As retailers, most of us are used to the idea of short-term closures for a holiday and even in a disaster like a hurricane, when we might be closed for a few days or a week. But rarely, if ever, have we all had to close for multiple weeks at time. During this unprecedented pandemic, there are many precautions you may not have considered as you plan your reentry strategy and begin to get back to business. What condition was the store in when you locked the door and what will it be like when you go back in? From air filters to garbage, from mold to rodents, and that’s all before we talk about extending social distancing, managing a healthy workforce, and more.
This webinar features disaster preparedness, business recovery, and reentry expert Ed Minyard, CEO of ResponseForce1, who brings decades of experience in managing response strategies for a wide variety of disasters, including hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and previous pandemics. Minyard and his teams have experience around the globe in helping governments, communities, and businesses deal with the impact of these events and will offer useful tips and tactics to consider as you prepare to reenter and recover your business operations.
- Environmental hazards
- Physical security considerations
- New retail norms including expanded social distancing and beyond
- Measuring and managing a healthy workforce
- Expecting frustration—planning for the worst will get you to your best
Edward Minyard has over 40 years of experience in providing advisory services, with a keen focus on risk management, security, incident management, and processes related to business continuity. He is the founder of ResponseForce1 Corp and has served in leadership roles within several of the world’s largest consulting and technology companies, including Accenture and Unisys. As a partner at Accenture, Minyard was engaged in their cyber security practice in the US and Canada, as well as business continuity planning for that same region. As managing partner, North America for the emergency management practice of Unisys, he oversaw the delivery of emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery services to key Unisys clients, including the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the City of New Orleans.
Over the past five years, Minyard has provided business continuity and crisis management advisory services to both public and private sector entities, including Dun & Bradstreet, Cotiviti, and Harvard Business Publishing. Most recently, he was directly involved with response planning and response to Hurricane Michael and before that the “2017 Hurricane Swarm” that affected the US mainland, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Minyard is the author of After Disaster: An Insider’s Perspective from the Heart of Chaos and is a frequent speaker on the topics of crisis management and preparedness. He has keynoted conferences for the American Bankers Association, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, LP Magazine, and the International Association of Emergency Managers.