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Disaster Planning: What You Need to Protect Your Tech 

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Webinar Description 

Does your organization have a plan to keep your technology, data, and assets protected in the event of an emergency or disaster? What if it's not an actual disaster like a hurricane or flood, but a staff member simply loses or breaks a laptop carrying essential supporter data? How much time or money might your organization spend trying to recover even a fraction of what's been lost? If these questions have crossed your mind and your answers are less than ideal, you should join us for our two-part webinar series on disaster planning to protect your technology.

TechSoup's Becky Wiegand interviews nonprofit tech expert Chris Shipley from Nutmeg Consulting and Elliot Harmon, TechSoup staff writer and editor of our newly released The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery. We also speak with Michelle Baldwin, Executive Director of Volunteers in Service to Others, which runs the Cooke County emergency food bank. They experienced a flood two years ago and she'll be offering advice for other nonprofits trying to plan ahead.

We discuss the ins and outs of getting your organization in tip-top shape before a disaster or crisis happens. We review best practices, tips, and resources for developing and implementing a disaster preparedness plan for technology at your organization that will help you not only when a crisis hits — but everyday with a more streamlined, efficient workplace.

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Speaker Information 

Chris Shipley is a principal in a small consulting company (Nutmeg Consulting) and have many NPO clients that I assist with technology assessment, planning, and implementation. We concentrate on data systems, technology planning, implementation, and hardware support. He is also a TechSoup forum host, regularly answering questions from nonprofits around the world on various technology topics.

Michelle Baldwin is the Executive Director of Volunteers in Service to Others, which operates the Cooke County food bank in Texas. After their office flooded and they lost computers with important data two years ago, Michelle set about establishing new disaster planning standards for her office — so that they could keep their systems working and continue providing crisis and disaster relief to their community if they ever face an emergency again.

Elliot Harmon: As a staff writer at TechSoup Global, Elliot Harmon writes content to educate nonprofits and public libraries on effective use of technology. He has degrees from the University of South Dakota and the California College of the Arts.