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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Dr. Tomas Aragon Discusses Outbreaks, Infectious Diseases in a Business Setting

June 10, 2014 10:42 am | by Joe Shust | Articles | Comments

Dr. Tomas Aragon, Health Officer for the city of San Francisco and San Francisco County, gives a presentation, “Preparing for Public Health Disasters: What Every Business Should Know,” at CI West conference at South San Francisco Convention Center.

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Severe Wind, Flood Leaves Three Dead

June 6, 2014 4:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Strong winds and flooding led to the deaths of at least three people in the South on Thursday as powerful thunderstorms moved through several states.In Arkansas, two people were killed as strong winds toppled trees.  In southern Tennessee, a 72-year-old man died when his vehicle was swept downstream.

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Oil Spill Safeguard Still an Issue

June 6, 2014 4:14 pm | by Seth Borenstein | News | Comments

The key last-ditch safety device that failed to prevent the 2010 BP oil spill remains a potentially catastrophic problem today for some offshore drilling, according to a U.S. U.S. safety board investigation.  The U.S. Chemical Safety Board details the multiple failures and improper testing of the blowout preventer and blames bad management and operations for the breakdown.

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Video:Joe Shust, New Continuity Insights Editor

June 6, 2014 4:01 pm | by Joe Shust | Videos | Comments

Joe Shust has officially taken over as editor of Continuity Insights.  He is looking forward to bringing his vast editorial experience to the business continuity community and producing engaging original content for high level continuity professionals.

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Video: Core Assets, Impacted Shareholders, and Anticipation

June 6, 2014 3:38 pm | Videos | Comments

In this video, Bruce Blythe, Chairman of Crisis Management International, shares his personal acronym "CIA" as a tool for responding to critical incidents: Core Assets, Impacted Shareholders, and Anticipation.   The available remote workplace technologies are certainly worthy of consideration for potential facility outages, notes Kimberly Hirsch with Target Corporation.  Be sure to hear her thoughts on next week's video.

Continuity Insights is Looking for Bloggers

June 6, 2014 2:14 pm | by Joe Shust | Blogs | Comments

Continuity Insights is going to undergo an overhaul in the coming weeks and months.  As new editor, I want to reach out to members of the business continuity community to provide more original content on the website.  One aspect of the site I would like to focus on is the blogs section.  

Avalution Releases New Educational Video Series: Business Continuity Management 101

June 6, 2014 1:53 pm | by Avalution Avalution Consulting News | Comments

Avalution Consulting – a leading provider of business continuity consulting and software solutions – announced today the release of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) 101 educational video series. The six videos in BCM 101 provide straightforward answers to the most common business continuity-related questions

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The ABC's of BCM

June 6, 2014 10:27 am | by Richard Coglianese | Articles | Comments

As more organizations face the need to provide their services regardless of operating conditions there is the realization that the related discipline of business continuity has it’s own lexicon: BCM, BCP, DR, BIA, RTO, RPO. Just what we all need, more acronyms.

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US Disrupts Hacking Schemes That Stole Millions

June 3, 2014 1:56 pm | by Joe Mandak, Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

A band of hackers implanted viruses on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, secretly seized customer bank information and stole more than $100 million from businesses and consumers, the Justice Department said Monday in announcing charges against the Russian man accused of masterminding the effort.

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HUD OK's NJ Plan To Spend 2nd Round of Sandy Aid

June 3, 2014 1:35 pm | by Wayne Parry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was reached Friday and announced Monday by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The plan includes slightly more housing assistance, including more aid to low- and moderate-income storm victims.

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Saudi Review Finds Over 100 More MERS Infections

June 3, 2014 1:27 pm | by Adam Schreck, Associated Press | News | Comments

The surprise disclosure followed the unexpected firing of the kingdom's deputy health minister, heightening concerns about the country's ability to halt the spread of the Middle Eastern respiratory virus. He was the second senior Saudi health official to lose his job in less than two months.

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Video: Successful Engagement with Senior Leaders

June 3, 2014 1:22 pm | Videos | Comments

Successful engagement with senior leaders is a three-step approach, according to Judy Analco with ERM.  Judy shares her thoughts in this week’s video installment, recorded at this year’s Continuity Insights Management Conference.  Next week Bruce Blythe will review his “mental algorithm” for assessing and responding to critical events.

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Damage to SD Facility Caused by Straight-Line Wind

June 3, 2014 1:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan reports that the facility west of Irene was damaged just after 2 p.m. Sunday as a storm rolled through the region. A section of the steel metal facility was torn away and pushed onto Highway 46, blocking traffic for more than an hour.

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Integrating Simulation Cells into Your Drills and Exercises

May 27, 2014 2:58 pm | Videos | Comments

“Integrating Simulation Cells into Your Drills and Exercises,” is the message shared in this week’s video by John Jackson, Executive Vice President, Fusion Risk Management.  Be sure to watch next week’s episode where Judy Analco with ERM, discusses her passion for, “How to Communicate Complex, Technical, and Abstract Information to Your Target Audience.”

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Hurricane Season: 5 Things You Should Know

May 27, 2014 2:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting this hurricane season, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami will begin dropping small drones into storms in the hope they can learn more about how storms strengthen and better predict a storm's intensity. With the season's official start just days away, here are five other things to know about hurricanes...

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