New commissioner of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority vows to proceed with safety screenings of nuclear facilities with independence, brushing off criticism he has close ties with nuclear power companies. He has come under fire for receiving payments and donations in the past from bodies including one linked to Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The Mexican government began airlifting the first...
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Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes. The blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park in central California, prompted authorities to evacuate about 1,000 residents out of about 400 homes
Sinkholes open when soil collapses into large holes, caused by flowing water in underground limestone. Their toll can be dramatic, swallowing homes, trees or anything else on the collapsing ground. For every sinkhole that causes property damage, scores open in fields and other obscure places.
Lava concerns on Hawaii's Big Island are shifting from it reaching a sparsely populated subdivision to it crossing over a heavily used highway. Hawaii County workers on Thursday began preparing defunct roads to be used as alternate routes if lava from Kilauea volcano reaches Highway 130, which could happen within weeks. The highway is a lifeline that connects the mostly rural, isolated Puna district with the rest of the island.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500 households that it suspects received improper payments after Hurricane Sandy, according to program officials. FEMA had asked around 850 of those aid recipients to return a collective $5.8 million.
The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials say. The computer network intrusion compromised the personal files of as many as 25,000 government workers.
One of the most tragic events in American History, the September 11th attacks changed a lot for the American people. It also changed the business continuity industry, causing professionals to plan differently, prepare for new kinds of disasters and become more resilient.
RX Response Director of Operations Emily Lord discusses the organization's roots in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its continuing goal of creating public/private partnerships between government agencies and pharmaceuitical companies.
Heavy monsoon rains have caused flash floods and landslides that left at least 116 people dead in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and in eastern Pakistan, officials said. Landslides and floods are common in both India and Pakistan during the monsoon season, which runs through September.
After a six-week protest that cost Market Basket millions in lost sales, the company announced that an agreement had been reached for Arthur T. Demoulas to buy the chain, putting him back in control of the century-old business. Company representatives say about 80 percent of operations have been restored.
Ebola is returning to regions of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone where it was thought to have been contained. Officials say people in contact with the sick have evaded surveillance, moving at will and hiding their illnesses until they infect others in turn.
Egypt suffered a massive power outage that halted parts of the Cairo subway, took TV stations off the air and ground much of the country to a halt for several hours Thursday, as officials offered no clear explanation for how the country suddenly lost 50 percent of its power generation.
Hurricane Norbert is churning in the Pacific well off the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Norbert was packing top sustained winds of 80 mph and is centered about 165 miles south of the Baja peninsula.
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.
Business and private beach owners who's properties were damaged by Superstorm Sandy are now facing the issue of either repairing sand dunes themselves or opening up beaches to the public to receive federal funding and assistance.
Several Midwestern states report tornadoes, strong winds and pingpong ball-sized hail as severe weather causes evacuations, highway closures and power outages. As the line of storms moved east, the National Weather Service noted hail nearly 2 inches in diameter near St. Louis and rain falling at a rate of nearly an inch per hour.
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.
Hurricane Cristobal was gradually gaining strength Tuesday as it headed over the Atlantic Ocean toward Bermuda after drenching parts of the Caribbean and causing at least five deaths. The storm was centered about 590 miles (950 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) as it approached the British island territory, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.
The cost of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident will amount to an estimated 11.08 trillion yen, almost double the government projection made at the end of 2011, a recent study by shows. The figure includes 4.91 trillion yen to pay compensation to affected residents and 2.48 trillion yen for radiation cleanup work.
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.
Data from users of Jawbone fitness products, wearable devices that track their user's daily activity and sleep habits, have provided data about how California residents who were near the epicenter of last weekends earthquakes were effected.
In the wake of recent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Continuity Insights New York Presenter Steven Crimando discusses the threat of collective violence, the challenges it poses from a business continuity prespective and steps to take in the event of a large crowd gathering.
A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.
Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks. The nearly 2-square-mile blaze in Madera County had destroyed eight structures and was threatening 500 others around Oakhurst, which is about 16 miles away from an entrance to Yosemite.
The death toll from the collapse of a six-story building under construction on the outskirts of Thailand's capital has risen to 14, as rescue teams ended their search Friday, four days after the cave-in. Police were investigating the cause of the collapse and have arrested four people, including the site engineer, who will face criminal charges.
Jacqueline Rupert, Managing Consultant for Avalution, spoke with Continuity Insights about down time and how it can damage more than just your company's finances. "Going down" can also have a serious impact on reputation and could even adversely effect your company legally.
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