David Lindstedt of Readiness Analytics will host an interactive session called "Measuring Preparedness and Predicting Recoverability: A Hands-on Workshop." This session will introduce attendees to a proven measurement and metrics model and allow them to try it out right away. The model focuses on measuring resources, procedures and competencies to determine how prepared your organization is.
Sierra Leone will soon see a dramatic increase in desperately needed Ebola treatment beds, but it's still not clear who will staff them, according to the top United Nations official in the fight against the disease. Ebola has sickened more than 16,000 people of whom nearly 7,000 have died, according to figures released by the World Health Organization.
Protesters turned out in several U.S. cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Black Friday, in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
A moderate earthquake jostled residents of northern Arizona — a region where quakes are frequent but usually don't produce much damage or alarm. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-4.7 temblor that hit Sunday night was centered 7 miles north of Sedona and 6 miles underground. There were no immediate reports of injury or major damage. Unknown for now is whether it is a precursor to a larger one yet to come,
The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week. Sony's corporate email and other internal systems were knocked offline, according to reports.
Some residents who live near the largest surface coal mine east of the Mississippi River are concerned that dust from the operation could be hazardous and are urging state and federal officials to take action. At least a dozen people have complained to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management since 2012 that dust from Peabody Energy's Bear Run Mine has covered their property.
Storm watches were posted for a large swath of the Sierra Nevada, where a huge amount of the state's water supply is normally stored as snowpack. Any delight over the prospect of beneficial precipitation was tempered by concerns about the threat of debris flows from the many areas of California where wildfires have burned away vegetation that would keep soil stable.
At least two of Fort Lauderdale's official websites were down temporarily after threats from the hacker group Anonymous over the city's ban on feeding the homeless. The sites FortLauderdale.gov and FLPD.gov were offline for several hours Monday but back up later that evening.
Some residents of a southwest Detroit neighborhood that's near an expanded Marathon oil refinery say they're stuck after not being included in a home buyout program. Marathon Petroleum Corp. completed a $2.2 billion expansion of its facility two years ago. Marathon officials earlier created a home buyout program in Oakwood Heights that allowed some residents to sell their homes. The owners of 266 of 294 properties participated.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Loaned Executive Program announced a new position opening, Senior Advisor, Lifeline Functions Restoration, for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VIII office.
William Marotz, Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Coordinator for logistics company Schneider National, Inc., will give a presentation called "Orange Trucks and Wild Tornadoes - A Case Study." His presentation will be a case study of an April, 2012 tornado that struck Schneider's operating center in Dallas, Texas focusing on the company's actions before and after the disaster.
Steve Crimando, Principal in Behavioral Science Applications, discusses three types of basic reactions to disasters, the challenges those reactions present and why it is critical for business continuity professionals to prepare for them in the workplace.
Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster. Less than 20 percent of countries have reported meeting World Health Organization requirements showing they are adequately prepared to respond to emerging infectious threats.
Automakers are betting heavily that consumers will want not just the maps and music playlists of today but also Internet-enabled vehicles that stream movies and the turn dictation into email. The federal government wants to require cars to send each other electronic messages warning of dangers on the road. In these and other connections, hackers see opportunity.