 2023 on your calendar now.





The 2022 award recipients are as 
follows:

    • President’s AwardUSGS ShakeAlert®
    • Rising Star - Nathaniel Moore - Safe-T-Proof
    • Award of Excellence - Mark Benthien – Earthquake Country Alliance; ALERTWildfire; Glen Granholm – Safe-T-Proof; Mona Bontty – CalOES (retired); and Dr. Rita Burke – USC - Keck School of Medicine
    • Award of Recognition -  Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (T-CEP); Quake Cottage; Carol Parks – City of Los Angeles EMD; Jill Barnes – LAUSD; and John Bwarie – Stratiscope

2022 BICEPP Awards Dinner Invite.pdf      Click for more information and a slide show


ShakeAlert®: Building an Earthquake Resilient Business - Sep 22


 

These world-renowned experts will shed light on the history, insights, access, and important real-world use in business: Introduction to ShakeAlert (Dr. Robert de Groot); Benefits of ShakeAlert to the Business Community (Margaret Vinci); Cedar-Sinai Hospital ShakeAlert Implementation Case Study (Ryan Tuchmayer); and ShakeAlert Earthquake Drill Manual (Dr Gabriel Lotto).


 2022 BICEPP ShakeAlert Panel Discussion Flyer  BICEPP Members can access this webinar via BICEPP's Members Only Access section


Tsunami Hits Ventura (May 12)


Dan Wall, City of Ventura Emergency Manager, will:

  1. Discuss the impact a tsunami had to Ventura in Jan 2022 (there have been at least nine since 1812 causing local damage).
  2. Present exerts from the “After Action Report” outlining damage and several recommended solutions going forward.
  3. Take-aways include: How do you assess the risk of a tsunami? Who will be in charge? How do you assess damage? And solutions going forward

Tsunami Hits Ventura County.pdf


Family Reunification - Earthquake (April 1)


Program:

BICEPP is hosting a Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) sponsored by the FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI). This VTTX will focus on reunifying unaccompanied minors and separated or missing children with their parents or legal guardians in the aftermath of a disaster. 

Handouts available for BICEPP members in the Members Only section of the website


 Earthquake  - Free Virtual Tabletop Exercise (Mar 10)


BICEPP is hosting Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) sponsored by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). It is being provided at no charge. This VTTX will focus on the role of your organization(s) in response to potential consequences of an earthquake, as well as the interdisciplinary and interagency coordination at the Federal, State Regional and local level. This scenario can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting. Lead facilitation for the exercise will be coordinated by EMI, with local facilitation provided by BICEPP.

 

BICEPP Earthquake Flyer.pdf


Active Threat - Mall Shooting (Jan 13)


According to the FBI, active shooter incidents occur at places of businesses and retail stores – including shopping malls – more than at any other location.


BICEPP is hosting Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) sponsored by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). It is being provided at no charge. This VTTX will focus on the role of your organization(s) in response to potential consequences of an active shooter scenario, as well as the interdisciplinary and interagency coordination both at the local, state, and Federal level. This scenario can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting. Lead facilitation for the exercise will be coordinated by EMI, with local facilitation provided by BICEPP.

BICEPP Active Threat – Mall Shooting.pdf


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Preparing Your Business to Survive the Next Disaster (July 29)

...and even the next one!

Emergencies and disasters are a part of life in Southern California. Our businesses and industries should be prepared. Ines Pearce is an expert in business resiliency and will present the best ways to ensure your business is prepared to survive the next disaster and all disasters to follow.


Preparing For Disasters - Ines Pearce BICEPP.pdf


Active Threat - Vehicle as a Weapon (July 15)


BICEPP is hosting Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) sponsored by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). It is being provided at no charge. This VTTX will focus on a simulate an attack taking place using a vehicle as the weapon and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures. The VTTX involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting, and can be used to assess plans, policies, training, and procedures. Lead facilitation for the exercise will be coordinated by EMI, with local facilitation provided by the participating agency.


BICEPP Active Threat - Vehicle VTTX Flyer.pdf


BICEPP's Virtual Mixer (May 19)




 This event was sponsored by BICEPP's Membership Committee  2021Committee May 19 BICEPP Virtual Networking Flyer.pdf

Cyber Security - Virtual Tabletop Exercise (Apr 22)


BICEPP is hosting Virtual Tabletop Exercise (VTTX) sponsored by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). It is being provided at 
no charge. This VTTX is designed for organizations interested in raising awareness of cyber risk management, cyber related planning, and other issues related to cyber incident prevention, protection, and response. The scenario will focus on increasingly complex and severe cyber threats, beginning with general information on a potential security risk and culminating with the containment, eradication, and recovery from a cyber-incident.

Download Flyer - 2021 Apr 22 BICEPP Cyber Security VTTX Flyer TK.pdf


Healthcare Emergency Management in the Era of COVID-19 (April 7)


Emergency management in a healthcare environment has its own unique challenges, especially in the time of COVID-19. UCLA Health’s Emergency Management Program uses an “all hazards” approach to ensure effective mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery to disasters and emergencies that affect the hospital environment of care. With this approach, UCLA Health was able to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to progress on other emergency preparedness initiatives and maintaining readiness for other disasters. 


Flyer - 2021 Apr 7 Healthcare Webinar.pdf   Video of Event Here (Member Only Access)


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Anticipating the Behavioral Challenges of COVID-19 & Civil Unrest (Dec 9)


This webinar will help professionals working in emergency management, business continuity, security and public safety roles better manage the consequences of the current threat landscape. Steve Crimando of Behavioral Science Applications LLC, will address the unique behavioral elements of COVID-19 and civil unrest, as well as providing approaches to anticipating and responding to the human impacts of these events.

Webinar Flyer Here     WFH SECURITY WHITE PAPER.PDF     BICEPP CHAPTER MEETING.pdf    


ShakeOut - for Staff Working from Home (Oct 21)

Caltech's Margaret Vinci will discuss the challenges of preparing for a disaster duri ng times of COVID-19. Since so many staff are working from home offices, make sure they are included in your disaster plans & ShakeOut Drill. Resources for the ShakeOut Drill for staff working from home will be provided.

Webinar Flyer Here      Video recording is available to BICEPP members  (Member Only Access)

The Birth of CERT (Sep 2)

LAFD Assistant Fire Chief Frank Borden, aka “The Father of CERT”. Frank will talk about the - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program from the beginnings in Los Angeles to the nationwide FEMA program we know today.

BICEPP The Birth of CERT Flyer.pdf 
Video recording is available to BICEPP member  (Member Only Access)

EARTHQUAKES: Why all businesses SHOULD do what California Hospitals MUST Do (Jun 24)


Join BICEPP board member Glen Granholm of Safe-T-Proof, for an informative talk covering recent changes to the California Building Code as well as guidance from OSHPD (The Office of Statewide Healthcare Planning & Development) that clarify the changes. These resources can make it easier for organizations to decide what items in their facility should be secured in advance of an earthquake.

How Social Media Has Devastated Public Relations (Feb 12)


How has social media has changed the relationship a company has with the public during and after a crisis?  Ken Kondo, an expert in dealing with the press and social media, will share his experiences and answer questions on how social media has changed our world.

Devastated Social Media BICEPP Flyer.pdf



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