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Speaker's Soapbox: William Marotz of Schneider National, Inc.

November 25, 2014 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

William Marotz,  Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Coordinator for logistics company Schneider National, Inc., will give a presentation called "Orange Trucks and Wild Tornadoes - A Case Study."  His presentation will be a case study of an April, 2012 tornado that struck Schneider's operating center in Dallas, Texas focusing on the company's actions before and after the disaster.

Video: The Three Basic Types of Behavioral Reactions to Disasters

November 25, 2014 10:45 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Steve Crimando, Principal in Behavioral Science Applications, discusses three types of basic...

Officials Already Preparing for Next Outbreak

November 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials...

New Ebola Cases in Mali Raising Concern

November 25, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are closely watching a new front in...

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Workers Killed in Chemical Leak Trapped for Hours Before Authorities Were Called

November 25, 2014 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four workers killed by poisonous gas during a recent chemical leak were trapped inside the Texas pesticide plant for an hour before anyone called 911, and no one told dispatchers what substances were inside.  The DuPont plant in La Porte typically housed as much as 250 tons of highly flammable methyl mercaptan.

Warm Weather After Snow Storm Has Buffalo Worried About Flooding

November 25, 2014 8:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Families in Buffalo rushed to pack up their valuables and schools closed in advance — not of snow but possible flooding.  Temperatures hit nearly 60 degrees on Monday, causing area residents to prepare for evacuations caused by runoff from melting snow, and overflowing creeks.

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Worker Killed During Routine Maintenance Operation

November 25, 2014 8:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said.  Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion, which was reported just before 3 p.m. 

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Video: Better Use of Remote Solutions

November 21, 2014 10:35 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Gerry Nolan, President and CEO of Eagle Rock Alliance, discusses use of remote solutions during recent disasters, why those solutions have been effective and why business continuity professionals need to make using these solutions a primary focus.

Crimando Discusses Crowd, Mob Psychology at ACP Event

November 21, 2014 10:24 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York City Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its November meeting at Rabobank on Thursday, Nov. 20.  The event featured a presentation by Steve Crimando about crowd and mob behavior and violence and how they can have a negative effect on businesses.

Can a Hospital be 'Ebola Proof?'

November 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 What does it take to Ebola-proof a hospital?  Over the past few months, U.S. medical centers have spent millions of dollars putting together a plan to treat patients with the scary, but extremely rare disease.  To a large extent, it has been an exercise in improvisation.

Homes, Businesses Evacuated After Chemical Mixture Bursts Into Flames

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility.  A vacuum truck exploded into flames at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co., spreading about 1,200 gallons of a waste chemical mixture that contained sulfuric acid and a highly combustible organic peroxide, fire officials said.

Questions You Need to Answer Before Adopting a Hybrid Cloud for Your Enterprise

November 18, 2014 10:29 am | by Rentsys Recovery Services | Rentsys Recovery Services | Blogs | Comments

Hybrid clouds are making it possible for enterprises to take advantage of the mobility and convenience of managing some resources via the public cloud without sacrificing the security of managing critical applications and sensitive data within an on-premise private cloud.  If you’re considering joining the ranks of hybrid cloud adopters, take the time to ask yourself some key questions to decide if hybrid cloud is right for you. 

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Top Five: 2014 Extreme Weather Events

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Few things can shut down business operations like an extreme weather event.  They are unpredictable, dangerous and very, very difficult to plan for.  Here are a few of the more unique and dangerous extreme weather events the world has seen in 2014. 

State of Aging Structures a Concern in New Orleans' French Quarter

November 17, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The collapse of a 210-year-old building in the heart of the French Quarter is raising warning flags about decay and a lack of rigorous inspections in one of America's oldest and most fragile neighborhoods.  No one was injured when the three-story, brick-and-cypress building collapsed in late October, but the episode has thrown into focus an array of problems throughout the nearly 300-year-old Quarter.

Chickens, Ducks Killed Over Bird Flu Concerns

November 17, 2014 3:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chickens were being killed in the Netherlands, and Britain was preparing to kill ducks, after two cases of bird flu were discovered in Europe — but officials insisted Monday that the risk to public health was very low.  British officials said they were investigating a case of the H5 bird flu virus in northern England, but noted it's not the more dangerous H5N1 strain.

Cause of Chemical Leak that Killed Four Still Unknown

November 17, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont officials said it's still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth.  A company spokesman said DuPont is investigating the cause of the leak of methyl mercaptan at a plant in La Porte. The chemical is used to create crop-protection products such as insecticides and fungicides.

Cyber Security a Serious Focus for Tibet Activists

November 13, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Buffeted by persistent cyberattacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed: Detach from attachments.  The Internet safety slogan, one of several messages championed by digital security group Tibet Action Institute, is an example of how human rights defenders are seeking creative ways to protect activists from electronic espionage.

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Avalution Releases ‘Business Continuity Management 101: Key Activities and Outcomes’ Educational Video Series

November 13, 2014 7:33 am | by Avalution | Avalution Consulting | Product Releases | Comments

Avalution Consulting announced today the release of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) 101: Key Activities and Outcomes educational video series.  The six videos in this series examine each phase in the business continuity planning life-cycle.

Top Five: Reasons to Prepare for Winter Weather Right Now

November 11, 2014 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As temperatures begin to drop, winter weather will soon be upon us.  Snow, ice, hail and “wintery mix” can bring a host of problems for business continuity professionals and their teams.  Here are five reasons you should begin making preparations for winter weather right now.

Stovepipe: Great for Hats, Not Crisis Communication

November 7, 2014 10:35 am | by John Tempesco | Athoc | Blogs | Comments

John Tempesco, Senior Director of Marketing at AtHoc, Inc, discusses how many organizations "stovepipe" crisis communications, why that is harmful to those organizations and how to create an emergency notification plan that reaches across an entire business. 

Facebook Introduces 'Safety Check' Feature

November 7, 2014 10:28 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Facebook has introduced a new feature, called “Safety Check,” which will allow its users to check in with their status during a disaster.  Users who sign up will receive push notifications when disasters strike in their area and can respond by saying they are okay or not in the area.  The response would then be transmitted to their contacts. 

Approval Given for Restart of Nuclear Power Plant

November 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A governor gave final approval Friday for a nuclear power plant to restart in southern Japan, the first to resume operations under new safety rules imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns caused by an earthquake and tsunami.

New Security Measures in Place for Healthcare.Gov

November 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say HealthCare.gov has gotten cybersecurity upgrades ahead of a Nov. 15 start for the second open enrollment season under President Barack Obama's health care law.  Last year's chaotic debut of the program did not allow time to complete security testing.

Panel Reaffirms Ruling, BP Still Liable for 2010 Oil Spill

November 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court panel has reaffirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the latest loss for the oil giant as it fights court decisions that could ultimately bring $18 billion in penalties.

World Health Organization Elects New Director of African Regional Office

November 5, 2014 2:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With nearly 5,000 dead of Ebola in West Africa, the World Health Organization elected a new director of its Africa regional office, which has been accused of bungling the response to the outbreak in its early stages.  Matshidiso Moeti is a doctor from Botswana and a WHO veteran who stepped down as deputy regional director for Africa in March.

Why Someone Else’s Data Breach Affects You

November 4, 2014 11:12 am | by Michael Chaly and Michael Dunn, Lootok | Lootok Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

Michael Chaly and Michael Dunn of Lootok discuss how data breaches, even those at other organizations, can effect your company.  They discuss how cyber crime has a "ripple effect" and how effective business continuity planning can prevent attacks.

Breach Compromises Employee Records, Costs USIS Hundreds of Millions in Lost Contracts

November 4, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cyberattack similar to previous hacker intrusions from China penetrated computer networks for months at USIS, the government's leading security clearance contractor, before the company noticed, officials and others familiar with an FBI investigation and related official inquiries said.  

Reactors Back On Line After Debris Removed

November 4, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 One of the two reactors at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in southwestern Michigan is back online after rough waters on Lake Michigan forced a two-day shutdown.  The company says it shut the generators early Saturday after excessive debris from large lake swells damaged several water screens.

'Dealing With Disasters at Dell' Available On-Demand

October 31, 2014 11:32 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Dell | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights and Dell hosted their webinar, “Dealing with Disasters at Dell,” which discussed lessons learned and disaster recovery at the computer company, on Thursday, Oct. 30.   The free webinar is available here for those who were unable to attend. 

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