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Enter The CINY Tweetstakes!

August 26, 2013 10:01 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Events

Simply follow us @ContinuityMag. Once you're following, every tweet or retweet of Continuity Insights content enters you into a drawing for a CINY 2013 conference pass! Entrants must use #CINY_Tweetstakes on each tweet. 

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Three Dead, Two Wounded In Truck Company Shootings

August 26, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators in a north Florida town say they're working to determine what led a trucking company employee to go on a shooting spree that left himself, his former boss and a former coworker dead — and two others wounded. Authorities say Hubert Allen Jr., 72, drove to locations Florida's Union County and shot the men Saturday.

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Instagram, Other Sites Go Down

August 26, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon's unit that runs Web servers for other companies had problems Sunday that coincided with outages or slowdowns on several popular websites. AirBnB says its site was one of those affected. Other services that were slow or unavailable included Instagram and Twitter's Vine video-sharing application.

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Yosemite Fire Brings U.S. Utility Emergency

August 26, 2013 9:38 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A giant wildfire raging out of control grew to nearly 200 square miles (518 sq. kilometers) and spread into Yosemite National Park on Friday, as California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the city of San Francisco 150 miles (240 kilometers) away because of the threat to the city's utilities.

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Maine Libraries Help Destroyed Canadian Library

August 26, 2013 9:18 am | News | Comments

Libraries across Maine are collecting donations to help rebuild the library destroyed when a runaway train exploded in Canada earlier this summer. Farmington Public Library Director Melanie Coombs launched the effort because the Maine community is the sister city of Lac-Megantic (lak may-gahn-TEEK'), Quebec. The July 6 explosion and fire killed 47 people.

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Nasdaq Breakdown Puts Pressure On Crisis Work

August 23, 2013 11:56 am | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The latest high-tech disruption in the financial markets increases the pressure on Nasdaq and other electronic exchanges to take steps to avoid future breakdowns and manage them better if they do occur. The three-hour trading outage on the Nasdaq stock exchange Thursday also can be expected to trigger new rounds of regulatory scrutiny on computer-driven trading.

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Technical Glitch Halts Nasdaq Trading

August 23, 2013 9:50 am | by MATTHEW CRAFT, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A mysterious glitch halted trading on the Nasdaq for three hours Thursday in the latest major electronic breakdown on Wall Street, embarrassing the stock exchange that hosts the biggest names in technology, including Apple, Microsoft and Google.

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Yosemite-Area Wildfire Balloons In Size Overnight

August 22, 2013 11:38 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park — one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. — more than tripled in size overnight and still threatens about 2,500 homes, hotels and camp buildings. Fire officials said the blaze burning in remote, steep terrain had grown to more than 84 square miles and was only 2 percent contained on Thursday, down from 5 percent a day earlier.

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School Employee Helped Avert Tragedy In Standoff

August 22, 2013 9:41 am | by KATE BRUMBACK & PHILLIP LUCAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 911 tapes from a frightening standoff and shooting at an Atlanta-area school show how a school employee's calm demeanor and kind approach helped end the ordeal without any injuries. Police said Wednesday that school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff was heroic in how she responded after being taken hostage a day earlier by Michael Brandon Hill, a 20-year-old man with a history of mental health issues. 

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Rentsys Recovery Services To Host Second Annual Education Seminar On Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

August 22, 2013 9:20 am | by Rentsys Recovery | News | Comments

Rentsys Recovery Services, a provider of comprehensive disaster recovery solutions for businesses ranging from community banks and credit unions to enterprise organizations, hosts its Second Annual Education Conference and Open House on Thursday, September 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard in Billerica.

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Agility Recovery & The U.S. Small Business Administration Launch Webinar Series To Prepare Businesses For September’s National Preparedness Month

August 21, 2013 5:24 pm | by Agility Recovery | News | Comments

In observance of National Preparedness Month, Agility Recovery, North America's premier provider of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions to organizations of all types, together with the U.S. Small Business Administration, have launched a webinar series to help educate businesses on the importance of business preparedness.

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New Mobile Apps Revolutionize How Organizations Respond To Crises & Operations Issues

August 21, 2013 5:10 pm | by MissionMode | News | Comments

MissionMode Solutions has released three new mobile applications that revolutionize how organizations respond to crises and operations issues. The apps put the power and versatility of MissionMode’s emergency notification and incident management software on a tablet or smartphone. They extend the capabilities of the company’s web-based applications. 

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Global Citizens Demand Company Involvement In Natural Disaster Relief

August 21, 2013 4:01 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

As communities around the world continue to recover from natural disasters on epic scales, citizens look to companies — not just governments or aid organizations — to provide critical relief assistance. According to the 2013 Cone Communications Disaster Relief Trend Tracker, nearly nine-in-10 (87%) global consumers believe companies must play a role in natural disaster response. 

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Two NJ Towns Get OK For Protective Steel Sea Wall

August 21, 2013 3:48 pm | by WAYNE PARRY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the Jersey shore towns hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy in October will soon be protected by a steel sea wall. Mantoloking and Brick have received federal and state approval for the wall that will be covered by sand and form the base of a makeshift dune system. Work is expected to begin this fall.

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Hot, Dry Summer Pushes Wildfire Spending Past $1B

August 21, 2013 3:23 pm | by JEFF BARNARD,Associated Press | News | Comments

Wildfires burning in California, Oregon, Idaho and Montana are taxing national firefighting resources and helping to push spending past $1 billion for the year. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise upped the national wildfire preparedness level Tuesday to the highest level for the first time in five years.

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