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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Material Being Lifted by crane in NYC Falls; 10 Injured

June 1, 2015 3:45 pm | by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A massive air-conditioning unit being lifted by a crane to the top of a Manhattan office building broke free, fell 28 stories and landed in the middle of Madison Avenue, injuring 10 people, officials said.  Two were construction workers, while the others were pedestrians and occupants of passing cars, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. All were struck by debris that caused minor injuries; they were treated at hospitals.

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Rain of Little Relief to South India; Heat Toll Nears 2,200

June 1, 2015 3:42 pm | by Omer Farooq, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite hopes that weekend thundershowers would help end a raging heat wave in southern India, the rain brought only limited relief as the death toll since mid-April approached 2,200.  Officials said the intense heat was likely to continue for another day in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.

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Despite Low Death Rate, Lassa Fever Worth Watching

May 28, 2015 11:33 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

A New Jersey man died Monday from Lassa Fever, a rare infectious disease that originates in West Africa, after returning from Liberia.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, the disease is endemic to West Africa and is named after the town in Nigeria where it was first discovered in 1969.  While the disease is uncommon in the United States, that is not the case in West Africa.

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IRS Hack Puts Renewed Focus on Cyber Security

May 28, 2015 11:28 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Authorities are still investigating a hack that led to the theft of personal information from more than 100,000 taxpayers at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  This isn’t the first time the IRS, or any government institution, has been hacked, but each time it happens it seems to renew the discussion on the importance of cyber security.

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Punishing Storms in Texas Test Government Emergency Response

May 27, 2015 4:21 pm | by Paul Weber and Juan Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews resumed searching for the 11 people who went missing in the small tourist town of Wimberley, where the usually calm Blanco River surged rapidly and crested at three times its flood stage. At least 17 people were killed in the Memorial Day weekend storms in Texas and Oklahoma.

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Congress Wants to Know how Thieves Stole Tax Info From IRS

May 27, 2015 3:46 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is demanding answers about how identity thieves were able to steal the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website.  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch has requested a confidential briefing by IRS officials by the end of next week.

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UN Agency to Hire Mountain Guides, Porters for Nepal Relief

May 27, 2015 3:30 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N. food agency is hiring thousands of mountain and trekking guides, porters and other workers to carry food, medicine, tents and supplies to Nepal's mostly inaccessible northern villages where two powerful earthquakes destroyed houses, officials said.

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About 1,100 People Dead as Summer Temperatures Soar in India

May 27, 2015 3:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 852 people have died from the stifling heat in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, a government statement said. In neighboring Telengana 266 have died from heat-related causes, Bhambal Ram Meena, a top official in the disaster management department, said.  Over the last two days temperatures in both states have reduced marginally but continue to hover near 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Japan Nuclear Plant Clears Regulator's Safety Screening

May 27, 2015 3:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nuclear plant owned by Kyushu Electric Power Co. cleared all of the regulator's safety screening, with only on-site pre-operational checks left for the utility before it is allowed to restart the Sendai complex in southwestern Japan.  

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Video: Diversity and the Evolution of Business Continuity

May 26, 2015 12:33 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Mark Armour, Global Director of Business Continuity for Brinks, Inc., discusses where he thinks the business continuity industry is headed.  He also discusses why it is important to have a wide range of opinions from people with different backgrounds when building a program.    

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Severe Storms a Reminder of the Danger of Catastrophic Weather

May 26, 2015 10:56 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Severe storms and flash flooding in Texas and Oklahoma have left eight dead and others missing.  Tornadoes that struck just across the border in Mexico have added to the chaos as the impact of record rainfall is still being felt.  These latest storms are a reminder of just how damaging weather events can be and how difficult to plan for they are.

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VOLO Thundercall Weather Warning Helps AnMed Healthcare

May 26, 2015 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

As part of their active business continuity efforts AnMed Healthcare Systems, a premier provider of healthcare services with over 60 locations on the East coast of the United States subscribes to the Volo Recovery System including Volo’s ThunderCall Weather Warning service.

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12 Missing After Flooding in Texas Sweeps Away Vacation Home

May 26, 2015 10:33 am | by Seth Robbins and Paul Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recovery teams were resuming the search  for 12 members of two families who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.  The hunt for the missing picked up after a holiday weekend of terrible storms that dumped record rainfall on the Plains and Midwest.

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Man Diagnosed with Lassa Fever Dies in US After Liberia Trip

May 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A New Jersey man died after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said.  The man recently returned from Liberia, arriving at New York City's JFK International Airport.

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Adult Dating Site Investigating Breach of User Data

May 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Brandon Bailey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of a popular adult dating website said it's investigating a data security breach following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation or habits of up to 4 million members. 

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