The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference featured sessions by business continuity professionals from every area of the industry, from emergency management to IT/disaster recovery. Here are the top five quotes from our three plenary speakers.
The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference took place April 20-22 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The program included 70 speakers with expertise in a wide range of business continuity topics. Here are some photos from the event.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Nepal on Saturday, April 25, leveling buildings and killing more than 4,400 people in the small, impoverished Asian nation. Such a tragic disaster reaffirms the need for emergency management professionals and reinforces the importance of being prepared for a disaster of any scale.
Power outages and communications problems have made life agonizing for the nearly 6 million Nepalese who live abroad — or about 22 percent of the population. The earthquake Saturday hit the capital, Kathmandu, but also small villages and the slopes of Mount Everest, where an avalanche buried part of a base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to try for the summit.
The death toll climbed above 3,700 on Monday, two days after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal and surrounding regions. How much higher the death toll would rise depends on the state of remote Himalayan villages that rescue workers were still trying to reach. Many of the roads are believed to be cut off by landslides, making it likely that some of these communities can only be reached by helicopter.
A reactor at a nuclear power plant in southern Taiwan was shut down following a fire that broke out this weekend, its operator said.Taiwan Power Co. spokesman Lin Te-fu told Kyodo News the fire occurred at the Maanshan Nuclear Power Plant at Hengchun, apparently caused by a short-circuited supplementary transformer.
Starbucks was back in business after a computer outage forced thousands of its stores to close early last week. The glitch affected registers at 7,400 company-operated stores in the U.S. and 1,000 in Canada, and prompted some stores to give away drinks.
Heavy rains and strong winds tore through northwest Pakistan on Sunday, uprooting trees, collapsing buildings and killing at least 37 people, officials said. Rescuers rushed victims to hospitals as roads submerged in water hindered their operations. Ambulances and rescue vehicles found difficult to enter into some areas due to fallen trees and electric poles.
A man arrested for flying a drone onto the prime minister's office with traces of radioactive material may have targeted a U.S. facility in Tokyo and a nuclear power plant in Kagoshima as well, sources close to the matter said. A small four-propeller drone bearing a container holding sand with trace amounts of radioactive cesium was found on the roof of the prime minister's office.
The U.N. chief appointed a new head of the emergency mission responding to West Africa's Ebola crisis amid hopes that the world's deadliest outbreak of the virus will soon come to an end. Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands will work closely with David Nabarro, the U.N.'s special Ebola envoy, in addressing an epidemic that has claimed more than 10,000 lives in the three hardest-hit countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The 2015 Continuity Insights closed on Wednesday, April 22 with Nathaniel Forbes of Forbes Calamity Prevention discussing the impact of water scarcity and thirst. Forbes discussed potential consequences of water scarcity, including terrorism, supply chain disruption and competitive advantage
Dr. Robert Chandler, Director of the Nicholson School of Communications at the University of Central Florida, discussed the impact of ethical disasters and the role of upper management in preventing them at the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference on Tuesday, April 21.
With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection. In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists monitored the shaking. It's an area that had no recorded quakes for 150 years.
Hong Kong's government unveiled election reform proposals, setting the stage for another round of confrontation with pro-democracy activists and lawmakers opposed to Beijing-mandated restrictions on candidates for the city's top job. The long-expected reform package made some tweaks but gave little ground to pro-democracy leaders.
An unseasonable storm with heavy rain and hail killed at least 32 people, injured more than a hundred and caused heavy damage to the winter wheat crop in eastern India, officials said. State administrator Vyasji said 25 deaths were reported in Purnea, six in Madhepura and one Madhubani districts.