Association of Contingency Planners
P. O. Box 776
Tulsa, OK 74101-0776
Copyright © 2008, Association of Contingency Planners
Pandemic Influenza Report
LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Taking a moment to look back from 2008, accolades are in order for Richard “Rick” Meyers. Rick successfully guided the Oklahoma chapter of ACP as President for the past two years 2006 & 2007. Thanks Rick for your service to the Contingency Planning profession.
For 2008, the 25th year anniversary of ACP, of which the Oklahoma chapter has been established 15 years, the awareness of the need for Contingency Planning continues to be highlighted by numerous incidents day in and day out.
Most vivid is the Ice Storm peril that occurred in December of 2007. The gridlock that occurred through the lack of power, the roadways being blocked, the services that were unavailable, etc., provided a glimpse of an end game of a flu epidemic. Also, the Ice Storm revealed that there are still some planning needs in the “virtual” office concept as many homes where one could sign on to work from home via computer, did not have the auxiliary electrical power to drive the computer.
I also want to give credit to all who are involved in the Contingency Planning profession as well as the Emergency Responders. The effort to be prepared in the event of a catastrophic event, with hopes of never having to use the plans, often times goes unnoticed.
Additionally, our thoughts are with the individuals for whom their lives are changed as a result of damage. Our goal, as Contingency Planning professionals, is to minimize the time it takes to recover systems and services in order for the support systems to be available.
We will continue to plan 6 meetings a year in Oklahoma City and 6 meetings in Tulsa. Our combined goals should be to grow the membership by at least 10 people this year and get the word out about who we are, and what we are all about. This chapter has been in existence since 1993, and we are very capable of being at the top of the list for membership and leadership for ACP International. This is Oklahoma!
I look forward to meeting the membership over the next year and hope that we can work together to move the Oklahoma Chapter to the forefront of ACP International.
I want to close with a “Thanks List”.
- Thanks again to Rick Meyers for presiding over 2006 and 2007
- Thanks to Stephanie Casey, our 2007 MVP Award winner as Director for Programming and Membership excellence
- Thanks to Dorothy Gray for taking on the Membership Director role for 2008.
- Thanks to Robert Smith for serving as Treasurer during 2007 and 2008
- Thanks to Becky Acton for serving as Vice President during 2008
- Thanks to you all for being interested in the DR/BCP profession.