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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

TSA Nominee Shares Lawmakers' Concern about Airport Security

June 10, 2015 4:04 pm | by Alicia Caldwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coast Guard admiral picked by President Barack Obama to lead the Transportation Security Administration is as concerned about reports of rampant security gaps at airports as lawmakers, he said during a confirmation hearing.  Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee he will fully identify those gaps and close them if he is confirmed by the Senate.

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South Korea Says its Deadly MERS Outbreak May Have Peaked

June 10, 2015 3:55 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea believes its MERS virus outbreak may have peaked, and experts say the next several days will be critical to determining whether the government's belated efforts have successfully stymied a disease that has killed nine people and infected more than 100 in the country.

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Oil Train Disaster Settlement Fund Reaches $345 Million

June 10, 2015 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The compensation fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in a small town in Quebec has grown to $345 million with a contribution from the company that owned the shipment.  World Fuel Services Corp., which was accused in a lawsuit of downplaying the volatility of the crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region, agreed to contribute $110 million to the settlement fund.

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Sinclair Lawsuit Blames 2013 Refinery Fire on Faulty Valve

June 10, 2015 3:38 pm | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A lawsuit filed by the owner of a Wyoming refinery alleges six companies played roles in the installation of a valve that failed, causing a fire and $135 million in damage to the plant.   Salt Lake City-based Sinclair alleges the cause was a hydrogen gas control valve that failed in the refinery's hydrotreater.

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Request by Exxon to Haul Oil After Pipeline Break Denied

June 10, 2015 3:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Officials denied a request by Exxon Mobil to temporarily use tanker trucks to transport crude oil from offshore wells through Santa Barbara County after a recent pipeline break that has become the state's largest coastal oil spill in 25 years.

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Preparing for and Preventing Cyber Attacks

June 9, 2015 11:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Pete O'Dell, Founder of Swan Island Networks, discusses the potential for cyber attacks, why companies often fall victim to those attacks and what they can do to detect and prevent them.  This will be the first in a two part series of videos.

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Are Robots the Future of Emergency Response?

June 9, 2015 11:38 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

As the technology to build them continues to become more advanced, robots are quickly becoming more and more common in everyday life.  But how do these robots impact the business continuity community?  What about emergency management?  Last weekend’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge could hold some clues.

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Talking the Talk with Emergency Preparedness

June 9, 2015 11:30 am | by John Linstrom, Community Engagement Manager, AtHoc, Inc. | Articles | Comments

John Linstrom, Community Engagement Manager, AtHoc, Inc., discusses the importance of effective disaster planning and how it can prevent damage and loss of life.  He talks about some of the best practices for planning, including communication and executive support.

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After Hacking, Government Workers Warned of Potential Fraud

June 9, 2015 11:25 am | by Ted Bridis, Ken Dilanian and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

An immense hack of millions of government personnel files is being treated as the work of foreign spies who could use the information to fake their way into more-secure computers and plunder U.S. secrets.  Federal employees were told in a video to change all their passwords, put fraud alerts on their credit reports and watch for attempts by foreign intelligence services to exploit them.

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South Korean Team Wins $2M in Disaster-Response Robot Test

June 9, 2015 11:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After three years of research, development and an obstacle course of competition, a South Korean team won the three-year and $3.5-million U.S. contest to create a robot capable of responding to disaster conditions that are unsafe for humans.

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Arizona Water Outlook not as Dire as Neighboring California

June 9, 2015 11:09 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gripped by a prolonged drought, Arizona faces possible cuts to its main water supply in the next 18 months.  Residents, however, face none of the restrictions that neighboring California has imposed this year.  The desert state has been able to withstand a 15-year arid spell through long-term planning, conservation and a massive underground reserve that holds enough water to supply the state for a year.

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Death Toll Rises to 16 from Earthquake on Malaysia Mountain

June 9, 2015 11:05 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from an earthquake that trapped scores of climbers on Malaysia's highest peak rose to 16  as rescuers searched for two Singaporean climbers still missing.  A magnitude-5.9 earthquake sent rocks and boulders raining down the trekking routes on 4,095-meter (13,435-foot) Mount Kinabalu in eastern Sabah state on Borneo island.

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Pipeline Firm Told California Oil Spill 'Extremely Unlikely'

June 9, 2015 10:57 am | by Michael Blood and Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was "extremely unlikely" and state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show.

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Video: Standards and Operational Resilience

June 4, 2015 11:27 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Lynnda Nelson, President of The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (The ICOR) discusses operational resilience and how BC professionals can use ISO and other standards to achieve high levels of continuity in their organizations. 

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Staying Vigilant Critical for Infectious Disease Control

June 4, 2015 11:19 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, better known as MERS, has found itself back in the news as the first two deaths from the virus have been reported in South Korea.  These MERS cases in South Korea demonstrate why it is important to continue to stay vigilant when it comes to dangerous infectious diseases.

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