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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Disaster Aid & The Politics Of Spending

September 4, 2012 9:28 am | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

At their convention, Republican leaders are taking the stage to push for less government and accuse President Barack Obama of profligate spending. About 500 miles away, under threat from a hurricane, Republicans welcomed federal government aid and at least one GOP governor accused Obama of being miserly with the help.

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Days After Isaac, Thousands Still In The Dark

September 4, 2012 9:21 am | by CAIN BURDEAU & KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Much of Plaquemines Parish, a vulnerable finger of land that juts into the Gulf of Mexico, remained under as much as 5 feet of water, Parish President Billy Nungesser said. The Category 1 hurricane walloped the parish, and for many, the damage was worse than that from Katrina in 2005.

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ExaGrid Publishes 300th Disk Backup Customer Success Story

August 31, 2012 1:26 am | News | Comments

The University of Northern Iowa's IT department chose ExaGrid’s disk backup solution with deduplication because of the scalability of its GRID-based architecture, fast restores and price. Prior to switching to ExaGrid, UNI had been backing up its data to a large, onsite magnetic tape library using a chargeback service model to the university system.

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Weakening Isaac Hovers Over Water-Logged Louisiana, Leaves Highway Underwater

August 31, 2012 1:14 am | by CAIN BURDEAU & MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Isaac dumped as much as 16 inches in some areas, and about 500 people had to be rescued by boat or high-water vehicles. At least two deaths were reported. Five feet of water poured into Musatchia's home before a neighbor passed by with a boat and evacuated him and his 6-year-old boxer, Renny.

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Empire State Shooter Laid Off Over A Year Ago

August 31, 2012 1:02 am | by COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The laid off clothing designer who shot his former colleague to death outside the Empire State Building last week told his landlord he was leaving — and not returning, police said Thursday. Jeffrey Johnson left his keys and said he wouldn't be back after Friday, the day his former co-worker Steven Ercolino was fatally shot.

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Mutare Announces Vital Link For Secure Messaging

August 31, 2012 12:48 am | News | Comments

Mutare, Inc. announced the availability of Vital Link, a secure HIPAA-compliant message solution that provides workflow and productivity enhancements. This secure two-way hosted communication mobile platform replaces pagers for critical healthcare, government and business communication applications.

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New Law Lets Reservists Respond To Disasters

August 31, 2012 12:03 am | by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act gives governors, who already can mobilize National Guard troops, the ability to request the help of the nation's 380,000 reservists in the event of a hurricane, earthquake, flood, terrorist attack or other disaster.

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Hacker Accesses High Profile Twitter Accounts

August 30, 2012 11:35 pm | News | Comments

A hacker breached the Twitter accounts of several soccer players, including Barcelona's Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano, during the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday night. The hacker, who calls himself Padorowsky, said before the start of the match at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium he would access Alves' account.

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How Organizations Are Effectively Leveraging BCM Benchmarking Data

August 29, 2012 11:32 am | by KPMG LLC & Continuity Insights | Webinars

September 27 at 2:00 p.m. EDT-- In this webinar, a panel of leading practitioners will discuss how the 2011-2012 Continuity Insights & KPMG LLP Global Business Continuity Management Program Benchmarking Study can be used to improve BCM programs, the steps required to implement these improvements, the most compelling data points, and any lessons learned during the benchmarking process.

The Effects Of 9/11 & Katrina On Hospital Preparedness

August 28, 2012 5:29 pm | by Catherine Hartwell, Disaster Responder, American Red Cross | Articles | Comments

Before 9/11 hospitals lacked structured disaster plans and were inadequately prepared to properly respond to large-scale events. They were unable to both handle the surge of patients after a mass casualty event and continue operations after losing powe. In 2005, the catastrophic events of Hurricane Katrina exposed hospital’s insufficient preparations for coordinating with outside agencies.

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Tracking Isaac: The Latest On The Storm's Path

August 28, 2012 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Isaac is expected to hit over southeastern Louisiana, possibly the New Orleans area, sometime Tuesday night or early Wednesday and is gaining steam with sustained winds swirling at 75 mph. The center of the storm that was about 75 miles from the mouth of Mississippi River at midday.

Obama To Address Storm Before Starting Campaign Trip

August 28, 2012 10:00 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will deliver an update on Tropical Storm Isaac from the White House before departing on a three-state campaign trip. The White House is aiming to balance leadership on the storm with the president's campaign plans.

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Isaac Nearly A Hurricane, Flood Threat In Four States

August 28, 2012 9:55 am | by CAIN BURDEAU & KEVIN McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Isaac was on the verge of ballooning into a hurricane Tuesday that could flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents hunkered down behind levies fortified after Katrina struck seven years ago this week.

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Earthquakes Put California Areas On Edge

August 28, 2012 9:52 am | News | Comments

A swarm of earthquakes shook Imperial County on Sunday and were felt in surrounding counties. Most were minor, but two registered at magnitude-5.5 and magnitude-5.3. Scientists say the aftershocks and jolts could last for days.

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Police Commissioner Defends Force In NYC Showdown

August 28, 2012 9:44 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ & TOM HAYS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dramatic security video of the Friday morning confrontation shows Johnson pointing the weapon at the officers, other pedestrians scattering and the two officers firing — one from very close range, the other while retreating. The police volley instantly killed Johnson, who never returned fire. Stray bullets, ricochets and fragments caused nonlife-threatening gunshot and graze wounds to nine civilians.

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