After years of losing the fight against rising global emissions of heat-trapping gases, governments around the world are emphasizing what a U.N. Foundation scientific report calls "managing the unavoidable." In 2012, weather disasters — not necessarily all tied to climate change — caused $110 billion in damage to the United States, which was the second highest total since 1980.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide additional money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people. The decision likely means less money to pay for public repairs to roads, sewer lines, pipes and a school that was destroyed.
SunGard Availability Services released its new Weather Alert System, which informs Recovery Services customers of severe storms and natural disasters and allows them to declare an alert with one simple click. SunGard Availability Services is leveraging real-time data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and using big data analytics to keep its customers abreast of threatening storms and other natural disasters.
A listing of educational sessions at the 2013 Continuity Insights Chicago Conference and links to download presentation slides.
The first-annual Continuity Insights Chicago conference takes place next week, June 18-19. This comprehensive two-day conference offers educational sessions, networking opportunities and a review of the latest technologies. We’re excited to announce our plenary sessions for this event.
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were wrapping up a two-day summit at which they tackled the contentious issue of cybersecurity. The issue of cyberespionage hangs over the summit, although both leaders carefully avoided accusing each other of the practice when talking to the press at the end of their first day of meetings. But they acknowledged an urgent need to find a common approach to addressing the matter.
In the early morning hours of Monday, March 18, 2013, University of Central Florida (UCF) administrators received a call indicating that a student had committed suicide. Staff and authorities soon discovered that the deceased student had also planned a campus shooting. While motives are still unclear, UCF’s response to the incident is clearly exceptional.
The projections paint an unsettling picture of New York's future: a city where by the 2050s, 800,000 people could be living in a flood zone that would cover a quarter of the land, and there could be as many 90-degree days as is now normal for Birmingham, Ala.
Santa Monica College reopened under extra security Monday except for the library, where police shot and killed a heavily armed gunman after a rampage that left five people dead. Counselors were on hand and a candlelight vigil was planned for Monday evening in front of the library.
The deadly tornado that plowed through an area near Oklahoma City was even larger and more powerful than previously estimated — a record 2.6 miles wide with winds that reached nearly 300 mph, just shy of the strongest winds ever measured.
After bringing rains, heavy winds and even tornadoes to parts of Florida, TropicalStorm Andrea moved quickly across south Georgia and was leaving the Carolinas waterlogged on Friday while sparing the area any serious damage.
Officials at the last hospital still closed because of damage from Superstorm Sandy are no longer predicting when they will be able to reopen. The Long Beach Medical Center, located on a waterfront channel just east of New York City, suffered heavy flooding damage in the October storm, requiring at least $56 million in repairs, hospital officials said.
Esri announces that Wall Street Network (WSN) has released the first of a dozen risk management solutions, based on ArcGIS Online, called XtremeGIS. XtremeGIS provides access to information including global tropical cyclone event and forecast data from AccuWeather, satellite imagery from i-cubed, and WSN's knowledge management software.
SunGard Availability Services has announced support for virtualized platforms for its SunGard Managed Oracle Services. Virtualized platforms allow companies to make the transition from capital intensive, traditional dedicated infrastructure, leveraging scale and pay-as-you-go multi-tenant models.
After months of mulling New York City's response to Superstorm Sandy, lawmakers proposed Wednesday to require backup generators for traffic lights, a system to track everyone in shelters for people with medical problems and other changes in emergency response.