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Egypt Sees Sandstorm and Earthquake on the Same Day

June 30, 2015 11:33 am | by Merrit Kennedy | News | Comments

 Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo.  At its peak, the sandstorm covered the capital in a thick orange cloud, dramatically reducing visibility.

Thousands of Indonesians Refuse to Leave Volcano Danger Zone

June 17, 2015 3:37 pm | by Binsar Bakkara and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Thousands of villagers are refusing to leave their homes on the slopes of one of Indonesia's...

Texas Communities Brace for Another Round of Heavy Rainfall

June 17, 2015 3:13 pm | by David Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

The eastern half of Texas prepared for renewed flooding as Tropical Storm Bill made landfall...

Disaster Planning a Continuing Focus for BC Pros

June 16, 2015 11:25 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Recent disasters, like the earthquakes in Nepal and floods in Texas and Oklahoma, have once...

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Oil Spill Shows Value of Continuity Planning

June 11, 2015 10:40 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to about 1,200 pages of records, provided by Texas-Based Plains All-American Pipeline, the recent pipeline breach in California was unlikely to happen and any issues could be detected by its systems, which may not have worked properly in the hours leading to the spill.  All of this shows how important business continuity, resilience and effective planning are.

Talking the Talk with Emergency Preparedness

June 9, 2015 11:30 am | by John Linstrom, Community Engagement Manager, AtHoc, Inc. | Articles | Comments

John Linstrom, Community Engagement Manager, AtHoc, Inc., discusses the importance of effective disaster planning and how it can prevent damage and loss of life.  He talks about some of the best practices for planning, including communication and executive support.

Social Media Plays Critical Role in Reporting, Responding to and Humanizing Disasters

June 2, 2015 11:50 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Social media has changed, and is continuing to change, the way organizations and individuals understand, respond to and recover from disasters.  Now more than ever, the world can see the impact of events like the Texas floods as the happen through the eyes of those most affected by them.

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Sun Returns to Texas, Revealing Flood Damage Across State

June 1, 2015 4:08 pm | by Allen Reed and David Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Parts of the state were finally beginning to recover Sunday from weeks of rain and flooding that have made Texas a place of extremes: severe drought conditions earlier in the year that have given way to unprecedented rainfall in some areas. At least 31 people have been killed in storms that began in Texas and Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend.

Punishing Storms in Texas Test Government Emergency Response

May 27, 2015 4:21 pm | by Paul Weber and Juan Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews resumed searching for the 11 people who went missing in the small tourist town of Wimberley, where the usually calm Blanco River surged rapidly and crested at three times its flood stage. At least 17 people were killed in the Memorial Day weekend storms in Texas and Oklahoma.

Severe Storms a Reminder of the Danger of Catastrophic Weather

May 26, 2015 10:56 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Severe storms and flash flooding in Texas and Oklahoma have left eight dead and others missing.  Tornadoes that struck just across the border in Mexico have added to the chaos as the impact of record rainfall is still being felt.  These latest storms are a reminder of just how damaging weather events can be and how difficult to plan for they are.

VOLO Thundercall Weather Warning Helps AnMed Healthcare

May 26, 2015 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

As part of their active business continuity efforts AnMed Healthcare Systems, a premier provider of healthcare services with over 60 locations on the East coast of the United States subscribes to the Volo Recovery System including Volo’s ThunderCall Weather Warning service.

12 Missing After Flooding in Texas Sweeps Away Vacation Home

May 26, 2015 10:33 am | by Seth Robbins and Paul Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recovery teams were resuming the search  for 12 members of two families who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.  The hunt for the missing picked up after a holiday weekend of terrible storms that dumped record rainfall on the Plains and Midwest.

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Man Diagnosed with Lassa Fever Dies in US After Liberia Trip

May 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A New Jersey man died after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said.  The man recently returned from Liberia, arriving at New York City's JFK International Airport.

California Looks to Australia for Tips on Surviving Drought

May 26, 2015 10:08 am | by Kristen Gelineau and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.  Australia's drought response was hardly perfect, and some of its gains might be slipping away, but Americans suffering their own "Big Dry" may benefit from some comparisons.

Nine Oil Well Deaths Lead to Warning About Inhaling Chemicals

May 19, 2015 9:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years.  All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death.

Thousands Spend Night Outdoors as Death Toll Rises in Nepal

May 14, 2015 10:49 am | by Binaj Gurubacharya and Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of fear-stricken people spent the night outdoors after a new earthquake killed dozens of people and spread more misery in Nepal, which is still reeling from a devastating quake that killed more than 8,000 nearly three weeks ago.

Fire Guts Slipper Factory in Philippines, Dozens Feared Dead

May 14, 2015 10:26 am | by Oliver Teves, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire gutted a rubber slipper factory in a suburb of the Philippine capital Wednesday, possibly killing dozens of workers who ran to the second floor in hopes of escaping only to become trapped by the smoky inferno, officials said.  At least three bodies have been recovered and fire officials found no survivors after the fire was put under control.

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Amtrak Train Derails, Killing seven People; Investigation Begins

May 13, 2015 8:45 am | by Jeff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Daylight on Wednesday revealed the destruction and devastation caused by an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that left at least six people dead and injured dozens more, several critically, as survivors recalled a terrifying wreck that plunged them into darkness and chaos.

The Nepal Quakes, The Recovery Process and the Human Side of Resilience

May 12, 2015 10:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Less than one month after a massive earthquake killed more than 8.150 and flattened buildings in Nepal, the small South Asian nation has been struck again.  Another earthquake, this time a magnitude 7.3 quake, hit north of the country’s capital of Kathmandu.  Early reports put the death toll at 37 with at least 1,117 injured.  

Another Major Earthquake Shakes Nepal, Killing at Least 37

May 12, 2015 10:23 am | by Binaj Gurubacharya and Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A major earthquake hit a remote mountain region of Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 37 people while triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.  

Typhoon Leaves Two Dead in Philippines; 3,500 Evacuated

May 12, 2015 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A powerful typhoon that slammed into the northeastern tip of the Philippines left at least two people dead and prompted nearly 3,500 residents to flee to shelters following warnings to evacuate coastal and mountainous villages.  Typhoon Noul has weakened since making landfall in Cagayan province's coastal town of Santa Ana.

Texas Attack Highlights Potential for Terrorist Action

May 7, 2015 11:35 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is claiming responsibility for an attack in Garland, Texas in which two gunmen opened fire on an event where attendees were asked to draw the prophet Muhammad.  Attacks like this should be a point of focus for business continuity professionals.

California Regulators Approve Unprecedented Water Cutbacks

May 6, 2015 2:10 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

 California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation.  Although the rules are called mandatory, it's still unclear what punishment the state water board and local agencies will impose for those that don't meet the targets.

Oil train derailment prompts evacuation in North Dakota town

May 6, 2015 1:57 pm | by Blake Nicholson and Matt Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil train derailed and caught fire in a rural area of central North Dakota, prompting the evacuation of a nearby town where about three dozen people live.  Firefighters from four area communities responded to the fire, and regional hazardous materials teams from Grand Forks and Devils Lake were sent to the scene.

Keeping an NFL Stadium Secure: ACP Visits Home of Giants, Jets

May 5, 2015 11:33 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

On Friday, May 1, members of the Association of Contingency Planners’ Garden State Chapter were given an opportunity to tour MetLife Stadium, home of both the New York Giants and New York Jets, and learn about the ins and outs of how its security team manages the daunting task of keeping tens of thousands safe.

Troubled Forecasters Seek Way to Improve Tornado Warnings

May 5, 2015 10:53 am | by Kelly Kissel, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Forecasters troubled by the high death count from twisters in Alabama and Joplin, Missouri, four years ago say they must put away their "nerd-speak" and find better ways to communicate if the public is going to react appropriately when bad weather approaches.

Baltimore Calm Wednesday, Protests Begin in Other Cities

April 30, 2015 12:18 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Baltimore saw another night of relative calm on Wednesday, with peaceful protesters demonstrating before dispersing during the imposed 10 p.m. curfew.  However, protests took place in other cities across the country.  The protests revolve around the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

Expats Try Phones, Social Apps to Connect to Quake-Hit Nepal

April 27, 2015 2:08 pm | by Foster Klug, Associated Press | News | Comments

Power outages and communications problems have made life agonizing for the nearly 6 million Nepalese who live abroad — or about 22 percent of the population.  The earthquake Saturday hit the capital, Kathmandu, but also small villages and the slopes of Mount Everest, where an avalanche buried part of a base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to try for the summit.

Deaths Rise, Aid Flown in After Nepal Quake: Things to Know

April 27, 2015 1:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll climbed above 3,700 on Monday, two days after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal and surrounding regions.  How much higher the death toll would rise depends on the state of remote Himalayan villages that rescue workers were still trying to reach. Many of the roads are believed to be cut off by landslides, making it likely that some of these communities can only be reached by helicopter.

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