Posted December 22, 2016
Georgia State University Students Provide Valuable
Business Continuity Planning
Five students from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business recently completed a very valuable Capstone Project on Business Continuity Planning (BCP) for both DNR’s Office of Human Resources and also the Engineering & Construction Division.
DNR’s association with GSU is a result of John Martin, DNR’s Chief Information Officer, collaborating with Dr. Shuguang Hong, Associate Chair of the Computer Information Systems Department at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. This effort, DNR’s fourth partnership with GSU, resulted in GSU students Krisna Patel, Nicole Pierre, Lawrence Jackson, Yang Du, and Gavin Strickland spending the fall 2016 semester analyzing DNR’s critical business needs and formulating a plan for OHR and E&C to recover quickly from potential business interruptions, minor or catastrophic.
Left to right: Dr. Shuguang Hong, Bola Akande, Nicole Pierre, Gavin Strickland, Krisna Patel, Yang Du, Lawrence Jackson, Mike Long, Vicki Robinson, Brian Nabors, and John Martin.
Managed by Bola Akande, DNR’s Information Security Officer, the students first performed a Business Impact Assessment (BIA), gathering information. They worked with OHR’s Mike Long, Brian Nabors, and Vicki Robinson, and also Celisha Rosser and others from E&C, to identify business functions and services and the criticality of each.
The students then analyzed the business functions with a critical factor of 4 (Major) and 5 (Catastrophe). Their subsequent Risk Assessment rated the severity of the risk and assigned one of four actions that will be used for each event (Treat, Tolerate, Transfer, or Terminate).
With their Business Impact Analysis and Risk Assessment in place, the students determined a Business Continuity Management strategy for restoring business function during and after an outage within the allowed time using resources such as: People (inventory of staff skills); Premises (current and alternative locations of staff for remote working); Technology (maintaining same technology from different locations); Information (data backup and storage offsite); Supplies and Partners (storage of additional supplies); and Stakeholders (mechanism in place to provide information to stakeholders).
The students formulated a plan of action, including invoking local emergency plans using DNR’s Emergency Notification Systems (IRIS) and delineating the actions to be taken during a disruption and the roles and responsibility of each person or team.
Every business experiences an unanticipated occurrence resulting in some sort of business interruption, from minor disruption (like accidental file deletion) to a catastrophic event (like a hurricane).
A well-documented Business Continuity Plan is essential during and after such an event to resolve the crisis, minimize losses, and protect the organization. Thanks to the excellent work of these five GSU students, OHR and E&C now have a documented Business Continuity Plan.
BCP is a business function, not just an IT function. IT is only an enabler to restoring business functions and services, which includes all components of the business service, primarily processes, procedures and documents, and not just hardware and software.
The Department of Natural Resources is most pleased with this association with Georgia State University, and looks forward to providing future students with valuable and practical experiences that will benefit both them and the Agency considerably.
THE NEXT DNR BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, AT 9:00 A.M, IN THE DNR BOARDROOM:
COMMITTEE MEETINGS BE HELD AT 9:00 A.M.
BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
EXECUTIVE SESSION OF THE LAND COMMITTEE HELD UPON ADJOURNMENT OF THE BOARD MEETING
UPDATE: THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS AUTHORITY WILL NOT MEET IN MARCH!
A Wayne County Superior Court Judge has ruled in support of an EPD-issued NPDES permit for the Rayonier Advanced Materials facility in Jesup. The decision by Judge Stephen Kelley reversed an earlier ruling by an Administrative Law Court that required EPD to revise the permit and issue another more stringent permit. Judge Kelley ruled that the EPD permit as issued is in compliance with the law. The facility employs about 750 people.
EPD will hold a public hearing at 2:00 p.m. on April 12, 2017, in the EPD Training Center located at 4244 International Parkway, Suite 116, Atlanta, Georgia 30354 to give the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed Radioactive Materials Rule Amendments. The Board of Natural Resources is scheduled to consider the amendments for adoption at its May 24, 2017 meeting.
EPD will hold a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on April 12, 2017, in the EPD Training Center located at 4244 International Parkway, Suite 116, Atlanta, Georgia 30354 to give the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments to the Rules for Air Quality Control pertaining to permit fees. The Board of Natural Resources is scheduled to consider the amendments for adoption at its May 24, 2017 meeting.
Parks Recreation & Historic Sites
March 7 – Skidaway Island Park Manager Holly Holdsworth was featured and interviewed by The Skidaway Scene for a The People of Skidaway online article. https://skidawayscene.com/people-skidaway-holly-holdsworth/
March 21 – PPRHSD will participate in the SPLASH, anti-drowning awareness campaign with communication and programming to advance efforts to protect children and adults from drowning and promoting water safety. This statewide effort ties-in well with themed annual programming centered around water-related events. There are already 360 such events on the calendar for this summer.
27 Spring events at 15 locations are coming up from March through May including wildflower hikes, programs on birds, butterflies and bees, Easter Egg Hunts, and Junior Ranger and Spring break programs and camps.
Southern Crescent Broadcasting (SCBTV) covers 7 south Atlanta counties. PRHSD will be filming 6, 30-minute shows at 6 different parks and historic sites to air on their Charter Channel 182 cable station. The shows will feature the unique characteristics of the locations and include interviews with Park Managers, Interpretive Rangers, and potentially other staff members or visitors. Shows will air in April, May and June with a :30 promotional spot to be shot next week that will announce the shows and build awareness.
Law Enforcement Division
On March 14th, Colonel Henderson gave a presentation before the House Game & Fish Committee. He provided the committee with statistics on the Game Wardens’ activities, the new LED K-9s, video camera enforcement, and search and rescue capabilities. He also briefed the committee on the training that the newly-hired Game Wardens are completing this spring and summer.
On March 14th, Game Wardens from Region II-Gainesville responded to a lost 60-year-old female hiker off Richard B. Russell Scenic Hwy. She became lost after snowfall on the summit west of Tesnatee Gap and was not prepared for the weather. She activated her satellite GPS tracking device and notified White County dispatch of her situation. She was quickly found and was able to walk out on her own with assistance from the Game Wardens and the ground rescue team.
On March 17th, Region II-Gainesville Game Wardens responded to a lost person call on Lake Russell WMA. She had called the Game Management Office and said that she had twisted her ankle. Game Wardens contacted her and she indicated that she wasn’t sure if she could make it back to her car. A short time later, the officers located her and gave her a ride back to her vehicle. Her injury was minor and did not require any further medical attention.
Coastal Resources Division
Staff hosted a training session on the results of CRD’s project “A Regional Approach to Coast-wide Resiliency Planning”. This first of its kind project ran scenarios of Categories 2, 4 and 5 hurricanes, with and without sea-level rise for the entire coastal region and also provided estimated damage costs from local tax assessor’s data. Participating in the workshop were Hazus and GIS users, planners, engineers, emergency managers, federal, state and local governments.
Staff met with Ben Hughes, the new NOAA Office of Law Enforcement assigned to the Georgia coast. Officer Hughes is a Georgia native and worked for several other federal agencies before joining NOAA OLE. He will be based in Richmond Hill and will routinely interact with DNR staff as he enforces federal environmental laws.
Historic Preservation Division
No update this week.
Wildlife Resources Division
Last week Project WILD hosted a triple facilitator workshop with Georgia’s Project Learning Tree and Project WET Programs for 31 participants at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Participants came from across Georgia and three states. The goal of the workshop was to train the participants in all three programs so they may lead future workshops for other educators in Project WILD, WET, and Learning Tree.
Outdoors GA app has been updated. You can now check game without cell service! Just in time for turkey season that opens this Saturday! Update your app and check it out.