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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

Speaker's Soapbox: David Lindstedt of Readiness Analytics

December 2, 2014 10:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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. 

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Sierra Leone to Get More Ebola Treatment Beds, Still Understaffed

December 2, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Lack of Indictment in Ferguson Leads to More Protests

December 2, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Moderate Earthquake Strikes Arizona, No Injuries Reported

December 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 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,

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Internal Systems at Sony Brought Down by Hack

December 2, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Residents Concerned that Mining Operation is Causing Hazardous Coal Dust

December 2, 2014 8:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Back-to-Back Storms Help Mitigate California Drought, but Mudslides a Concern

December 2, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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'Anonymous' Hacks Florida City's Websites

December 2, 2014 8:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Oil Refinery Neighbors Say They Are 'Stuck'

December 2, 2014 7:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Department of Homeland Security Looking for Senior Advisor for FEMA

November 26, 2014 10:03 am | by DHS | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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Speaker's Soapbox: William Marotz of Schneider National, Inc.

November 25, 2014 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

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Video: The Three Basic Types of Behavioral Reactions to Disasters

November 25, 2014 10:45 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

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.

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Rioters Damage Businesses In Ferguson, St. Louis

November 25, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Officials Already Preparing for Next Outbreak

November 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Cars Could Become Targets for Hackers

November 25, 2014 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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