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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Thousands of Indonesians Refuse to Leave Volcano Danger Zone

June 17, 2015 3:37 pm | by Binsar Bakkara and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Thousands of villagers are refusing to leave their homes on the slopes of one of Indonesia's most volatile volcanoes despite warnings that it is poised for a powerful eruption.  Mount Sinabung, one of about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, has been at the highest alert level for nearly two weeks.

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Cardinals Stand Accused of Hacking Astros Player Database

June 17, 2015 3:25 pm | by R.B. Fallstrom and Kristie Rieken, AP Sports Writers | News | Comments

Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the Cardinals illegally accessed a computer database of the Houston Astros. The aim was obtaining information from a front office headed by a former top aide who helped transform St. Louis' scouting operation to a sabermetrics-based system, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

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N. Korea Says it has Been Hit by Worst Drought in 100 years

June 17, 2015 3:16 pm | by Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea says it has been hit by its worst drought in a century, resulting in extensive damage to agriculture during its main planting season.  The official Korean Central News Agency said the drought has caused about 30 percent of its rice paddies to dry up. Young rice plants normally need to be partially submerged in water during the early summer.

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Texas Communities Brace for Another Round of Heavy Rainfall

June 17, 2015 3:13 pm | by David Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

The eastern half of Texas prepared for renewed flooding as Tropical Storm Bill made landfall along the state's Gulf Coast.  According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the storm came ashore with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. 

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Internal Benchmarking and Best Practices

June 16, 2015 11:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Mike Janko, Director of Global Business Continuity for Goodyear, discusses internal benchmarking and best practices, including relevant metrics and strategies for gaining support and building a stronger business continuity program at your organization.  

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Disaster Planning a Continuing Focus for BC Pros

June 16, 2015 11:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Recent disasters, like the earthquakes in Nepal and floods in Texas and Oklahoma, have once again put the focus on businesses staying operational during and recovering from drastic events.  Preparing for these events can be crucial, as disasters can cost businesses financially as well as other ways.  Some businesses never recover from large storms or natural disasters.

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Vast Data Warehouse Raises HealthCare.gov Privacy Concerns

June 15, 2015 4:05 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | News | Comments

A government data warehouse that stores information indefinitely on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.  Known as MIDAS, the system is described on a federal website as the "perpetual central repository" for information collected under President Barack Obama's health care law.

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Texas Planners Look to Aquifers to Prepare for Next Drought

June 15, 2015 3:56 pm | by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press | News | Comments

The torrential storms of last month essentially ended one of Texas' worst-ever droughts, but much of the excess water has already flowed into the Gulf of Mexico or will evaporate by year's end.  With a wary eye toward the next prolonged dry-streak that inevitably will come, some think expanding the use of underground aquifers may help slake the thirst of Texas' rapidly growing population.

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Quake-Hit Nepal Reopens Damaged Heritage Sites for Tourists

June 15, 2015 3:51 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nepal on reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of devastating earthquakes, hoping to lure back foreign tourists.  The April 25 and May 12 quakes killed more than 8,700 people and damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings in Nepal, including old temples, palaces and other historical structures that are popular with tourists.

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California Orders Large Water Cuts for Farmers

June 15, 2015 3:41 pm | by Fenit Nirappil and Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions.

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WHO: MERS not Spreading Outside South Korea Hospitals

June 15, 2015 3:36 pm | by Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

The MERS virus in South Korea, which has killed 14 people and infected nearly 140 in the largest outbreak outside the Middle East, hasn't spread outside hospitals among the wider community or become easier to transmit between humans, the World Health Organization said.

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Search on for People, Zoo Animals Missing in Georgia Flood

June 15, 2015 3:32 pm | by Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili | News | Comments

Rescue workers in the Georgian capital are still searching for more than 20 people and an undetermined number of potentially dangerous animals missing after severe flooding ravaged the area around the zoo and left at least 12 people dead.

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Continuing to Operate After a Breach

June 11, 2015 10:45 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Pete O'Dell, Founder of Swan Island Networks, discusses how companies can continue to operate after a data breach and why it is critical for continuity and eventual recovery from cyber attacks.  This is the second in a two part series of videos.

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Oil Spill Shows Value of Continuity Planning

June 11, 2015 10:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to about 1,200 pages of records, provided by Texas-Based Plains All-American Pipeline, the recent pipeline breach in California was unlikely to happen and any issues could be detected by its systems, which may not have worked properly in the hours leading to the spill.  All of this shows how important business continuity, resilience and effective planning are.

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NTSB Says Amtrak Engineer Didn't Use Cellphone Before Crash

June 10, 2015 4:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The engineer driving an Amtrak train wasn't using his cellphone just before the train derailed in Philadelphia last month, safety investigators said, deepening the mystery of what caused the accident that killed eight and injured about 200.

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