Communication is a critical part of any business. Poor communication, whether it is between managers and subordinates or peers, can negatively impact a business and result in lost time and money. By promoting positive communications throughout the organization, companies can engage their workforce and create an efficient work environment.
Avalution Releases Emergency Notification Surveys and Expanded Customization Features for Catalyst Business Continuity SoftwareApril 16, 2015 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments
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A super typhoon blamed for the deaths of at least four people on islands in the western Pacific Ocean has moved into the open sea and is expected to significantly weaken before reaching the Philippines later this weekend. Typhoon Maysak packed winds of 160 kilometers per hour (100 mph) when it passed north of the Yap State atolls of Ulithi and Fais in the Federated States of Micronesia.
Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola. Thousands of teams were out reminding people how Ebola is spread and how to prevent it. Teams were also going to search for Ebola cases, particularly in regions around the capital and in the north, where flare-ups persist.
In 2011, an earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that struck northern Japan, leaving thousands dead and causing billions of dollars in damage. It also resulted in nuclear meltdowns, including the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant. Now, the government is considering something drastic: building a 250 mile chain of cement sea walls more than five stories tall.
Last week, the island nation of Vanuatu was hammered by a massive cyclone that destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in Port Vila, the nation’s capital. The challenges of recovering from a catastrophic weather incident of this magnitude in a country like Vanuatu are going to be far more amplified than they would elsewhere. Still, residents did their best to prepare for the storm.
Tanna Island in the southern part of the Vanuatu archipelago was one of the hardest hit when Cyclone Pam tore through the South Pacific nation early Saturday. Among the island's 30,000 residents, however, there were just five confirmed deaths, a testament to their experience in dealing with cyclones as well as some narrow escapes.
Located in Chile's Lake District in the southeast portion of the Province of Cautín, Pucon and the surrounding area is home to Lake Villarrica and the Villarrica volcano. It's about 11 hours (700 kilometers) by bus traveling south from Santiago, Chile's capital.
The Ohio River crested at its highest level in two decades, leaving riverside residents relieved but cautious as forecasters warned that flooding problems will linger much of the week ahead. The National Weather Service said the river crested at around 6 a.m. at 57.7 feet, or seven feet below the 1997 level that caused severe, widespread flooding in the Cincinnati area and in Kentucky.
One of South America's most active volcanoes erupted in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people. Chilean authorities had issued an orange alert on Monday because of increased activity at the volcano. About 3,500 people have been evacuated so far, including tourists, said Interior and Security Minister Rodrigo Penailillo.
States of emergency were declared and schools were closed ahead of wintry weather mix that hit much of the South on Wednesday. Heavy rain, snow, and temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below zero were forecast for several states. The wintry mix of precipitation was expected from northern Texas eastward across the Gulf states and into the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service.
In a video released Monday by Al-Qaeda backed Somali rebel group Al-Shabab, a member of the organization called on Muslims in the west to carry out attacks on shopping malls. Although U.S. authorities said they have no credible evidence that any sort of organized attack is in the works, the video named specific targets, including the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.
The Mid-Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association (MADRA) hosted an open forum discussion, which focused on several key aspects of business continuity, on Thursday, Feb. 19. The event focused on several critical business continuity topics.
Just as southern New England residents finished digging out from the latest storm, forecasters say more snow is on the way. Forecasters also are watching a much larger storm that could dump higher amounts Sunday into Monday. It's too early to say how much that might ultimately bring.
Maintenance workers who sparked a fire that left about 500 residents of a northern New Jersey apartment complex homeless never called 911 for help, documents showed. A review of dispatch logs and 911 tapes revealed no record of any employee alerting authorities as the Avalon Bay blaze, which started when two workers tried to fix a leaky pipe, grew into an inferno on Jan. 21 in Edgewater.
Social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram allow for messages to be distributed to massive amounts of people very quickly and can be a valuable tool for business continuity professionals. However, a single unfortunate message or poorly timed tweet can cause serious damage, especially to an organization or individual’s reputation.
Fire crews increased containment of the wind-driven wildfire that ravaged communities along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, but they said that they still didn't know when the roughly 250 residents evacuated from Swall Meadows and nearby Paradise would be able to return home.
Frigid temperatures descended on the northern tier of the country, and while it's not the coldest weather of the season, the biting chill followed a powerful snowstorm from the Midwest into the Northeast. According to the National Weather Service, people from Montana to Maine are dealing with sub-zero wind chill temperatures.
Forecasts for Winter Storm Juno missed the mark in New York and New Jersey, prompting an outcry against what many believe was a major overreaction. Some forecasters predicted Juno would drop significant. While this prediction proved to be true in much of New England, it brought only a few inches to New York and New Jersey.
In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything, which New York and Massachusetts learned too well. Small last-minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful of inches in New York, leading one forecaster to apologize, the National Weather Service boss to get defensive, politicians to explain themselves and some Northeast residents wondering where the much-hyped snow went.
Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the coming days as New Englanders are just digging out from a historic blizzard. Forecasters are also monitoring a storm loaded with moisture that's heading into the region over the weekend.
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 of 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 15 at Metropolitan College of New York. The event featured a presentation by FEMA’s Eric Goldman, who discussed America’s PrepareAthon, an initiative that invites individuals, businesses and community organizations to participate in disaster planning and drills.
Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S., with wind chills driving them even lower. Throw in the snow some areas are getting and you've got a bone chilling mix that may also be super messy.
Earthquake trackers are adding instruments at CenturyLink Field in Seattle to record expected vibrations from jumping and stomping Seahawks fans. Scientists are using the stadium monitors to look for problems they might encounter with a real earthquake. They're also testing technology that could provide an early warning of underground shaking.
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.
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