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Heavy Rains Bring Hail and Flooding to Arizona, Nevada

September 30, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Intense storms swept through the Southwest on Saturday, snapping trees and shrouding metropolitan Phoenix in cascading showers while also bringing flooding to parts of Nevada.  The Salt River Project utility said that about 31,000 customers were without power.

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Muscle Weakness and Paralysis May be Caused by Enterovirus 68

September 29, 2014 2:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the germ — enterovirus 68 — was detected in four out of eight of the sick children who had a certain medical test. 

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Eight Killed, Homes Destroyed after Peru Earthquake

September 29, 2014 2:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A shallow, 4.9-magnitude earthquake killed at least eight people whose crudely constructed homes collapsed in a remote Andean village near Cuzco, a Peruvian civil defense official said.  Peru's government declared a 90-day state of emergency in the area.

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Drought Could Have Serious Financial Impact on California Farmers

September 29, 2014 2:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.  Economists at the University of California, Davis said that agriculture, once a $44 billion annual business in California, will suffer a financial hit of $2.2 billion due to revenue losses and higher water costs.

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Business Continuity Professionals Faced with Increasing Technology Challenges

September 26, 2014 11:37 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Technology is a critical part of business continuity planning and many of the challenges the BC community faces when it comes to that technology are very similar.  In such a connected world, business continuity professionals need to be aware of any number of technology disruptions, as well as new products to help in planning.

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Banks Preparing to Re-Issue Debit, Credit Cards to Home Depot Breach Victims

September 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some lenders are preparing to reissue credit or debit cards to customers to head off possible losses following the breach of customer data at Home Depot.  Capital One Financial and JPMorgan Chase & Co. said they are preparing to assign new cards to accountholders due to the data theft at the home-improvement retailer.

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Red Cross, Italian Military Participate in Ebola Evacuation Drills

September 26, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian authorities and medical experts insist that the risk of Ebola spreading from Africa to Europe is small, given that the virus only spreads by direct contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids. While the risk of the disease coming to Europe is low, the EU must improve coordination and prevention measures to better diagnose, transport and treat suspected cases.

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Active Shooter Incidents Have Spiked in Recent Years

September 26, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically in recent years, with the majority of attacks in the last decade occurring at a business or a school, according to an FBI report released. 

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Electricity Meters Could Be Fire Hazards

September 26, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada utility officials said they will turn over all data demanded by state regulators investigating whether smart electricity meters pose a fire danger.  The state fire marshal and local fire chiefs sought the preliminary inquiry after investigators linked the meters to at least nine fires.

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Sandwich Chain Believes Customer Data was Stolen from 216 Stores

September 26, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Jimmy John's sandwich chain said that it believes customers' credit card data was stolen from 216 of its shops between June and September.  The Champaign, Illinois-based chain said in a news release that stores in 37 states across the United States were affected. It did not say how many customers are affected.

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Oil Producers, North Dakota Government at Odds Over Potential Regulations

September 26, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil producers in North Dakota are objecting to any new state regulations that would require them to reduce the volatility of crude before it's loaded onto rail cars.  North Dakota's Industrial Commission is considering new rules that would require companies to remove certain liquids and gasses from crude oil train shipments, a process some say would make such transport safer.

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One Hurt After Plastics Plant Explosion

September 26, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the "flash explosion" apparently stemmed from an electrical breaker failure, but it did not cause a full-fledged fire. The victim was burned and was being airlifted to Las Vegas after the blast Wednesday at Primex Plastics Corp.

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Classes in Plane Crash Survival Becoming More Popular

September 26, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

Half-day safety course encourages airplane passengers to be aware of their surroundings and familiarize themselves with what happens in an emergency. Participants learn the best way to brace for a crash, how to open aircraft doors and why to wait until exiting a plane to inflate life vests.

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Social Media Can Be An Effective Business Continuity Tool

September 23, 2014 11:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Social media has taken the world by storm, allowing mass communication over large distances in ways that just a few years ago would have been impossible.  While outlets like Facebook and Twitter are commonly used for personal communication, they can be valuable tools for business continuity professionals.

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Selling Business Continuity Planning to the Modern C-Suite

September 22, 2014 2:49 pm | by Rentsys Recovery Services Rentsys Recovery Services Blogs | Comments

When talking about the benefits of business continuity planning (BCP), industry vendors and planners typically tout one overarching benefit: When affected by a business interruption, having a plan drastically increases your odds of preserving revenue and keeping your doors open. 

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