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Resolve to Start the New Year Off Right
Many of us mark the start of a new year by making resolutions. Here are a few suggestions for resolutions you can make to improve your community's ability to withstand a disaster:

1. Make or update a personal emergency plan or your
business continuity plan

2. Explore how businesses can join government entities
to support emergency preparedness and response

3. Volunteer and give back to your community

ALAN can help you get started with all of those resolutions. Join us in making our communities more resilient in 2012!

Preparedness Matters
Community resiliency starts with preparedness in the form of emergency response programs, disaster training and exercises, and shared information. www.Ready.gov offers resources to direct you in creating an all-hazards continuity program. The website also includes resources on how you can help your employees prepare their homes and families. Resolve to be ready in 2012.

National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security Announced
This week at the World Economic Forum, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced the release of the "National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security." This important document identifies two goals:

1. To promote the efficient and secure movement of goods
2. To foster a resilient supply chain

There will certainly be implications for our industry as this strategy is discussed and policies are created. We're following this topic closely and hope to participate in and contribute to the conversation. We welcome your ideas on how to achieve the goals set forth. Look for more information in the near future. For a detailed description of the strategy and goals, view the White House fact sheet.

The Many Faces of ALAN
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (www.nvoad.org) has hired Daniel Stoecker as Executive Director. Stoecker is the former COO and Deputy Executive Director of BPSOS, Inc. He was active in the Gulf Coast disaster response and recovery efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Ike and the 2010 BP oil spill. Stoecker has previously held management positions with private sector telecom and media organizations. Read more about Stoecker and National VOAD.