Nathaniel Forbes

Nathaniel Forbes is the director of <a href=http://www.calamityprevention.com target=blank>Forbes Calamity Prevention</a>, a Singapore-based consulting firm providing business continuity, crisis management and emergency response advice and training to multinational companies, with a focus on companies with offices in Asia. <br>The firm is 10 years old. FCP's current and past clients include <a href=http://www.sgx.com target=blank>Singapore Exchange Ltd</a>, <a href=http://www.ocbc.com.sg target=_blank>OCBC Bank</a>, <a href=http://www.axa.com.sg target=blank>AXA Insurance</a>, <a href=http://www.gillette.com target=blank>The Gillette Company</a>, <a href=http://www.siemens.com target=blank>Siemens</a> and <a href=http://www.abnamro.com.sg target=blank'>ABN Amro Bank</a>. <br>A former President of the Singapore Computer Society’s <a href=http://www.scs.org.sg/BCG.php target=blank>Business Continuity Group</a>, Nathaniel passed the DRII’s <a href=http://www.certtest.com/bcp.html target=blank>Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP) examination</a> in 1997. He has lived, traveled or worked in Asia since 1973.

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BCP makes it to TV

BCP makes it to TV

You'll enjoy this 30-second television advertisement from Fidelity Investments that illuminates the benefits of contingency planning. The spot originally ran in the United States; it's posted on YouTube.

June 26, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

BCP's Holy Grail

BCP's Holy Grail

If your insurance company offered a reduced premium for having a BCP, would that get your CFO's attention?Of course it would--particularly if the premium discount was more than the cost of preparing the plan.

June 10, 2007 by in Security

Hard to fix the Big Easy

Hard to fix the Big Easy

I think it is disgraceful that a nation that spends US$275 million per day to rebuild Iraq cannot clean and paint a dozen life-saving fire stations in New Orleans in the year-and-a-half since Hurricane Katrina.So in April, I volunteered with Continuity Cares to assist for a day in repair and rehabilitation in America's home of gumbo, jazz, Fat Tuesday--and oil refining.

May 17, 2007 by in Hardware

Bye Bye BLEVE

Bye Bye BLEVE

The petrol kiosk (gas station) at the Golden Shoe Car Park--I have called it "the most dangerous place in Singapore"--pumped its last liter on Wednesday, May 2, 2007. As a contingency planner, I am delighted it closed.

May 4, 2007 by in Singapore

Who's the boss in BCP?

Who's the boss in BCP?

updated 2 May 2007A colleague asked me about the structure of responsibility for business continuity management at multinational banks in Asia. I suppose he's trying to compare his bank's structure--and how much money his department deserves--with his bank's peers in Asia.

March 31, 2007 by in CXO

Concrete ideas

Concrete ideas

I attended the fifth International Symposium on New Technologies for Urban Safety of Mega Cities in Asia (USMCA) last month because, like most planners, I am interested in disasters: learning lessons from past ones, preventing future ones, planning to respond to the ones that will inevitably happen.

December 4, 2006 by in Security

Why you don't store papers on the back stairs

Why you don't store papers on the back stairs

According to a front-page story in The Bangkok Post citing Bangkok police as its source, a fire last Wednesday [Nov. 15, 2006] at one of Thailand's Social Security Office (SSO) buildings "started in a pile of documents near a fire escape" and "consumed some documents left on the staircases".

November 21, 2006 by in Microsoft

Unmasking the truth

Unmasking the truth

Updated 6 April 2007Wearing an N95 mask will not prevent you from getting influenza, and buying multiple masks for every employee in your office as a pandemic preparation is just…blowing money.A mask will prevent someone in your office who is sneezing or coughing from spraying snot, saliva and 'germs' on you and your colleagues, by trapping mucus inside his or her mask.

October 10, 2006 by in Tech Industry

Stocking up on orifice supplies

Stocking up on orifice supplies

What supplies should you acquire to prepare your office for an epidemic of mutated avian influenza?The same supplies you would acquire for an outbreak of any other kind of influenza.

September 25, 2006 by in CXO

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