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Weekly news and features for business continuity professionals

New Flood Insurance Rates Spark Anxiety In Gulf

September 26, 2013 12:01 pm | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The rate hikes, which go into effect on Oct. 1, are due to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. The measure was passed to keep the National Flood Insurance Program solvent after an onslaught of claims from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Essentially, what it does is remove federal subsidies from properties in flood zones.

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NYC Fights To End Hotel Program For Sandy Evacuees

September 26, 2013 11:42 am | by MEGHAN BARR, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 350 homeless Superstorm Sandy evacuees who have been sleeping in New York City-funded hotel rooms for nearly a year may be forced to check out for good. Lawyers for the city argued in Manhattan's state Supreme Court on Tuesday that the program must end after Monday, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will stop reimbursing the city for the program.

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Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts For Phones

September 26, 2013 11:05 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter is launching an alerts feature that lets U.S. users receive emergency notices as text messages. Alerts are available from the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal and local groups. If users sign up to receive Twitter alerts from one of these groups, they will get a text message notification whenever the group sends a tweet marked as an alert.

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Students Breach School iPads' Security

September 26, 2013 11:03 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

It took just a week for nearly 300 students who got iPads from their Los Angeles high school to figure out how to alter the security settings so they could surf the Web and access social media sites. The actions come as school officials nationwide grapple with security measures for iPads and other devices as they introduce them to tech-savvy students.

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LexisNexis: FBI Probing 'Intrusion' Targeting Data

September 26, 2013 10:49 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing an "intrusion" targeting data at LexisNexis, one of the nation's largest collectors of information about people and businesses, a company spokesman said. Along with the FBI, outside forensic investors are also working with the company to investigate the matter, LexisNexis spokesman Stephen Brown said.

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NY Police: Businessman Fires In Office, Flees

September 25, 2013 5:59 pm | by FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say a man walked into a New York light fixture company where he had done business and opened fire, killing an employee, wounding another person and leading to the lockdown of a nearby mall. The shooting occurred near the Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, about 30 miles east of New York City. 

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Text Messaging: When to Use SMS, Email To Text, & Secure Mobile Messaging For Mass Notification

September 25, 2013 5:52 pm | by Richard Quattrocchi | Articles | Comments

Incorporating text messaging into an overall emergency notification strategy has become an industry best practice and can play an important role in keeping employees, suppliers, customers, students and the public at large informed during a crisis or event. This article explores the benefits, limits, costs and risks of various mobile text messaging methods.

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Fusion Risk Management Announces New Release Of Fusion Framework® Risk Management & Contingency Planning System™

September 25, 2013 5:32 pm | News | Comments

Fusion Risk Management, Inc., provider of the innovative and award-winning Fusion Framework® Risk Management & Contingency Planning System™ announced the new release of the Fusion Framework System™.  The new release delivers advanced capabilities for end-to-end IT Disaster Recovery management coupled with innovative Risk and Impact Assessment features. 

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Business Pulse: CDC Helps Businesses Ensure Continuity

September 25, 2013 4:54 pm | by CDC | News | Comments

Business Pulse is a new series of quarterly business briefs aimed at increasing awareness about the important public health work the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does to protect the well-being of our nation’s citizens, businesses and economy.  The first in the series focuses on helping business ensure continuity in times of crisis, and helping businesses prepare for public health emergencies.

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Operations Normal At GA Airport Following Lockdown

September 24, 2013 10:12 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Atlanta airport officials say operations are back to normal after an unknown mechanical issue led to a lockdown. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport spokesman Reese McCranie told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a technical glitch triggered a false alarm Monday afternoon.

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Colorado Hustles To Repair Flood Damaged Roads

September 24, 2013 8:40 am | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado officials are aiming to meet a Dec. 1 target to complete temporary fixes to at least some roads heavily damaged by catastrophic flooding this month. On Sunday, state highway crews and National Guard troops worked furiously to repair highways to Colorado mountain towns cut off by unprecedented flooding.

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Feds Developing 'Richter' Scale For Wildfires

September 24, 2013 8:32 am | by P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology hopes its Wildland Urban Interface Hazard Scale will tell residents the likely intensity of a wildfire burning into their neighborhood. The scale would allow city planners to assign better building codes for the millions of people who live in fire-prone areas in the West and would also measure how those homes could contribute to the spread of a fire.

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Continuity Q&A: SMBs & Cloud Computing

September 23, 2013 5:56 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Typically, an enterprise business has expertise in-house to do a lot more things, so if there are limitations in particular cloud apps it’s not a big deal for the enterprise – they likely have the manpower and expertise to write bespoke integrations and customize the solution. 

Union Leader: Navy Firefighters Had Faulty Radios

September 20, 2013 2:53 pm | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A union leader for a civilian Navy fire department that responded to the Washington Navy Yard shooting says faulty radios hindered emergency communications among some of the responders. Greg Russell, the union president, said Friday that the radio malfunctions were described to him by multiple firefighters who responded to Monday's massacre.

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Bird Flu Kills 11th Person In Cambodia This Year

September 20, 2013 12:39 pm | News | Comments

A 2-year-old girl has become the 11th person to die of bird flu in Cambodia this year, the country's health ministry said Friday. The girl from the southern province of Kampot died from the H5N1 bird flu virus on Tuesday after suffering from fever, breathing difficulties, diarrhea and other symptoms, the ministry said.

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