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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...

Safe America Foundation Presented 2014 WorldSafe Awards Nov. 8

November 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Safe America Foundation presented its WorldSafe Awards on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Delta...

School Tests Active Shooter Alarm System

November 13, 2014 4:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A simulated school shooting  showed what "...

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Hackers Breach Computer Systems at National Weather Service

November 13, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers from China were able to breach government computer systems at the agency that oversees the National Weather Service, according to the chairman of a Congressional subcommittee that oversees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency's budget.

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. 

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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. 

Business Continuity Planning Goes Mobile

October 31, 2014 10:08 am | by Chris Britton | In Case of Crisis | Blogs | Comments

Chris Britton, General Manager of In Case of Crisis, discusses incoporating mobile technology into business continuity planning, communicating with employees through mobile devices and how those devices are changing the way people think about BC.

Planning for Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

October 28, 2014 10:50 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Goodyear | Articles | Comments

Mike Janko, Director of Global Business Continuity for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, discusses planning for infectious disease outbreaks and the importance of making your plans scalable.  He also discusses how outbreaks can effect your business regardless of where they occur.

Residents May Have to be Evacuated Due to Lava Flow

October 27, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say molten lava from a Hawaii volcano has been flowing steadily in an area where residents have been warned they might have to evacuate their homes.  Dozens of residents in the flow path have been told to complete all necessary preparations by Tuesday for a possible evacuation. The timeline could change, based on the flow rate.

Four Core Elements of an Effective Employee Personal Preparedness Program

October 21, 2014 10:43 am | by Jeff Hamilton | Blogs | Comments

Jeff Hamilton, President and COO of Nexis Preparedness Systems, discusses the importance for being prepared for an emergency, including having proper supplies, creating an emergency plan, being aware of potential disasters and practicing for them.

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Mudslides, Flooding in Mexico Leave Six People Dead

October 21, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy rains brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm Trudy have caused mudslides and flooding in southern Mexico that left at least six people dead.  states of emergency have been declared in 36 municipalities, and that 4,075 people were evacuated to shelters.

Category 4 Storm Gonzalo Approaching Bermuda

October 15, 2014 4:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Gonzalo barreled toward Bermuda as a powerful Category four storm Wednesday, threatening the tiny archipelago as residents were still repairing homes and clearing trees and power lines knocked down days earlier by a tropical storm. 

Preparation Key in Dealing with Senior Leadership

October 14, 2014 10:39 am | Articles | Comments

Erika Voss, Business Continuity Manager at Microsoft, discusses communication with senior management and explains why it is important to be prepared when discussing emergency situations.  She provides examples from her own career of events where she needed to interact with senior executives.

Ebola Scare Has Dallas Residents On Edge

October 10, 2014 8:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dallas is a city on edge as public-health officials wait to see if any of the people who may have been exposed to Ebola develop symptoms of the deadly disease.  Several residents of the neighborhood where a Liberian man emerged as the first U.S.-diagnosed Ebola case told city officials they had been sent home from work.

Social Media Can Be An Effective Business Continuity Tool

September 23, 2014 11:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Social media has taken the world by storm, allowing mass communication over large distances in ways that just a few years ago would have been impossible.  While outlets like Facebook and Twitter are commonly used for personal communication, they can be valuable tools for business continuity professionals.

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Residents, Tourists Trapped as Hurricane Hits Baja California

September 16, 2014 8:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.  Forecasters predicted a dangerous storm surge with large waves as well as drenching rains capable of causing landslides and flash floods.

Safe America Foundation Announces Programs, Hosts Speakers at Strategy Session

September 2, 2014 9:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | News | Comments

The Safe America Foundation held announced its plans for “BE Safe America,” a program that will run in conjunction with National Preparedness Month, at a strategy session at the National Grid Headquarters on Thursday, Aug. 28.   

New Calls for Early Warning System after Weekend Earthquake in California

August 27, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A university lab in the city of Berkeley is testing a prototype of an earthquake early-warning system that California is pursuing years after places like Mexico and Japan already have them up and running.   Experts say it would allow trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects, reducing injuries and damage.

Be Safe America Foundation to Kick Off National Preparedness Month Thursday

August 26, 2014 9:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | News | Comments

The Be Safe America Foundation will kick off National Preparedness Month, which begins in September, with an event at the National Grid Headquarters in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, Aug. 28.  The event, which will be held in conjunction with the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP), will be a “strategic briefing” about the foundation’s planned initiative, BE Safe America.

Video: The Value of Social Media in Crisis Communication

August 5, 2014 10:52 am | Videos | Comments

Suzanne Bernier, President of SB Crisis Consulting, discusses the value of using social media in crisis communications, including how social media can help get information to the necessary channels quickly and accurately and why it is important for crisis managers.

Mudslides Leave California Residents Trapped

August 5, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

About 2,500 people were stranded early Monday after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California, while one person was found dead in a flooded creek.  About 1,500 residents of Oak Glen, and another 1,000 residents of Forest Falls were unable to get out because of thick debris flows caused by flash floods. The stranded include 500 children and adults who had arrived at a Forest Falls campground Sunday morning.

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 

Storms Hit Eastern United States, Damage Homes and Businesses

July 28, 2014 5:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of large trees were uprooted.   

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.  

Typhoon Neoguri Makes Landfall in Okinawa

July 7, 2014 4:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Forecasts show the storm tracking toward Kyushu island and then across Japan's main island of Honshu. It is forecast to lose some power over land, but winds and heavy rains could cause landslides and other damage, Ebihara warned.     

New Emergency Notification System from Sungard Availability Services Delivers Faster, More Streamlined Mobile Alerts

June 30, 2014 2:49 pm | Sungard Availability Services | Product Releases | Comments

Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) announced Assurance Notification Manager (AssuranceNM), the newest addition to its Assurance software suite. With AssuranceNM, a global emergency notification system, users can communicate easier in a pending disaster.

Typhoon Warnings Now Mandatory in The Philippines

June 30, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Philippines has passed a law that requires cellphone companies to send warnings to millions of people in the path of deadly typhoons, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in an effort to reduce the high number of fatalities that occur almost every year. 

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