Reputation management is one of the most, if not the most, important aspects to a successful business continuity program. Regardless of size, scope or industry, no one wants to do business with an organization that they perceive to be unethical, incompetent or unreliable. That includes not only customers, but potential business partners or investors as well.
The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its first meeting...
Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S.,...
On New Year's Eve of 2013, Shanghai authorities sent about 6,000 city police officers and requested help from military police to manage a 300,000-strong crowd that filled the city's famed riverfront for the annual midnight light show. Just as many revelers showed up to ring in 2015, but the venue was guarded by only 700 police officers with no traffic control, state media reported.
Highlighting the depth of Indonesia's air safety problems, the transportation ministry announced harsh measures against everyone who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off without proper permits — including the suspension of the airport's operator and officials in the control tower.
More than two dozen homes have been destroyed or badly damaged and almost 30 people have sought medical treatment as a result of a massive wildfire that has raged out of control for days across farms and woodland in southern Australia, officials said.
Flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Jangmi left at least 31 people dead and seven missing in the Philippines, including in areas still recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan, officials said. Jangmi, packing winds of 40 miles per hour and gusts of 50 mph, dumped heavy rains on southern Mindanao Island, where floods destroyed bridges and highways, sending thousands of residents to evacuation centers.
A fire in a shopping mall in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed at least 13 people, local media reported. The fire broke out at the oldest shopping center in the eastern city, which is considered Pakistan's cultural center. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his grief over the deadly blaze, and directed the government to accelerate the rescue and relief efforts.
California has received funding to help begin an earthquake warning system across the state next year. Scientists have tried to make the public alert system available but funding has been a problem. But $5 million was allocated for the program in a major spending bill approved by Congress, the Los Angeles Times reported.
If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see new, separate warnings about storm surge in addition to those about winds, the National Hurricane Center said. The separate storm-surge warnings will begin with the 2015 hurricane season and should provide emergency managers and the public with better information about tropical weather hazards.
Villagers in the central Philippines fled coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations as an approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year's deadly onslaught from Typhoon Haiyan. Government forecasters said Typhoon Hagupit was packing sustained winds of 127 miles per hour and gusts of up to 149 mph over the Pacific.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Safe America Foundation presented its WorldSafe Awards on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Delta Flight Museum in Hapeville, Ga. Individuals and organizations across various categories were recognized for their contributions to safety both nationally and internationally.
A simulated school shooting showed what "active shooter" technology could do to help police catch a gunman if the horrible threat ever strikes as it has at other schools across the country. Smoke alarm-sized sensors installed in classrooms, hallways and other points throughout the building were activated by the sounds of gunfire, and police officers were immediately able to track his movements and quickly subdue him.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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