Non-Profit COOP Planning

March 07, 2007
David Janda w/ DCEM 266-5950 Bulie Williams w/United Way 246-4390
Emergency Management

Dane County, United Way partner to help non-profits prep to weather any crisis Madison planning expert to present pilot program A five-part pilot series is being offered for local non-profit organizations to develop a plan on how they will function through crises, including pandemics. The classes are taught by a Madison recovery expert and sponsored by Dane County Emergency Management and United Way of Dane County. “We want to ensure our partners can survive an emergency,” Dane County Executive Falk said of the program developed by Bergee Business Continuity Planning of Madison. Dane County relies upon non-profit organizations to support its citizens in the areas of home health care delivery, home meal delivery, transportation services, and counseling services. “Instead of taking away a to-do list, this workshop will walk participants through each step of the planning process. Upon completion, organizations can be prepared to hit the ground running during and after a disaster.” Called the “Non-Profit Business Continuity/Pandemic Planning Program,” the pilot series is for key leaders of non-profit organizations to develop a continuity of operations plan ensuring their operations survive an emergency and recover from a disaster. Paul Bergee, a Certified Business Continuity Professional of Bergee Business Continuity Planning of Madison, will present the five-part program on March 28, May 2, June 20, July 10 and another date yet to be determined. Bergee is donating the pilot program’s training and materials for up to 20 non-profit organizations. He has more than 30 years of business continuity experience with local businesses including CUNA Mutual, the American Red Cross Badger Chapter and Methodist Hospital. ###