News

  • 11/18/2021 1:12 PM | Chairman CPAC (Administrator)

    As we like to say here in North and South Carolina, "Happy Fall Y'All!" Fall is a wonderful time of year, and this year has been one of the most beautiful in memory. The brilliantly colored leaves contrasting with the beautiful evergreens are an amazing sight. Fall festivals, homecomings, and county fairs galore make for a wonderful season in the Carolinas., as the summer heat gives way to cool days and colder nights. It is a spectacular season of change as we head into the new year. 

    Fall is also a season of change for your CPAC organization. This News/Blog post itself is one of several changes CPAC is looking to implement as we move forward in our 33rd year. Today I’ll share some additional and exciting changes CPAC has in store for you. 

    If you are only a contact on the CPAC mailing list, I encourage you to make a change right now and become a member with benefits. Changes moving forward include implementation of fees to non-members for some events, services, and other offerings... Membership also includes voting rights for certain topics such a board representation, presentation topics, and other official business. Members receive CEUs for certification programs with DRII/BCI. There are many other benefits and your personal membership card will ensure you receive the most from your organization. Join Today! 

    In an effort to expand our membership, the Board of Directors has engaged former CPAC board chair, David Shimberg in the role of "Advisor to the Board". David has a world of experience with the organization and will be a great ambassador to proclaim the benefits of membership with CPAC. David is working with board members through 2022 to engage in activities driving public relations and membership. We welcome David to this active role for CPAC. 

    Here are some important and exciting things in store for CPAC members to look forward to and take action on: 

    • Board Nomination Email - Volunteer for an open board position by dedicating 10 hours or more per month to CPAC administration 

    • Board Voting Poll - An online poll of board position nominations and other organizational business you will definitely want to voice your support for as a voting member 

    • Fall Newsletter - An email newsletter to CPAC contacts for organizational updates and information 

    • Membership Renewal Notices - Members will receive automated notifications from our membership management system so be sure you renew within the deadline period to avoid losing access to member benefits including your website login, access to past presentations, membership card, and more 

    • Annual Report - The annual report will be documented by the board and circulated to members so that you may review the activities for 2021 

    • Guidance - Thinking selfishly about what you need CPAC to do for you, in terms of training or other resources and notifying a board member 

    It is now time to nominate and elect your 2022 Board of Directors. Nominations can be made by sending an email to Chairman@cpaccarolinas.org. Be sure to include your name, business name, and attach your resume. Also identify your preferred and secondary board position you would like to volunteer for in 2022. Members have received an email notice for nominations that are due to be returned via email reply by 11/21/2021. Non-members will then receive notice on 11/22/2022 to fill any positions still remaining vacant. Board volunteers receive the benefit of additional CEUs for certification maintenance. Become a board volunteer today as there are several positions open for the 2022 board term that must be filled in order to keep the CPAC organization viable. 

    Some additional and important changes will be happening as we move into 2022. The board will need help on subcommittees moving forward so keep that in mind and look for a notice coming your way in the new year. The organizational By-Laws are due to be updated and the newest version will be submitted to members for a vote.  There is now a non-profit requirement to file an Annual Report with the Secretary of State of North Carolina. Probably of most interest to all supporters, you will begin to see more CPAC activities take place electronically/virtually and may include more polls/votes to contribute to organizational activities. This includes maintaining virtual meetings into early 2022 as we continue to evaluate your interest in returning to "in person" events. The board is always open to your ideas and input to help improve the value of CPAC to our members so feel free to connect with or email any of our board members. 

    CPAC has experienced challenges in membership enrollment and active participation for several years now and needs your help. Without members contributing to the organization, the viability of continuing services to the professional community is challenged and could result in the divestiture of our non-profit organization. It is critical that nominations be made this year into every open board position. Volunteers are needed to help us fulfill organizational tasks and execute on our programs and our mission to provide value to our members.  

    Be on the lookout for an announcement  about a member referral program potentially providing you a reduced membership fee. As mentioned above, join now as a member to avoid missing out on information and events that become fee based. Share your professional experience by volunteering for announced subcommittees when participation is called. Expand your support by volunteering for a Board of Directors open vacancy in 2022. Most of all, enjoy the professional networking and experience of those that support CPAC.    

    The 2021 year has been successful and extremely busy. Virtual work environments have provided challenges and ingenious solutions to proceed through the Information Age. Exciting events such as Event 201, Cyber Polygon, weather safety campaigns, National Preparedness and Cybersecurity months, and a host of other activities provided excellent professional opportunities. Trade conferences from DRJ continued virtually, though other conferences gave way to environmental challenges this year. CPAC meetings and networking events further enriched our professional experiences.  The Board of Directors thanks you for your support in 2021 and we look forward to an active and exciting year for CPAC in 2022. 


    Thank You,

    Chris Servia


    CPAC Board Chairman

    P. O. Box 34387

    Charlotte, NC. 28234

    www.CPACCarolinas.org

         


  • 11/16/2021 11:16 AM | Chairman CPAC (Administrator)

    Hello Valued CPAC Members and Supporters!

    I hope you are doing well, staying safe, and enjoying this fall.

    The CPAC board appreciates your interest and participation in the latest survey, and I want to share with you the overall results and recommendations:

    • Regular CPAC Member Meetings to remain quarterly.

    • Format to remain the same, typically including two presentations on different topics and a networking break. Timing to remain the same 1:00pm -4:00pm with socializing afterward.

    • There is a majority interest in returning to in-person events with a hybrid on-line option, when possible, for Member Meetings and the Annual Symposium. 

    • The top suggestions as to how CPAC can best provide quality programs and services are:

    • Webinars
    • In-house professional development presentations
    • Request presentations by industry vendors 
    • Continue member/attendee solicitation 
    • There is also an interest in CPAC holding Meet-ups between the Member Meetings in order to increase engagement and remain professionally and personally connected.

    We are clearly still going through changes in terms of the pandemic and your health and safety are the priority as we move forward with planning programs and events for the remainder of 2021.

    We would very much like to hear your thoughts, input, feedback, recommendations, and ideas for making CPAC even more valuable for you. 

    We invite you to become involved as a volunteer in whatever capacity you may be interested in and that will help us move forward and grow in our impact. Are you interested in becoming a board member? Please contact us at PublicRelations@cpaccarolinas.org or through the website at www.cpaccarolinas.org.

    We are eager to hear from you!

    Thank you again for your involvement and support for CPAC.

    All the best,

    Dianne

    Dianne Chase

    CPAC VP Public Relations

    PublicRelations@cpaccarolinas.org

    dianne@chasemedia.us


  • 11/06/2021 1:00 AM | Chairman CPAC (Administrator)

    On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the Board of Directors released the following open letter to CPAC members from Past CPAC Chairman, David Shimberg, CBCP, MBCI. As the organization proceeds into a new calendar year it is important to further outreach to our non-member contacts in order to transition into a into our next fiscal year.

    Greetings, valued CPAC Member!

    We hope you are doing well as we move through the final months of 2021.

    We’re contacting you to thank you for your ongoing membership in CPAC, share an update of where we are as we wrap up the year, and to ask for your input and support as an important CPAC member.

    Simply put, we are at a turning point for our association.  Decreases in member participation, support, directional guidance, and willingness to assume leadership roles over past years puts CPAC’s ability to meet your needs at risk.  

    What can you as a CPAC member do?

    • ·         Re-examine how CPAC can help you and your organization in terms of best practices, training, mutual assistance from other CPAC members
    • ·         Reach out to CPAC Board Members and tell us what programs, training, and services you and your organization need from CPAC.
    • ·         Determine how you and/or your organization can best, actively support CPAC (provide direction, present programs, serve in leadership roles, provide sponsorship)
    • ·         Join a CPAC Corporate Leader Committee, helping set CPAC’s direction, better meeting the organizational needs of the corporate members.
    • ·         Host or Sponsor a CPAC meeting or event, i.e., certification training, testing, special programs

    Finally, a reminder that we value you and your support for CPAC.  Professional associations like CPAC are the most cost-effective way for professionals, whether new to the profession or seasoned practitioners, to build and maintain the best BC/DR skills and programs possible.

    Please be assured that we remain confident and optimistic about the possibilities to provide even greater value and engagement for our association! Be on the lookout for a letter announcing our Open Call for board of directors nominations, along with volunteer opportunities.

    Let’s work together for a bright future for our CPAC!

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks,

    The CPAC Board of Directors

    David A. Shimberg, CBCP, MBCI

    Past CPAC Board Chairman

  • 11/02/2021 12:00 PM | Chairman CPAC (Administrator)

    BC Management's Evolving Resiliency Strategies Study is now live!

    2021 has been a year of unprecedented change for many organizations. So we want to hear from you: How have your business continuity and resiliency strategies evolved during the past 12 months?

    Please complete this quick 10-minute study. All participants will receive a complimentary report on the survey findings in addition to a BCM Peer Benchmarking Dashboard - customized by industry or organizational annual gross revenues. Your response is completely confidential.

    Participate in the study by November 15th to be entered into a raffle for a chance to win 1 of 2 $100 Amazon gift cards!

    Thank you,

    The Castellan Team


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  • 08/11/2021 8:28 AM | Chairman CPAC (Administrator)

    An OnSolve on-demand vendor webinar is available to members through the "Member Resources" page. Log in now to view "Optimize the Use of Your Mass Notification System During Hurricane Season".

  • 08/09/2021 10:04 AM | Chairman CPAC (Administrator)

    FREE emergency evacuation plan outline for you and your business needs

    It is one of the many templates, tools and resources included with the book Emergency Evacuation Planning for Your Workplace: From Chaos to Life-Saving Solutions, by Jim Burtles, KLJ, MMLJ, FBCI.

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  • 03/01/2021 11:31 PM | Chairman CPAC (Administrator)

    Membership annual renewals for 2021 have been extended to March 31, 2021.

    Renewals not paid by this due date will result in membership lapse including loss of access to the members area of the website and access to valid membership cards. Please renew your membership by the March 31 deadline to avoid a lapse in your membership benefits.

    Email Membership@cpac_carolinas.org for any assistance needed.

  • 10/25/2020 2:56 PM | Chairman CPAC (Administrator)

    Dear CPAC Membership,

    As 2018-2020 Chair of the Board of Directors, I would like to start off this letter by reminding us why this organization exists in the first place. Business continuity is not why this organization continues to exist. It is because of resilient people. People who believe in the mission of protecting, of preparing, of building and strengthening relationships within our local and extended communities. It is because we care about the wellbeing of people that we do what we do.

    In this Annual Report you will find both a strategic and financial review of the last two and half years. It will lay out what the board has been doing and what we believe the future of CPAC to be. It cannot be done alone and without support from members. As you read this annual report, Please ask yourself these questions: Do I want CPAC to continue to serve me and my community?  What will I commit to do to make sure that happens?

    Contingency Planning Association of the Carolinas’ board of directors’ self-nomination period is open now through November 5, 2020. During this time, we are asking every member to fill out the short 5 questions survey  Membership Poll. This will be integral in the decision around CPAC's future.

    If you are interested in serving on the board of directors for the 2020-2022 term, please email Membership@CPACCarolinas.org. Board members remaining into the 2021 year are listed on the Board of Directors page. Board positions to be filled as soon as possible can be found on the Board Of Directors Vacancies 2020 page.

    Thank you for all you do!

    Danielle

    Danielle L Fritzler, CBCP

    Chairman, Contingency Planning Association of the Carolinas Board of Directors


  • 03/11/2015 10:00 AM | Chairman CPAC (Administrator)

    A Mail List subscription form has been added to the CPAC site. This subscription form will allow visitors to sign up for all public notifications from CPAC Public Relations.

    Notifications may include general notices, surveys, Chapter meeting announcements, Chapter networking events, job announcements, partner organization notices, and other information. Subscription to the CPAC Mail List does not require membership. 

    Note that you may be required to complete a Mail List subscription in order to be granted a sponsored membership by a Bundle Administrator. Your contact information may be required in order to be added to any of the sponor level memberships that are granted a number of memberships for your organization. Your Bundle Administrator for your organization will let you know to complete the subscription form in order to grant your membership under their sponsorship level.

    CPAC looks forward to generation of professional contacts in our directory and maintaining contacts of events of the organization and organization chapters.

    Thank You!  

The Contingency Planning Association of the Carolinas, Inc. (CPAC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit professional peer group organization.

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