Alaska's plan to stash stockpiles of emergency food in case the state is cut off from supplies by a disaster has hit a bump. Gov. Sean Parnell has promoted such emergency preparations as part of a larger push to improve disaster readiness across the state.
Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant, jellyfish-shaped balloons with the lofty goal of getting the entire planet online. Eighteen months in the works, the top-secret project was announced Saturday in New Zealand, where up to 50 volunteer households are already beginning to receive the Internet via translucent helium balloons that sail by on the wind 12 miles above Earth.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says federal relief money will help gasoline stations pay for electrical wiring to use generators that would keep gas flowing during power outages. The $17 million in federal aid is part of the state's relief package for Superstorm Sandy which hammered New York City and its suburbs including Long Island last fall.
Rentsys Recovery Services, a provider of comprehensive disaster recovery solutions for banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders and other organizations, announced it now provides more than 1,900 contracted locations with recovery services, with banking, financial and insurance providers making up the largest percentage.
A CSX freight train crashed into a trash truck, derailed and caught fire Tuesday in a Baltimore suburb, setting off an explosion that rattled homes at least a half-mile away and sent a plume of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.
Power has been restored to a San Diego Airport terminal, after an outage caused minor flight delays and forced security workers to hand-screen luggage and passengers. San Diego Airport Authority spokeswoman Cheryl Brown says the electricity was back on in Terminal 1 just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
President Barack Obama eliminated money for the center and eight similar programs overseen by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in his budget plan. It's unclear what Congress will do, but the centers have been previously threatened with budget cuts and saw the money restored.
“Our thoughts and hearts go to the people of Oklahoma and we hope that help will reach those in need soon,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told participants at the opening of the 4th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is on the theme: “Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow.”
People who wish to make a donation can support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas as well as disasters big and small throughout the United States. You can donate today by visiting www.redcross.org.
The Boston police commissioner says three city police officers were working with the U.S. terrorism task force but didn't know about vague warnings by Russia's government about one of the bombing suspects delivered nearly two years before the attacks.
Continuity Insights sat down with Bob Boyd, president and CEO of Agility Recovery Solutions, a former division of General Electric (GE), to find out more about what he enjoys most about the BC/DR field, how his company operates, the biggest challenge Agility has faced, and what he sees for the future of disaster preparedness.
More than a dozen sculptures that will be used to call attention to evacuation points around New Orleans are arriving in the city. The statues are simple larger-than-life stick figures that appear as though they are poised to hail a bus.
The urgent and sometimes garbled appeals that flickered across Boston's emergency services radio bands gave full voice to the split-second and pressurized decisions that the city's police and fire uniformed and supervisory officials made under the extreme duress of a long, hard day.
The bombs that blew up seconds apart at the finish line of one of the world's most storied races left the streets spattered with blood and glass, and three dead. Federal investigators said no one had claimed responsibility for the bombings on one of the city's most famous civic holidays, Patriots Day. But the blasts among the throngs of spectators raised fears of a terrorist attack.
New York's tentative state budget provides funding for a stockpile of emergency generators so gasoline stations can keep pumping and avoid the shortages and long lines that plagued many downstate areas in the days after Superstorm Sandy.
Industry leaders say the effort will add another layer of defense in case a Fukushima-style disaster destroys a nuclear plant's multiple backup systems. The tsunami exceeded the worst-case scenario the plant was designed to withstand, and it showed how a widespread disaster that damages a nuclear plant can complicate emergency plans.
I recently developed a personal winter weather plan for situations where a blizzard or winter storm results in a power outage. It’s been an interesting experience applying some of the same business continuity concepts I read and write about here at Continuity Insights to my personal life, such as identifying critical systems (heating, cooking) and implementing backup systems.
Before 9/11 hospitals lacked structured disaster plans and were inadequately prepared to properly respond to large-scale events. They were unable to both handle the surge of patients after a mass casualty event and continue operations after losing powe. In 2005, the catastrophic events of Hurricane Katrina exposed hospital’s insufficient preparations for coordinating with outside agencies.
Lawmaker Masoud Pezeshkian said that when a 6.4 quake causes "such a big loss, the main problem is mismanagement."
Virginians who want to stock up on batteries, bottled water and other supplies for the hurricane season will get a tax break this month.
When deadly twisters chewed through the South and Midwest in 2011, thousands of people in the killers' paths had nowhere to hide. Now many of those families are taking an unusual extra step to be ready next time: adding tornado shelters to their homes.
Survivors still haunted by memories of last year's tornado outbreak that killed 250 in Alabama are writing checks, donating diapers and standing over hot grills to help victims of the latest twisters to pummel the state.
December’s podcast will focus on how business continuity professionals can prepare and plan for pandemics. Two Continuity Insights editorial advisory board members with extensive experience in public health will discuss the lessons learned and best practices from recent pandemics, as well as answer readers' questions.
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The Emergency Blackout Survival Kit is packed using a waterproof bag and includes a Dynamo four-in-one flashlight, two hand/body warmers ...