Jonathan Trapp will discuss workforce continuity on the 2014 Threat Report.

Preparis is proud to present our 2014 Threat Report Webinar this Thursday, Feb. 6. In the weeks leading up to this event, we’ll spotlight our all-star panelists who will be speaking on the biggest risks to business continuity. Today, we’re proud to introduce Jonathan Trapp.

Trapp is the Emergency Manager for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. In that role, he works to ensure the CDC’s ability to respond to any emergency that may impact a CDC facility or staff member.

Career accomplishments include a continuity-of-operations plan that has been recognized for best practices in the industry. He also developed a humanitarian assistance plan for responding to the death or severe injury of a CDC staff member that is largely unique among civilian federal agencies.

Jonathan has been involved in numerous public health situations including the Southeast Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and, most recently, the ongoing H1N1 outbreak. He has been invited to speak at several international conferences, among them the 2008 World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto, Canada, and recently co-authored an article for the June 2009 International Association of Emergency Managers Bulletin.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Berry and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia, where he was Student of the Year in his graduating class. While at Georgia, Jonathan was one of 400 graduate students nationwide to be accepted into the federal government’s Presidential Management Intern program.

CDC plans for continuity operations in a crisis.

“CDC is required by federal order to have a continuity of operations plan in place so that our pre-identified essential functions can be resumed at an alternate facility within 12 hours of an incident that renders our primary location unavailable,” Trap said.

“We began referring to this plan as a traditional continuity of operations plan event because of the heavy focus that guidance places upon an impact to a facility. But we quickly saw that a pandemic presented a lot of special needs and special areas of planning, and we needed to engage in specific planning to address a pandemic.”

2014 Threat Report attendees can hear Jonathan discuss how your business can ensure continuity of operations, workforce contingency planning, and a bevy of business continuity topics. Click here to register now.