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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff Hamilton, President and COO of Nexis Preparedness Systems, discusses the importance for being prepared for an emergency, including having proper supplies, creating an emergency plan, being aware of potential disasters and practicing for them.
Heavy rains brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm Trudy have caused mudslides and flooding in southern Mexico that left at least six people dead. states of emergency have been declared in 36 municipalities, and that 4,075 people were evacuated to shelters.
Hurricane Gonzalo barreled toward Bermuda as a powerful Category four storm Wednesday, threatening the tiny archipelago as residents were still repairing homes and clearing trees and power lines knocked down days earlier by a tropical storm.
Erika Voss, Business Continuity Manager at Microsoft, discusses communication with senior management and explains why it is important to be prepared when discussing emergency situations. She provides examples from her own career of events where she needed to interact with senior executives.
Dallas is a city on edge as public-health officials wait to see if any of the people who may have been exposed to Ebola develop symptoms of the deadly disease. Several residents of the neighborhood where a Liberian man emerged as the first U.S.-diagnosed Ebola case told city officials they had been sent home from work.
Social media has taken the world by storm, allowing mass communication over large distances in ways that just a few years ago would have been impossible. While outlets like Facebook and Twitter are commonly used for personal communication, they can be valuable tools for business continuity professionals.
Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula. Forecasters predicted a dangerous storm surge with large waves as well as drenching rains capable of causing landslides and flash floods.
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.
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.
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.
Suzanne Bernier, President of SB Crisis Consulting, discusses the value of using social media in crisis communications, including how social media can help get information to the necessary channels quickly and accurately and why it is important for crisis managers.
About 2,500 people were stranded early Monday after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California, while one person was found dead in a flooded creek. About 1,500 residents of Oak Glen, and another 1,000 residents of Forest Falls were unable to get out because of thick debris flows caused by flash floods. The stranded include 500 children and adults who had arrived at a Forest Falls campground Sunday morning.
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