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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...

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...

Home Depot Reports Profit Increase, But Can't Account for All Possible Losses from Breach

November 21, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Home Depot's third-quarter profit rose 14 percent, suggesting that a huge data breach announced...

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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.

BP Trying to Oust Juneau With Lawsuit

November 19, 2014 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  BP has long complained about Patrick Juneau's administration of claims. It sought his removal by a federal judge in motions claiming that he had a conflict of interest.

New Agency Established in Wake of Ferry Sinking Incident

November 19, 2014 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea formally launched a new safety agency in the wake of April's ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly teenage students, and exposed shortcomings in disaster response.  The new ministry has about 10,045 employees, becoming the fifth largest government department, according to the home affairs ministry.

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Three Killed in Albania Floods

November 19, 2014 3:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flooding in Albania has killed three people, after torrential rain caused power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, authorities said.  The government said the army was on standby to help emergency service workers with evacuation efforts, as more heavy rain was expected.

Portable Showers Set Up for Those Affected by Drought

November 19, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.  Until now, many have been forced to bathe from buckets and drink bottled water.

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. 

Former Massey CEO Blankenship Indicted

November 17, 2014 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Facing criminal charges in the deadliest U.S. coal mine disaster in four decades, ex-coal baron Don Blankenship has fallen silent for the first time in a while.  A gag order issued shortly after the 43-page indictment this week means Blankenship will have to hit pause on the defiant public relations campaign he's waged since the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.

More than 170 Passengers Contracted Virus During Cruise

November 17, 2014 3:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nearly monthlong cruise that saw more than 170 passengers get sick with the gastrointestinal illness norovirus has ended in Los Angeles with a thorough cleaning of the ship. Carnival's Crown Princess docked at the Port of Los Angeles after the voyage that took more than 4,100 people from Los Angeles to Hawaii to Tahiti and back.

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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.

Safe America Foundation Presented 2014 WorldSafe Awards Nov. 8

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

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.

Schools Closed, Crops at Risk After Snow Storm

November 14, 2014 8:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend.

School Tests Active Shooter Alarm System

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

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.

Nurses Strike Over Patient Care Standards, Ebola

November 13, 2014 4:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 As many as 18,000 nurses went on strike Tuesday and picketed in front of Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California to express their concerns about patient-care standards and Ebola.  The nurses, who are in the midst of contract negotiations, held red and yellow "strike for health and safety" picket signs. The two-day strike was expected to affect at least 21 Kaiser hospitals and 35 clinics and lasted until 7 a.m. Thursday.

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Large Banks to Pay Nearly $3.4 Billion in Fines

November 13, 2014 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC Bank and UBS agreed to settlements totaling almost $3.4 billion with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. The British regulator said Barclays remains under investigation.

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.

Lawyers for Gas, Oil Companies Ask Judge to Throw Out Louisiana Flood Board Lawsuit

November 13, 2014 2:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies asked a federal judge to toss out a Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against them over damage drilling and dredging has done to Louisiana's fragile coast.  U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown heard more than two hours of arguments on multiple issues related to the case.

Water Issues Slowing Fukushima Cleanup

November 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods due to another ongoing issue. 

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.

BP's $17 Million Rock Pile Repairs Island Sliced in Two by Katrina

November 11, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Katrina swamped Alabama's narrow Dauphin Island in 2005, creating a pass that grew from a few dozen feet to about 1.5 miles wide by the time the oil spill occurred in 2010. The cut left more than 7 miles of pristine beach inaccessible by foot on the island's uninhabited western end.  But then BP's Macondo well blew off the coast of Louisiana and spewed oil — and cash — into the Gulf region.

Summer Fires Have Having Lingering Effect on Tourism

November 10, 2014 4:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shortly after a wildfire blew up in north-central Washington in July, cancellations started pouring in to Sun Mountain Lodge.  In short order, the resort had 800 cancellations - not only for the summer months, but for the fall, too.  

Adult Home Residents Asked to Repay FEMA Aid

November 10, 2014 3:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The residents of Belle Harbor Manor spent four miserable months in emergency shelters after Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters surged through their assisted-living center on New York City's Rockaway peninsula.  Now, the home's disabled, elderly and mostly poor residents have a new headache: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked at least a dozen of them to pay back thousands of dollars in disaster aid.

First Winter Storms Causing Trouble in Midwest

November 10, 2014 3:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The first real punch of winter ranged across the Upper Midwest on Monday, bringing heavy snow in some areas and plunging temperatures across the region.  The frigid air was pushed in by a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend, and threatened to bury several states in snow and send temperatures as much as 40 degrees below average.

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. 

New York City Gets At Leas $1.6 Billion in FEMA Aid

November 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City is getting at least $1.6 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to help public hospitals install floodwalls, flood proof elevators and otherwise become more storm-resilient, officials said.  About $65 million will reimburse repairs and improvements already made after Superstorm Sandy in 2012; the rest is for projects yet to be completed.

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