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NC, KY Receiving Grant Money For Disaster Recovery

September 12, 2013 11:34 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department says its Economic Development Administration is awarding $1.8 million in grants to support disaster recovery efforts in Kentucky and North Carolina. A $1.4 million grant to the Beaufort County city of Washington will fund replacement of a water pumping station and the installation of a new water transmission line. 

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Notification Systems Comparison Index

September 11, 2013 9:06 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Dedicated or shared? Hosted or on-premise? Is two-way communication possible? When it comes to notification systems, the array of features is staggering. To make comparing a little less difficult, Continuity Insights asked notification system vendors about their solutions and compiled their answers into an easy-to-read index. 

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2013 Mass Notification Survey

September 11, 2013 8:55 pm | Articles | Comments

Given recent advances in technology, it would be easy to assume that companies and organizations are embracing notification solutions for business continuity en masse; however, in an effort to delve a little deeper into current mass notification trends, Continuity Insights asked our readers to share how their organizations are utilizing notification systems. 

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FBI Arrests Ex-TSA Worker After Airport Threats

September 11, 2013 12:10 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A security screener at Los Angeles International Airport has been taken into custody after quitting his job and making threats that led officials to clear and search terminals at the airport, the FBI said in a statement Wednesday. The airport is the nation's third busiest airport, according to its website.

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Animals May Get A MERS Vaccine Before Humans

September 11, 2013 12:02 pm | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Scientists from Italy are reporting having engineered a MERS virus that could be used in a vaccine. The developments will likely generate hopeful headlines and may create impressions that if MERS starts to spread globally a vaccine might be quickly available to help combat the new virus. Don't bet on it.

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9/11 Anniversary Being Marked With Somber Tributes

September 11, 2013 9:39 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

At a morning ceremony on the 2-year-old memorial plaza, relatives recited the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died when hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa., as well as the 1993 trade center bombing victims' names. Beforehand, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, musician Billy Joel, firefighters and others joined in a tribute motorcycle ride from a Manhattan firehouse to ground zero.

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Keeping Long Island’s Pets Safe In Disaster

September 10, 2013 10:09 am | by Beverly M. Poppell, JD; Public Affairs Officer, Pet Safe Coalition | Articles | Comments

Formed in 1999 as a program within an established human services organization, Pet Safe has endured through political climate change as well as environmental changes. Pet Safe is now the only not-for-profit organization on Long Island dedicated solely to keeping household pets safe in disasters.

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Continuity Q&A: Barry Weber On Resilience Through Cloud & Automation

September 10, 2013 9:34 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

SMBs are increasingly being forced to do everything that the enterprise organization has to deal with: security, business continuity, compliance, etc. They don’t get any free passes. Yet, they don’t always have the resources to solve the problem. 

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SDMI Welcomes Continuity Dynamics As First Partner For CBP

September 9, 2013 4:18 pm | News | Comments

The Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI), located at Louisiana State University, is proud to announce Continuity Dynamics, Inc., an international risk mitigation firm based in Basking Ridge, NJ + Wilmington, DE, as the first partner for its Center for Business Preparedness (CBP).

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Superdome Officials Confident Lights Will Stay On

September 9, 2013 2:25 pm | by BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Saints right tackle Zach Strief recalls sadness consuming him when he saw the Superdome go dark during the Super Bowl. Strief had settled permanently in New Orleans since being drafted by the Saints in 2006 — less than a year after Hurricane Katrina — and he understood the central role the rebuilt stadium had played in the city's regrowth.

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New Grassroots Campaign To Increase Community Preparedness

September 6, 2013 12:23 pm | by FEMA | News | Comments

The growing impact of disasters underscores the need for a new approach to preparing our communities. On Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) unveiled America’s PrepareAthon! SM, a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.

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Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

September 6, 2013 12:20 pm | by FEMA | News | Comments

You can get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery, as part of National Preparedness Month. The first in the NPM series this year will be on the critical topic of "Protecting Your Organization by Preparing Your Employees."

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Rentsys Recovery Services Completes Service Organization Controls 2 Report

September 5, 2013 3:02 pm | by Rentsys Recovery Services | News | Comments

Rentsys Recovery Services, a provider of comprehensive disaster recovery solutions for businesses ranging from community banks and credit unions to enterprise organizations, has completed its Service Organization Controls 2 (SOC 2) audit, which examines and identifies potential risks associated with Rentsys’ information systems.

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State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks: We Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

September 5, 2013 2:45 pm | by Lieberman Software | News | Comments

We're losing the battle against state-sponsored cyber attacks and things are not going to improve any time soon, according to a new survey from Lieberman Software Corporation. As state-sponsored cyber attacks increasingly become a serious problem, many nations are building defensive, as well as offensive, techniques to deter attackers. 

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Venezuelans: Blackouts Caused By Incompetence, Not Sabotage

September 5, 2013 10:09 am | by CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER & FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuelans expressed skepticism Wednesday on President Nicolas Maduro's claims that saboteurs caused a blackout that knocked out electricity in about 70 percent of the country, creating chaos in Caracas by interrupting subway service and snarling traffic. For many, no explanation was necessary: Government neglect and incompetence are to blame for blackouts that have plagued Venezuela for years while rarely affecting the capital.

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