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Inaccurate Predictions a Challenge When Preparing for Storms

January 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Forecasts for Winter Storm Juno missed the mark in New York and New Jersey, prompting an outcry against what many believe was a major overreaction.  Some forecasters predicted Juno would drop significant.  While this prediction proved to be true in much of New England, it brought only a few inches to New York and New Jersey.

Winter Storm Brings Different Experiences in New York, New England

January 29, 2015 11:08 am | by Seth Borenstein and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wild world of...

More Snow Could be Coming to New England

January 29, 2015 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Forecasters...

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...

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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.  

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.

Experts to Test Early Warning Trackers at Seahawks Game

January 9, 2015 8:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Earthquake trackers are adding instruments at CenturyLink Field in Seattle to record expected vibrations from jumping and stomping Seahawks fans.  Scientists are using the stadium monitors to look for problems they might encounter with a real earthquake. They're also testing technology that could provide an early warning of underground shaking.

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'Miscalculations' by City Officials Led to Shanghai Stampede

January 6, 2015 8:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

On New Year's Eve of 2013, Shanghai authorities sent about 6,000 city police officers and requested help from military police to manage a 300,000-strong crowd that filled the city's famed riverfront for the annual midnight light show.  Just as many revelers showed up to ring in 2015, but the venue was guarded by only 700 police officers with no traffic control, state media reported.

Indonesia Cracking Down on Aviation in Wake of AirAsia Crash

January 6, 2015 8:19 am | by Tatan Syuflana, Associated Press | News | Comments

Highlighting the depth of Indonesia's air safety problems, the transportation ministry announced harsh measures against everyone who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off without proper permits — including the suspension of the airport's operator and officials in the control tower.

Wildfire 'Out of Control' in Southern Australia

January 6, 2015 8:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than two dozen homes have been destroyed or badly damaged and almost 30 people have sought medical treatment as a result of a massive wildfire that has raged out of control for days across farms and woodland in southern Australia, officials said.

At Least 31 Dead After Storm Triggers Floods, Landslides

December 30, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Jangmi left at least 31 people dead and seven missing in the Philippines, including in areas still recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan, officials said.  Jangmi, packing winds of 40 miles per hour and gusts of 50 mph, dumped heavy rains on southern Mindanao Island, where floods destroyed bridges and highways, sending thousands of residents to evacuation centers.

Fire in Pakistan Kills at Least 13

December 30, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire in a shopping mall in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed at least 13 people, local media reported.  The fire broke out at the oldest shopping center in the eastern city, which is considered Pakistan's cultural center.  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his grief over the deadly blaze, and directed the government to accelerate the rescue and relief efforts.

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California Receives Funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

December 16, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California has received funding to help begin an earthquake warning system across the state next year.  Scientists have tried to make the public alert system available but funding has been a problem. But $5 million was allocated for the program in a major spending bill approved by Congress, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Residents to Receive Separate Storm Surge Alerts in 2015

December 11, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see new, separate warnings about storm surge in addition to those about winds, the National Hurricane Center said.  The separate storm-surge warnings will begin with the 2015 hurricane season and should provide emergency managers and the public with better information about tropical weather hazards.

Philippines Braces for Typhoon Hagupit

December 5, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Villagers in the central Philippines fled coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations as an approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year's deadly onslaught from Typhoon Haiyan.  Government forecasters said Typhoon Hagupit was packing sustained winds of 127 miles per hour and gusts of up to 149 mph over the Pacific.

Speaker's Soapbox: William Marotz of Schneider National, Inc.

November 25, 2014 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

William Marotz,  Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Coordinator for logistics company Schneider National, Inc., will give a presentation called "Orange Trucks and Wild Tornadoes - A Case Study."  His presentation will be a case study of an April, 2012 tornado that struck Schneider's operating center in Dallas, Texas focusing on the company's actions before and after the disaster.

Workers Killed in Chemical Leak Trapped for Hours Before Authorities Were Called

November 25, 2014 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four workers killed by poisonous gas during a recent chemical leak were trapped inside the Texas pesticide plant for an hour before anyone called 911, and no one told dispatchers what substances were inside.  The DuPont plant in La Porte typically housed as much as 250 tons of highly flammable methyl mercaptan.

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Warm Weather After Snow Storm Has Buffalo Worried About Flooding

November 25, 2014 8:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Families in Buffalo rushed to pack up their valuables and schools closed in advance — not of snow but possible flooding.  Temperatures hit nearly 60 degrees on Monday, causing area residents to prepare for evacuations caused by runoff from melting snow, and overflowing creeks.

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 meeting at Rabobank on Thursday, Nov. 20.  The event featured a presentation by Steve Crimando about crowd and mob behavior and violence and how they can have a negative effect on businesses.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Business Continuity Planning Goes Mobile

October 31, 2014 10:08 am | by Chris Britton | In Case of Crisis | Blogs | Comments

Chris Britton, General Manager of In Case of Crisis, discusses incoporating mobile technology into business continuity planning, communicating with employees through mobile devices and how those devices are changing the way people think about BC.

Planning for Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

October 28, 2014 10:50 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Goodyear | Articles | Comments

Mike Janko, Director of Global Business Continuity for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, discusses planning for infectious disease outbreaks and the importance of making your plans scalable.  He also discusses how outbreaks can effect your business regardless of where they occur.

Residents May Have to be Evacuated Due to Lava Flow

October 27, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say molten lava from a Hawaii volcano has been flowing steadily in an area where residents have been warned they might have to evacuate their homes.  Dozens of residents in the flow path have been told to complete all necessary preparations by Tuesday for a possible evacuation. The timeline could change, based on the flow rate.

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