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Report: FLASH Survey Highlights Ignorance of Hurricane Facts

April 15, 2014 11:39 am | by FLASH | News | Comments

A national Harris Interactive Survey commissioned by the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® has revealed some frightening perceptions regarding hurricane evacuation.  The survey found that a vast majority of Americans, 84 percent, mistakenly base their life or death evacuation decisions on the hurricane category and/or wind speed. 

Video: Holder Urges Approval of $15M for Shooter Training

April 15, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In a video message posted on the Justice Department website Tuesday, the attorney general says...

Death Toll in Ebola Outbreak Rises to 121

April 15, 2014 11:09 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people,...

Five Observations From The CI Crisis Communications Survey

April 15, 2014 9:03 am | by Brian Gray | Blogs | Comments

Continuity Insights began reporting on the use of social media for emergency management in 2012...

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Utilities Appeal Millions In Fines For Storms

April 8, 2014 11:36 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Power companies urged the state's highest court Monday to overturn nearly $25 million in penalties imposed by Massachusetts regulators after a pair of 2011 storms, both of which left hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark — some for over a week.

Many Still Wary Of Water Months After Spill

April 8, 2014 11:17 am | by SARAH PLUMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ever since chemicals spilled into the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginia residents in January, Charleston resident Scott McMillion and his family have used their public supply for just one task: flushing their toilet.      

Army: Fort Hood Suspect Had Requested Leave

April 8, 2014 11:12 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Army investigators on Monday released a more detailed timeline of last week's fatal shooting at Fort Hood, describing an eight-minute rampage in which the suspect fired 35 shots over an area spanning the equivalent of two city blocks.   

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Some Services Restored After Quake In Chile

April 8, 2014 10:58 am | by LUIS ANDRES HENAO & LUIS HIDALGO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chilean officials said Friday that water, fuel, electricity and other essential services were being re-established, three days after a powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake. The government also issued a three-month health alert for the quake-hit regions.   

H2O: Lessons From The Elk River Spill

April 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

After a chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River disrupted “business as usual,” Continuity Insights spoke with Larry McDonnell II,  Mike Jennings, and C.W. Sigman, who shared their first-hand accounts of the aftermath, insights into what went right (and what went wrong) along the way, and analysis of how businesses can better prepare for unexpected interruptions.

Active Shooter Situation At Fort Hood

April 2, 2014 6:44 pm | News | Comments

The Bell's County Sheriff's Office dispatched deputies and troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the nearby post after receiving reports of an "active shooter," sheriff's Lt. Donnie Adams said. FBI spokeswoman Michelle Lee said its agents were also headed to the scene.                                    

U.S. Lawmakers Discuss LAX Shooting

April 1, 2014 10:45 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. lawmakers pressed airport and security officials Friday about problems responding to the Los Angeles International Airport shooting last year and said the incident illuminated similar gaps that needed to be addressed at airports across the nation.    

7.5 Quake On CA Fault Could Be Disastrous

April 1, 2014 10:02 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault.                   

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No National System To Track Landslide Hazards

April 1, 2014 9:54 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA & PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn't even know the hillside could give way at any time.  

Global Warming Dials Up Our Risks, UN Report Says

April 1, 2014 9:47 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control," the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday. And he's not alone.          

Victimized Twice By Sandy, NJ Bar Closes Again

April 1, 2014 9:28 am | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A business that once was a symbol of hope and recovery has now become a symbol of despair, illustrative of the hard time many New Jersey and New York residents and business are still having in getting back to normal a year and a half after Sandy.

5 Key #SMEM Lessons

March 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Brian Gray | Blogs | Comments

At the International Crisis & Risk Communication Conference, I delivered a presentation on the use of social media for crisis communications. The release of the Continuity Insights survey Crisis Communications 2014: Social Media & Notification Systems is an opportunity to revisit this topic.

UN: 2013 Extreme Events Due To Warming Earth

March 25, 2014 9:17 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the UN weather agency said Monday that recent extreme weather patterns are "consistent" with human-induced climate change, citing key events that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe, the U.S. and Pacific region last year.   

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Cooperation After Marathon Bombings Is Praised

March 25, 2014 9:11 am | by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

In the moments after two bombs exploded near the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, no one dared call it a terrorist attack. But after it became clear that these were not manhole cover explosions, "the word hung heavy in the air."     

Chileans Worry Over String Of 300 Quakes In North

March 25, 2014 9:07 am | by LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 300 earthquakes have shaken Chile's far-northern coast in the past week, keeping people on edge as scientists say there is no way to tell if the unusual string of tremors is a harbinger of an impending disaster.       

Crisis Communications 2014: Social Media & Notification Systems

March 24, 2014 3:28 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Continuity Insights Crisis Communications: Social Media & Notification Systems survey has collected three years of data, providing unique insight into recent trends and notable changes in the ways that organizations use social media and notification systems to communicate both internally and externally. Click here to read the full report. 

Harsh Reactions To Lapses During LAX Attack

March 19, 2014 12:32 pm | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles International Airport is inexcusably lacking in its capacity to deal with a crisis, local and national government officials said, calling the communication lapses described in a report on last year's deadly airport shooting everything from a "failure" to an "embarrassment."   

Obama Unleashing Power Of Data On Climate Change

March 19, 2014 12:27 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. Officials figure the more you know about climate change, the more likely you are to do something.         

Arrow Electronics To Offer nScaled Disaster Recovery-As-A-Service

March 19, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

nScaled has entered into an integration and distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics Inc. The agreement allows Arrow’s enterprise computing solutions segment to market, sell and support nScaled’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution.  

Counting The Costs & Benefits For Business Continuity From The Perspective Of A Veteran Deployment Housing Warrior

March 18, 2014 10:17 am | by Michelle Lowther, Continuity Housing | Blogs | Comments

Who knew it could cost $1,000 per person per day just to house critical personnel near their backup site in the event of a Category 2 hurricane? But that’s exactly what happened to one of the largest banks in the U.S. when they had to deploy their Gulf Coast personnel. 

Putting Twitter To The Test

March 12, 2014 3:33 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Blogs | Comments

We often think of drills as face-to-face exercises, but forecasters’ recent use of Twitter for a ‘tornado drill’ demonstrates that drills have equal importance in the virtual realm — and even in social media.                                 

Forecasters Run Social Media 'Tornado Drill'

March 12, 2014 9:28 am | by KRISTI EATON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Weather Service office in Norman, Okla. has for years been at the forefront of using social media in disseminating weather-related information. But they are trying a new approach in an attempt to find new and better ways to reach people, holding an online "tornado drill." 

Why Severe Weather Made Little Mark On U.S. Hiring

March 10, 2014 1:56 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Last month's harsh winter weather cut across the U.S. economy, closing factories, canceling flights and keeping shoppers home. So why didn't the weather put job growth in a deep freeze?                                            

1,402 Business Failures Related To March 2011 Disaster

March 10, 2014 10:59 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

1,402 corporate bankruptcies have been triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. The number is 4.5 times more than the 314 bankruptcies caused over three years by the January 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.

Crisis Communications 2014: Social Media & Notification Systems

March 6, 2014 5:58 pm | Events | Comments

Join us as we review and discuss the findings from our 2014 Crisis Communications Survey. Continuity Insights surveyed 270 organizations to determine how social media platforms are being used, the functionality of notification systems and mobile technologies, and the content of associated crisis communications plans. 

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