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Winter Storms, Working from Home and the BC of CI

January 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technology has made working from home commonplace and allowed organizations to stay efficient and avoid downtime, particularly during weather events.  The benefits of being able to work without being in the office are clear and are a simple way to show the benefits of business continuity to senior management.

World Health Organization Eyes Reform After Slow Ebola Response

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after...

Diesel Fuel Spill Leaves 12,000 Without Drinking Water

January 26, 2015 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A diesel fuel spill has...

Armed Man Kills Co-Worker, Turns Gun on Himself

January 26, 2015 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An employee at a...

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A Year After Explosion, Biofuel Plant Could Reopen Soon

January 26, 2015 10:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen.  The explosion and fire on Jan. 22, 2013, all but leveled the plant, which converted chicken fat into biodiesel. Nobody was hurt.  The estimated damage to property and contents was $3.5 million.

Be Prepared for Outbreaks of All Sizes

January 22, 2015 10:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those fighting Ebola need to stay on their toes and continue to battle the virus until the outbreak is over, just as business continuity professionals must do with any crisis. Most business continuity professionals have not and will not ever be directly affected by Ebola, but it is a good lens through which to examine their programs.

Measles Outbreak at Disneyland Infects 70

January 22, 2015 10:39 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Seventy people have been infected in a measles outbreak that led California public health officials to urge those who haven't been vaccinated against the disease, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disney parks where the spread originated. 

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Reputation Management Critical for Organizations

January 21, 2015 4:21 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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.      

Ebola Fight Not Over Yet, U.N. Mission Chief Cautions

January 21, 2015 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Close to 1,000 new cases of Ebola were recorded in the last three weeks despite progress in combatting the deadly disease and "the fight is far from won," the U.N. mIssion chief in West Africa said.  Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the U.N. General Assembly that "Ebola continues to be a global threat."

Cancer-Causing Agent Found in Water Samples from Montana Town

January 21, 2015 4:09 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill.  Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the agricultural community of Glendive, near North Dakota.

Top Officials Fired after New Year's Eve Stampede that Killed 36 in China

January 21, 2015 4:05 pm | by Ian Mader and Paul Traynor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shanghai announced it fired four top officials and disciplined seven others over a New Year's Eve stampede that killed 36 people, saying some of the officials were attending an opulent banquet as the disaster unfolded.  An investigation report blamed top government, police and Communist Party officials in Shanghai's Huangpu District for insufficient precautions at the scene and for not responding fast enough to the disaster

Dunes May Have Prevented Severe Damage from Sandy

January 21, 2015 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey studied the state's beaches just before and after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. It found beaches with higher, wider dunes protected better against the storm than beaches without them.

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Drinking Water Shipped in After Traces of Oil Detected in Public Supply

January 20, 2015 11:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk.

Trust in Media, Business Falls After Turbulent 2014

January 20, 2015 11:24 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Trust in institutions has fallen to levels not seen since the financial crisis, after a year that produced the twin Malaysia Airlines disasters and the conflict in Ukraine, a global survey found.  Public relations firm Edelman found that general level of trust in institutions — among college-educated people around the globe — at levels not seen since 2009 in many of the markets it surveyed.

About 100 Homes Underwater Due to Heavy Rain in Sarajevo

January 20, 2015 11:14 am | by Aida Cerkez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy overnight rainfall has caused rivers to rise in the Sarajevo area on Monday and flood homes in the suburbs for the fifth time in the past 20 months.  In central Bosnia, the river Bosna is reaching a critical level and rain has caused at least three landslides. Several roads were closed.  Rain is expected to continue to fall for the rest of the week.

Two Workers Die in Accidents at Fukushima Plant

January 20, 2015 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Two workers died in separate accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and the nearby Daini complex, despite Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s continued pledge to improve working conditions at the site of the catastrophic nuclear disaster.

At Least 14 Dead After Tropical Storm in Madagascar

January 20, 2015 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 14 people were killed when the island nation of Madagascar was battered by a tropical storm, officials said.  Tropical storm Chedza has displaced more than 36,000 Madagascans, said the National Office of Risk and Catastrophe Management. Most of the deaths were a result of landslides caused by heavy rain and building collapses as strong winds tore roofs from houses.

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FEMA's PrepareAthon Discussed at ACP Meeting

January 16, 2015 11:18 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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.  

Some of Obama's Cyber Threat Plans are Similar to Previous Legislation

January 16, 2015 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President, Obama laid out his plans this week as part of a push for new cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats.  Yet the president's proposals are similar to congressional legislation that has been languishing on Capitol Hill, in part over privacy concerns. 

Koroma Predicts Sierra Leone Will be 'Ebola Free' by May

January 16, 2015 10:41 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as his country registered 19 new Ebola cases over a 24-hour period, Sierra Leone's president is predicting there will be zero new confirmed cases by the end of March.  President Ernest Bai Koroma also predicted that his West African country  would be Ebola-free by World Health Organization standards by May. 

Indian Authorities Crack Down on Illegal Liquor

January 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in a north Indian state suspended 23 officials in a crackdown on illegal liquor sales, as the death toll among villagers who drank from a bad batch of cheap alcohol climbed to 38.  Hospitals were still treating more than 100 people poisoned by homemade alcohol bought  from a village shop in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state.

Employees at Pesticide Plant May Have Been Exposed to Dangerous Fumes

January 16, 2015 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years.  As much as 600 parts per million of the gas an hour could have filled a poorly ventilated room, but federal guidelines say workers shouldn't be exposed to more than an average of 10 ppm per day of the gas.

Flooding in Mozambique Kills 10, Displaces 20,000

January 16, 2015 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

eavy flooding in Mozambique has killed 10 people and displaced nearly 20,000 more, the government disaster management office said.  Mozambique's government Monday issued a red alert for disaster readiness for the central and northern provinces. The government also urged people in low-lying areas to find shelter on higher ground.

'CyberCaliphate' Hacks Military Twitter and YouTube Accounts

January 13, 2015 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hackers supporting Islamic militants took over the Twitter and YouTube accounts of a major U.S. military command, in what the Pentagon called an annoying prank that did not breach military networks or access classified data.  The hacker group, calling itself CyberCaliphate, was already under FBI investigation for incursions into the Twitter feeds or websites of media outlets.

Both Black Boxes Recovered from Doomed AirAsia Flight

January 13, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Divers retrieved one black box and located the other from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago, key developments that should help investigators unravel what caused the aircraft to plummet into the Java Sea.  The flight data recorder was pulled from beneath a piece of the aircraft's wing and brought to the sea's surface, and the cockpit voice recorder was found hours later.

In Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attack, Don't Forget about Workplace Violence

January 9, 2015 11:21 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Workplace violence is a very real issue and something BC professionals should be aware of.  It will likely never be as extreme as the Charlie Hebdo attack and it may not be an act of international terrorism, but the possibility of an act of violence must be considered.

Accusing North Korea of Sony Hack Could Backfire on U.S. Government

January 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration's extraordinary decision to point fingers at North Korea over the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. could lead to a courtroom spectacle in the event charges are ultimately filed against someone without ties to the isolated country, such as a disgruntled employee or an unrelated hacker.

Extreme Cold Hammers Most of the United States

January 9, 2015 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Shell to pay $83.5 Million to Nigerian Community Damaged by Oil Spill

January 9, 2015 9:06 am | by Michelle Faul, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay a Nigerian fishing community $83.5 million for the worst oil spill in Nigeria, an unprecedented settlement that experts say could open a floodgate of litigation there and abroad.  Shell also has agreed to a long-overdue cleanup, but a U.N. report has said it could take 30 years to properly restore the ruined mangrove swamps. 

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