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  • Risk Trends
    Headlines reflect a disarming lack of confidence.
    In this Blog I have selected some key themes from the Insight Report. Illustrating them with images from the report.
    Extreme events and uncertainties continue to dominate the landscape.
    Central to context is the question of “what do we value?”
    Central to vulnerabilities are supply chains.
    Highlights in the “top right” quadrant
    Yes, No, and Maybe
    With enhanced foresight being a ‘must-have’
    The Frameworks have remained robust for decades
    At the ground level, we offer apps – many free, some up to $5 – which can go a long way to support you asking the right questions.
    For those who can make it for a Face-to-Face, Adelaide 27 Feb awaits
  • Disaster Management Workshop – a business perspective.

    Adelaide, Monday 27 Feb, 9am -11am, $85

  • Be wary of “fonts of all knowledge”

    It is heartening to know people who are experts. More so when you know several who are experts in the same field – but with different ways of looking at things. It’s not that they’re right. It’s that they make you think.

    Similarly, the role of having a strong range of criteria to consider when making a decision is fundamental.

    It’s often a challenge to get business to look beyond cost and the minimum necessary “legally required” considerations, to embrace questions of best practice.

    Below is a set of criteria I use in the free decision making app “Disaster Management”. A nice feature of the app is you can edit the criteria – but I offer them – and the app – for your consideration.

  • Free Disaster Risk Assessor App

    Use our free app to map and explore how you are at risk.

    We also use it as a “pre-read” lead into our business continuity workshops.

    A team is the best value workshop package
    International Standards and best practices

    Hazards are not equally significant.

    Adjust your risk thresholds to reflect your “acceptability” levels
    Things ‘at risk’ are not equal.

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  • The Power of Art

    Art is a very powerful way to engage and stimulate.

    An especially striking example is the cover of the New Yorker which often uses thought provoking images. Currently, the communication is about the impact of extreme events on our cities.

    TITLE – The Future Is Here ARTIST – Birgit Schossow

    Depicting a giant wave – in the iconic style of Katsushika Hokusai – cresting over New York City.

    Business continuity planning has recently gained more importance than ever because of the global weather events such as those happening all around us. Such planning helps us to remain better positioned to recover from the business interruption, property damage, financial impact, and loss of life associated with a disaster or crisis.

    A recent illustration in our local paper – Adelaide (South Australia)
    Click on this image to jump on the chance to be involved in our Business Continuity Planning Workshop in Adelaide on 19 December

    The workshop will be facilitated by John Salter, an experienced expert who has been recognized since 1997 for “preventing disasters, or where that is not possible, reducing the potential for harm”.(Reference: Barrister Hugh Selby in The Inquest Handbook)

  • Shut happens

    The hospitality industry invests heavily on having bumper weekends. They’re the days everyone is “out and about”.

    Except … when you can’t be “up and at em”.

    And today was like that for many popular venues in our area.

    There might be lessons for the day – there might be lessons from the day. Especially if there is an opportunity to reflect on your approach to business continuity and disruption more broadly!

    Consider the approach outlined below:

    Use a highly reputed international reference NFPA 1600 – a gold standard!
    This weekend it was hazard number 46.
    Next week … it might be …
    Consider how agile your business is.

    Reflect on your vulnerabilities with a straightforward, widely used, and useful “heuristic”. The 4Ps.

    Try the agile approach to business continuity by using our free App

    If you like the approach, consider our comprehensive coverage of careabouts in the FlyingFish Business Continuity App – for less than US$5 (we will be using it at our Dec 19 workshop in Adelaide)
    Our next workshop is on Dec 19 in Adelaide
  • We assess risk to manage it better

    Good apps help people find the best answers by asking the right questions. Hopefully our two recent releases do precisely that!

    Disaster Risk Assessor

    Disaster Risk Assessor



    We assess #risk so we can #manage it better. #Disaster #Management is about #decisions in #uncertainty. Our recently released free apps support you do this by leveraging best practice Standards and logical processes. Hopefully they help protect the things and people you value.

    Disaster Management Decision Maker

    Disaster Management Decision Maker



  • Our free tools support GAR2022 approach
    Reference Figure 5 of the below PDF – call to action.
  • Supply Chain Bottlenecks Classic
  • When disasters hit, are plans important?

    Yes, no and maybe. It depends on what you think “plans” are.

    If having documentation in place which prescribes things to do – and looks a bit like the FROM column below – constitutes a “plan” – then NO.

    If having arrangements in place which will support you to assess impact, make informed decisions and implement those decisions effectively – and looks a bit like the TO column below – constitutes a “plan” – then YES.

    I recently completed a “submission form” for our business
    – and answered “NO”

    Why did I answer “NO”?

    Because we rely on an agile approach to business continuity.

    We live under the TO column (in the above Table).

    Our invitation? Engage – Explore the problem space with us
    Reference: McKinsey & Company

Disaster photo opportunity? Blue collar!

Interesting to see how the politicians dressed for the recent NSW floods. They get it. Sometimes, small things become big things. President Bush and his public relations team got it – the new head of FEMA (Michael Brown) didn’t get it. Consequently, it has become an iconic image of how NOT to dress – especially… Read More

… so I get another safety guy.

This story – from Matt Damon – about Tom Cruise is bemusing because it is about “your risk” – risk you control. However socially imposed risk – especially risk imposed by those with wealth, power, and status, is more problematic. Regardless, both cases call for good decision making. #risky #decisions #decisionmakingprocess

Lessons from cleaning up …

Some things change … some things don’t. Cleaning out old stuff – in this case, some plastic overhead transparency slides (remember them) associated with some planning consultancies and teaching at the Australian Counter Disaster College (yes, AC/DC) – 1987 to 1998. The “Risk as a function of the interface between hazards and vulnerability” lives on… Read More

Vulnerability is at the heart of good risk assessment

How do you recognise and address your vulnerabilities to disasters? We are all exposed to different hazards. To different disasters. We are all differently vulnerable. The internationally respected Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management (NFPA 1600) defines risk as a measure of the probability and severity of adverse effects that result from exposure to… Read More

How can I get the Agile Business Continuity app as a tool for use across the organization?

Scale up to Your Flying Fish ‘YourFlyingFish’ – Agile Business Continuity App tailored for you The Agile Business Continuity app can be customized for your organisation – your hazards, your care-abouts, and your risk tolerance – supporting clarity, consistency and conversations

Free app to support your nimble business continuity capability

The Agile Business Continuity app uses a risk-based approach recognizing people have different contexts. We all might share some of the same exposures to extreme events. We all might share some of the same things we care about. However, context is crucial. It is useful to consider how your hazards interface with your vulnerabilities. To… Read More

The biro and pencil – urban myth 101 but also a useful story

One of my favourite scenes from the movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’ illustrates the importance of the “minimum necessary” principle. It also reminds me of the story about America spending big on biro development while Russia achieved the same outcomes using a pencil 😂. Myth. But a good joke – which unfortunately became internet mischief. I… Read More