Muslims from across the world poured Sunday into a sprawling tent city in the Saudi desert before the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage, but the number of the pilgrims this year has been reduced in part by concerns over a respiratory virus centered in the Arabian peninsula.
Her house in this seaside village was flattened by the cyclone that roared in from the Bay of Bengal with torrential rains and winds topping 200 kilometers (131 miles) per hour. But the fact that Agya Amma was still here to survey the pile of twisted wood and shredded thatch that had been her home proved this was a different kind of disaster for India.
B13: Tuesday, October 15, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Employees are an organization’s most valuable asset. When a disaster such as Superstorm Sandy strikes a business, employees may also be impacted. This session is a case study on how one mid-sized information services and analytics company, Neustar, determined the need for and developed an Employee Disaster Assistance Program as a component of its overall Business Continuity Management Program. The company’s program is designed to provide proper levels of support to employees affected by an emergency.
B19: Wednesday, October 16, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Globalization has created a vast network of dependencies. Crises that occur on the other side of the world can directly impact your organization. From the international organizational level down to the community level, building partnerships for preparedness is essential. How are practitioners around the globe addressing incremental and complex interdependencies between organizations — as well as emerging risks?
God is a mighty fortress, the old hymn goes, and the same could be said for Romar Beach Baptist Church. With concrete walls more than a foot thick and pilings driven deep into bedrock, the waterfront church just yards from the Gulf of Mexico is built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 157 mph and higher.
Food stamp recipients should be able to use their debit-style cards in grocery stores on Sunday, now that vendor Xerox Corp. has restored service after a system outage that affected people across 17 states.People from Alabama to California found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp cards on Saturday morning, after a routine test of backup systems by Xerox sparked technical problems.
Bart Sutton fought with his insurance company for a year over what it would cost to rebuild his flood-damaged home, then gave up in frustration and tore it down. A week later, the money came through. Simone and Ken Dannecker fixed their flooded home themselves, deciding they couldn't wait for insurance and government aid as green mold threatened to overrun it.
Electrical problems have stalled the planned opening this fall of the nation's new $1.7 billion epicenter for fighting global cyber threats — a Utah data center filled with super-powered computers designed to store massive amounts of classified information.
A Cambodian disaster relief official says at least 104 people have died in recent floods caused by heavy rains and the Mekong River overflowing its banks. Disaster management committee spokesman Keo Vy said Wednesday that floods in the past several weeks have affected some 1.5 million people in 17 of the country's 24 provinces.
Officials ordered tens of thousands of coastal villagers to flee their homes Friday as a massive cyclone — so large it filled nearly the entire Bay of Bengal — gathered strength and headed toward India's eastern seaboard. Officials canceled holy day celebrations and stockpiled emergency supplies in coastal Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states, with forecasters saying Cyclone Phailin will hit the region Saturday evening.
November 7, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. As use of notification systems becomes more and more common, usage trends are emerging, indicating what types of notifications are effective and which aren’t. By studying these trends we gain valuable intelligence that acts as a guide in establishing recognized best practices for using automated emergency notification. This webinar will be much more than the usual “lessons learned” presentation, but will instead focus on the analysis of over 10 years of actual usage data from an industry leader in emergency/mass notification, MIR3, Inc. REGISTER TODAY!
B2: Tuesday, October 15, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Business Continuity Management (BCM) is a management process that identifies potential hazards whose impact/likelihood threaten an enterprise and provides a framework for building resilience and the capabilities for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand, and value creating operations. BCM covers a broad range of activities including disaster recovery, business recovery, crisis and incident management (CIM), public emergency management cooperation, and other varied contingency planning activities.
B4: Tuesday, October 15, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Imagine: There's a hurricane forecasted. Or perhaps you've just seen breaking news that an F5 tornado has devastated several towns in a given state. You recognize the area as the location of a key supplier you depend on to operate. Do you already know the supplier’s readiness state, or are you now panicked because you don't know how their disaster will impact your business? Attend this session to learn how to structure your own supplier assessment process, better understand the risk/impact to your organization, and determine if mitigation strategies are necessary.
B5: Tuesday, October 15, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m Many organizations are migrating to an active-active availability approach because of the enormous benefits: improved uptime, lower costs and a simplified availability environment. This presentation will describe how organizations can leverage the latest advances in technology to enable continuous availability solutions.
B7: Tuesday, October 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Social media: Is it an asset or a liability? Like it or not, social networks are changing the way people learn and share information. With the right strategy and governance, social media can be a powerful tool for communication, collaboration and situational awareness. Even if you don’t plan to fully embrace social media, this technology cannot be ignored.