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Site Engineer to Face Criminal Charges in Thai Building Collapse

August 19, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from the collapse of a six-story building under construction on the outskirts of Thailand's capital has risen to 14, as rescue teams ended their search Friday, four days after the cave-in.  Police were investigating the cause of the collapse and have arrested four people, including the site engineer, who will face criminal charges.

Data Generated by DDoS Attacks Almost Impossible for Websites to Withstand

August 19, 2014 10:40 am | by Dr. Bill Highleyman | Articles | Comments

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Down Time Could Have a Serious Impact on Your Company's Reputation

August 19, 2014 10:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Jacqueline Rupert, Managing Consultant for Avalution, spoke with Continuity Insights about down...

Planning for Resilience-Best Practices for Developing Reliable Disaster Recovery Plans

August 19, 2014 10:04 am | by Michael Redmond and Sonal Sinha | Articles | Comments

Ms. Michael Redomond, CEO of Redmond Worldwide and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President of...

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Video: The BIA as the Basis for your Operational Risk Program

August 19, 2014 9:16 am | Videos | Comments

Annie Searle, Principal at ASA Risk Consultants, discusses how Business Impact Analysis can and should be used as a basis of a strong operational risk program because it helps businesses understand what the critical processes and why they are so important.

Video: The Value of Social Media in Crisis Communication

August 12, 2014 2:42 pm | Videos | Comments

Suzanne Bernier of SB Crisis Consulting discusses how social media has become an important and effective vehicle to share critical information.  As a complement to traditional media, many organizations and first responders have embraced social media for timely crisis communication.

Southwest Braces as Lake Mead Water Levels Drop

August 12, 2014 1:48 pm | by Ken Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Marina operators, water managers and farmers who for decades have chased every drop of water across the booming Southwest and part of Mexico are closely tracking the reservoir water level already at its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s.

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The Perfect Storm: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

August 5, 2014 11:09 am | by Ed Schlichtenmyer, Business Continuity and Quality Manager at ImpactWeather | Articles | Comments

Ed Schlichtenmyer, Business Continuity and Quality Manager at ImpactWeather, discusses the importance of being prepared for a pandemic or epidemic, common pandemic misconseptions and why it is important for business continuity practitioners in the corporate world to be prepared.

Regardless of Industry, Down Time Can Have Dramatic Effects on a Business

August 5, 2014 10:59 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Mark Carroll, Senior Vice President of Income Research + Management, sat down with Continuity Insights to discuss down time, its impact on finances, processes and reputation an why business continuity practitioners are just beginning to discover its true impact.

Second Case Confirmed as Ebola Outbreak Spreads to Nigeria

August 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people in four countries.

Explosion in Auto Parts Factory Kills 75, Blamed on Poor Safety Measures

August 5, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.  Metal dust produced from polishing steel hubcaps ignited Saturday morning at the factory in the eastern Chinese city of Kunshan, causing an explosion that destroyed almost the entire roof of the plant.

Mass Notification a Critical Part of the Incident Management Lifecycle

August 5, 2014 9:02 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | MissionMode Solutions | Articles | Comments

Robert Edson, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Mission Mode Solutions, talked with Continuity Insights about mass notification and why it is so important.  Topics include its place in the incident management lifecycle, social media as a communications tool and executive integration 

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Video: Key Messages for Executives on BC/DR and Operational Resiliency

August 5, 2014 8:46 am | Videos | Comments

Howard Mannella of Alternative Resiliency Services Corp discusses the five key messages business continuity practitioners should communicate to executive management, including how business continuity and insurance are different and why having a business continuity program is important

Massive Work Stoppage at Local Chain After CEO Ousted

July 29, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A workers' revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain has led to empty shelves, angry customers and support for a boycott from more than 100 state legislators and mayors.  Workers are demanding the reinstatement of a beloved former CEO, who was credit with keeping prices low, treating employees well and guiding the company's success.

Should you Automate your Business Continuity Plan?

July 29, 2014 10:17 am | by Hector Miguel Opazo Santis | Articles | Comments

Hector Miguel Opazo Santis, Consulting Manager for Resilience Technologies of Chile, discusses business continuity plan automation, what to consider before choosing business continuity management software and why automation is worth considering.

Video:Business Continuity Management Risk Index

July 29, 2014 9:13 am | Videos | Comments

Mike Kadar of MK Continuity & Availability LLC discusses his business continuity management risk index and how it can be used to gain support from executives and express business continuity related data in a concise and effective manner

Fertilizer Companies Say Towns to Blame for Unprepared First Responders

July 28, 2014 5:05 pm | News | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the April 2013 blast.  

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Video:Why Moving Business Continuity to Enterprise Risk Management Works

July 22, 2014 8:59 am | Videos | Comments

Blaise D'Ambrosio, Global Continuity Manager at T. Rowe Price, offers two reasons why having business continuity become a part of your organizaton's enterprise risk management program is a good idea and can make your program more effective 

Chinese National Charged in Alleged Conspiracy to Steal Patented Seeds from U.S. Companies

July 21, 2014 4:42 pm | News | Comments

Patented seed allegedly stolen from U.S. seed corn companies as part of what prosecutors say was a conspiracy involving seven employees of a Chinese agriculture biotechnology company to steal trade secrets could be worth as much as $500 million, federal prosecutors said last week.

After Explosion, No Timetable for Re-Opening of Ethanol Plant

July 21, 2014 4:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur, Iowa. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer. It is unknown when the plant, which employs about 50 people and operates 24 hours a day, will re-open.

Ebola outbreak in West Africa – rising number of calls to International SOS

July 15, 2014 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Internaitional SOS reported a huge increase in requests for information about Ebola Virus after the outbreak, but said the risk is low for business travelers to become infected is low if they follow proper procedures and exercise caution  

Incident Command System, Working With Children During Disasters Discussed at ACP Meeting

July 15, 2014 9:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) hosted its monthly meeting with an online audience, which featured presentations on Incident Command System integration and children in disasters, on Tuesday, July 8.  

How to Create and Implement an Emergency Preparedness Assessment

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by Michael Redmond | Articles | Comments

Ms. Michael Redmond, CEO of Redmond Worldwide, discusses the importance of creating  an Emergency Preparedness Plan.  She also talks about implementing the plan and what steps should be taken before and after an emergency situation 

Saltwater Spill Could Lead to Regulations

July 14, 2014 2:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.  The leak involved an estimated 24,000 barrels, or 1 million gallons, of saltwater and condensate, byproducts of oil and gas production.

Video:The Critical Importance of Cyber Preparedness

July 14, 2014 8:56 am | Videos | Comments

Steve Ross, Executive Principal for Riskmasters Inc., discusses the importance of being prepared for interruptions caused by cyber attacks and why business continuity professionals should put more effort into planning for such attacks   

One Injured, Roads Closed After Chemical Plant Accident

July 8, 2014 11:10 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

An accident at a chemical plant in Dalton injured a worker Monday and briefly caused authorities to close roads and warn residents in nearby apartments to stay inside.  The accident marked a third serious safety incident for MFG Chemical Inc.

Company Gets $11,000 Fine after oil Spill

July 8, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

The Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Freedom Industries $7,000 for keeping storage tanks containing crude MCHM behind a diked wall that was not liquid tight. On Jan. 9, roughly 10,000 gallons of MCHM leaked from one of the tanks and through the riverside diked wall and left 300,000 residents without clean water for days.

Case Study:How Reinsurance Group of America Reinstated its Global Business Continuity Program

July 8, 2014 9:46 am | by Mike Keating | Articles | Comments

Mike Keating, Vice President of Business Continuity Management for Reinsurance Group of America, discusses how his company reinstated its global business continuity program despite the challenge of having a thin staff and several teams of employees overseas .

Video:Using Tools and Concepts in Industry Standards to Engage Management

July 8, 2014 9:23 am | Videos | Comments

Brian Zawada, Director of Consulting for Avalution, discusses how to effectively user management system concepts outlined in different business continuity standards to actively engage senior management in your enterprise's continuity program.

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