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Ebola Infections Declining, Virus Still a Serious Threat

October 29, 2014 3:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over.  The disease is still raging in parts of Sierra Leone and there is still a risk that the decline in Liberia won't be sustained

Psychological Effects of Sandy Still Linger

October 29, 2014 11:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New York health officials estimate about 700,000 residents are still experiencing mental health...

Planning for Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

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

Mike Janko, Director of Global Business Continuity for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company,...

'Social Resilience' Has Major Impact on Community Preparedness

October 28, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey suggests "social resilience"...

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Two Years Later, Is Northeast Prepared for Another Storm Like Sandy?

October 28, 2014 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After Superstorm Sandy, officials in New York and New Jersey vowed to make sure the unprecedented destruction wouldn't happen again.  Two years later, would it?  There are some concrete signs of tougher protections, but many planned projects are still years off.

Five Injured after Plant Explosion

October 27, 2014 4:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to the hospital after an explosion at an industrial plant in the southwestern Ontario city.  Mayor Mike Bradley said the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon at the Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc. plant.

Japanese Insurance Company Could Use Drones to Asses Damage

October 27, 2014 4:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. plans to introduce drones to assess damage to homes caused by natural disasters, in the first such move by a Japanese nonlife insurer, sources close to the matter said.  The use of small helicopter drones is aimed at shortening the time necessary to assess damage resulting from typhoons, heavy snowfall and other disasters.

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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.

Cleanup Plan in Place for Alaska Refinery

October 24, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A cleanup plan for a chemical spill on ground beneath the shuttered North Pole refinery has been approved by the refinery owner and the state.  The agreement is between Flint Hills Resources, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Attorney General for cleanup of sulfolane, a chemical used in refining.

Storm Could Complicate FairPoint Strike

October 24, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nor'easter could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, with driving rain and strong wind gusts possibly causing service disruptions as more than 1,700 workers remain on strike.

Federal Inspectors Say Mine Operators Improperly Detonated Explosives, Failed to Properly Vent Gasses

October 24, 2014 8:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mine Safety and Health Administration administrator Joe Main said Tuesday managers of the mine near Ouray improperly detonated deteriorated explosives in a mine shaft in an attempt to dispose of them, filling the area with toxic gas. Regulators say mine operators failed to seal off the area or ventilate it, and they ignored complaints from miners.

Remnants of Hurricane Hit Britain with Rain, Strong Winds

October 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman has been killed by a falling tree in London as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo lashed Britain with rain and strong winds.  Several other people across the country were injured by falling branches, and the wind brought down trees onto railway lines. 

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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.

Q&A: The Future and Potential Aftermath of the Hong Kong Protests

October 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Three weeks ago, students at a rally stormed a fenced-off courtyard outside Hong Kong's government headquarters, triggering unprecedented mass protests for greater democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese city.  Since then, the movement has spiraled into a volatile and dangerous crisis with no clear endgame.

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.

Officials Say 407 People Rescued in Nepal after Blizzards

October 21, 2014 9:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 39 people, including trekkers from Canada, India, Israel, Slovakia, Poland and Japan, died in the blizzards and avalanches that swept the Himalayas last week, battering the popular Annapurna trekking circuit. Nepalese officials said they rescued 407 people, 226 of them foreigners.

Lowther Addresses Guaranteed Housing During Disasters

October 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Michelle Lowther, Principal in Continuity Housing, discussed securing hotel rooms for critical personnel during disasters at an Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) meeting at the Metropolitan College of New York on Thursday, Oct. 16.  

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Doctors in Guinea Come Out Of Retirement to Fight Ebola

October 17, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Guinea's president issued a call for retired doctors to return to work to help the impoverished country's overstretched health system fight the deadly Ebola outbreak.  President Alpha Conde's appeal has already prompted some doctors to volunteer, however many health workers in the country have fled in fear of the disease, complaining of the lack of equipment to fight it.

Widespread Data Breaches Could Cost South Korea Billions

October 17, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea's national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of dollars.

Despite Negative Effects, Businesses can Capitalize on Winter Weather

October 17, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After last year's rough winter and with forecasts of another snowy season, small business owners want to ensure they can operate through whatever's ahead and, in some cases, capitalize from it.  Companies who have contingency plans for winter weather can use ice and snow to their advantage.

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. 

Pilot Killed After Air Tanker Crashes Into Canyon Wall While Battling Blaze

October 15, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A California firefighting aircraft that crashed into a canyon wall in Yosemite National Park last week, killing the pilot, might have struck a tree as it approached a wildfire, tearing off a wing, federal investigators said.  The twin-engine S-2T air tanker was destroyed when it hit the ground.

Protesters in Ferguson Commit Various Acts of Civil Disobedience in Surrounding Area

October 15, 2014 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pounding rain and tornado watches didn't deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown's body was left in a street after he was fatally shot by police.  Organizers of the four-day Ferguson October protests committed acts of civil disobedience across the St. Louis region.

Fracking Could be to Blame for Small, Unnoticeable Earthquakes

October 15, 2014 3:50 pm | News | Comments

 A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique.  The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.

Gulf Coast States May Begin Applying for Grant Money Soon

October 15, 2014 3:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill.

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.

Video: Joe Daniels Presents at CINY2014

October 14, 2014 10:02 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, delivered the keynote presentation at Continuity Insights New York on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.  Here is just a small excerpt from his talk.

Nurse at Texas Hospital Contracts Ebola

October 14, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Health officials are intensifying the monitoring of hospital workers who provided care to the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. after one of them was infected with the virus despite wearing protective gear.  Tests confirmed the first known case of Ebola transmitted in the nation.

Man Arrested for Starting Fire that Damaged Buildings, Forests

October 13, 2014 4:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California man was arrested Saturday on charges of starting a wildfire that devastated the lumber town of Weed last month, authorities said.  Ronald Beau Marshall, 24, was taken into custody on felony counts of arson to inhabited structures, property and forest land.

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