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Despite Low Death Rate, Lassa Fever Worth Watching

May 28, 2015 11:33 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

A New Jersey man died Monday from Lassa Fever, a rare infectious disease that originates in West Africa, after returning from Liberia.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, the disease is endemic to West Africa and is named after the town in Nigeria where it was first discovered in 1969.  While the disease is uncommon in the United States, that is not the case in West Africa.

IRS Hack Puts Renewed Focus on Cyber Security

May 28, 2015 11:28 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Authorities are still investigating a hack that led to the theft of personal information from...

Punishing Storms in Texas Test Government Emergency Response

May 27, 2015 4:21 pm | by Paul Weber and Juan Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews resumed searching for the 11 people who went missing in the small tourist town of...

Congress Wants to Know how Thieves Stole Tax Info From IRS

May 27, 2015 3:46 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is demanding answers about how identity thieves were able to steal the personal tax...

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UN Agency to Hire Mountain Guides, Porters for Nepal Relief

May 27, 2015 3:30 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N. food agency is hiring thousands of mountain and trekking guides, porters and other workers to carry food, medicine, tents and supplies to Nepal's mostly inaccessible northern villages where two powerful earthquakes destroyed houses, officials said.

About 1,100 People Dead as Summer Temperatures Soar in India

May 27, 2015 3:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 852 people have died from the stifling heat in Andhra Pradesh since May 13, a government statement said. In neighboring Telengana 266 have died from heat-related causes, Bhambal Ram Meena, a top official in the disaster management department, said.  Over the last two days temperatures in both states have reduced marginally but continue to hover near 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).

Japan Nuclear Plant Clears Regulator's Safety Screening

May 27, 2015 3:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nuclear plant owned by Kyushu Electric Power Co. cleared all of the regulator's safety screening, with only on-site pre-operational checks left for the utility before it is allowed to restart the Sendai complex in southwestern Japan.  

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Video: Diversity and the Evolution of Business Continuity

May 26, 2015 12:33 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Mark Armour, Global Director of Business Continuity for Brinks, Inc., discusses where he thinks the business continuity industry is headed.  He also discusses why it is important to have a wide range of opinions from people with different backgrounds when building a program.    

Severe Storms a Reminder of the Danger of Catastrophic Weather

May 26, 2015 10:56 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Severe storms and flash flooding in Texas and Oklahoma have left eight dead and others missing.  Tornadoes that struck just across the border in Mexico have added to the chaos as the impact of record rainfall is still being felt.  These latest storms are a reminder of just how damaging weather events can be and how difficult to plan for they are.

12 Missing After Flooding in Texas Sweeps Away Vacation Home

May 26, 2015 10:33 am | by Seth Robbins and Paul Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recovery teams were resuming the search  for 12 members of two families who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.  The hunt for the missing picked up after a holiday weekend of terrible storms that dumped record rainfall on the Plains and Midwest.

Man Diagnosed with Lassa Fever Dies in US After Liberia Trip

May 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A New Jersey man died after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said.  The man recently returned from Liberia, arriving at New York City's JFK International Airport.

Adult Dating Site Investigating Breach of User Data

May 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Brandon Bailey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of a popular adult dating website said it's investigating a data security breach following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation or habits of up to 4 million members. 

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Once Vilified, BP Now Getting Credit for Gulf Tourism Boom

May 26, 2015 10:24 am | by Jay Reeves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall meetings for killing a way of life is now being praised by some along the coast for spending more than $230 million to help lure visitors back to an area that some feared would die because of the spill.

Data on Thousands of Patients Stolen at New Jersey Hospitals

May 26, 2015 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of patients at three northern New Jersey hospitals have been alerted that their personal information was stolen in a data breach.  Officials said an employee with Medical Management LLC gave away names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of patients.

California Looks to Australia for Tips on Surviving Drought

May 26, 2015 10:08 am | by Kristen Gelineau and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.  Australia's drought response was hardly perfect, and some of its gains might be slipping away, but Americans suffering their own "Big Dry" may benefit from some comparisons.

Finding Cause of California Oil Spill Could Take Months

May 26, 2015 10:00 am | by Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a scenic California shoreline says it could take weeks or even months before investigators find what caused the disaster.  Crews have yet to excavate the broken piece of pipeline, which under the law must be done in the presence of federal regulators and a third party.

US State Dept. Employee Faces Cyber-Stalking, Hacking Charges

May 26, 2015 9:57 am | by Jeff Martin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. State Department employee is accused of sending threatening emails to college-aged women in the U.S. from his computer at the U.S. Embassy in London, authorities said.  A federal complaint unsealed this week in Atlanta states that Michael C. Ford accessed computer accounts of young women to obtain sexually explicit images of them.

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Continuity of Supply a Growing Concern in Global Economy

May 21, 2015 10:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity of supply has become an increasingly important factor for resilience professionals as more organizations are beginning to rely on complex, global supply chains to deliver their products.  Supply chain disruptions can be extremely damaging to a business, especially one that relies on a large network of suppliers to create their products.

Takeaways on Cyber Security from CIMC 2015

May 21, 2015 10:12 am | by Jenny Chen, Senior Certified Expert IT Consultant, IBM | Blogs | Comments

Jenny Chen, Senior Certified Expert IT Consultant for IBM, discusses her experience at the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference, including her takeaways about the state of cyber security and the good, bad and ugly ways in which BC pros deal with it.

Speakers Discuss Emerging Issues at Full-Day CPE Meeting

May 21, 2015 9:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York City Chapter of the Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE) hosted its third annual full-day conference, which featured presentations about relevant and emerging business continuity issues. The organization aims to help business continuity professionals continue to educate themselves while also getting the opportunity to network with others in the  the field.

California Oil Sop-Up Starts, Thousands of Gallons Gathered

May 21, 2015 9:44 am | by Christopher Weber and Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

 More than 6,000 gallons of oil had been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast in a cleanup effort that is now going 24 hours a day, officials said, but that's some of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline.

Unions Urge Amtrak to Put Second Crew Member in Locomotives

May 21, 2015 9:40 am | by Michael Sisak, Associated Press | News | Comments

The union for Amtrak's locomotive engineers urged the railroad  to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.  Amtrak hasn't had a second crew member in the locomotive of its Northeast Corridor trains since Congress ended the requirement in the early 1980s.

US Security Expert Says he Hacked Plane Controls Mid-Flight

May 21, 2015 9:32 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A security researcher told federal agents he was able to hack into aircraft computer systems mid-flight numerous times through the in-flight entertainment systems, and at one point he caused a plane he was on to move sideways, according to an FBI agent's affidavit.

Survivors Stunned by Loss in Colombian Town Hit by Flood

May 21, 2015 9:19 am | by Luis Benavides, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the small mountain town of Salgar, Colombia began digging out, tales of human tragedy multiplied. Survivors recalled being stirred from their beds by a loud rumble and neighbors' shouts, barely having enough time to gather their loved ones.

California Farmers Propose Voluntary Cuts

May 21, 2015 9:17 am | by Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.

Court Awards Some $1.8 Million to Phone Hacking Victims

May 21, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's High Court has awarded actress Sadie Frost, sports star Paul Gascoigne and a group of other claimants some 1.2 million pounds ($1.8 million) in damages after their phones were hacked by journalists seeking scoops for the Mirror Group Newspapers.

Video: Gaining Executive Support and 'Continuity 2.0'

May 19, 2015 12:09 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

David Lindstedt of Readiness Analytics continues his discussion on metrics, including how they can be used to gain executive support.  He also discusses how metrics can cause business continuity professionals to look at the industry in a new light.

Amtrak Liable for no More Than $200 Million in Crash

May 19, 2015 10:30 am | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

 For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims — the limit set by Congress. But that may be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and more than 200 people injured in last week's derailment in Philadelphia.

Feds project Lake Mead below drought trigger point in 2017

May 19, 2015 9:55 am | by Ken Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Federal water managers released a report projecting that Lake Mead's water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.  The effects could be serious. Arizona's allocation of Colorado River water could be cut 11.4 percent, or by an amount normally used by more than 600,000 homes. Nevada's share could be reduced 4.3 percent. 

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