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Lowther Addresses Guaranteed Housing During Disasters

October 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Michelle Lowther, Principal in Continuity Housing, discussed securing hotel rooms for critical personnel during disasters at an Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) meeting at the Metropolitan College of New York on Thursday, Oct. 16.  

Doctors in Guinea Come Out Of Retirement to Fight Ebola

October 17, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Guinea's president issued a call for retired doctors to return to work to help the impoverished...

Despite Negative Effects, Businesses can Capitalize on Winter Weather

October 17, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After last year's...

Category 4 Storm Gonzalo Approaching Bermuda

October 15, 2014 4:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Gonzalo...

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Nurse at Texas Hospital Contracts Ebola

October 14, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Health officials are intensifying the monitoring of hospital workers who provided care to the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. after one of them was infected with the virus despite wearing protective gear.  Tests confirmed the first known case of Ebola transmitted in the nation.

Car Bomb Kills 15 in Baghdad

October 3, 2014 4:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A car bomb near pet and vegetable markets in Baghdad killed 15 people and wounded another 40, Iraqi security and medical officials said.  Several cars were damaged in the attack. Hours earlier, a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint on a highway just south of Baghdad, killing four civilians and three policemen.

Safe America Foundation Announces 2014 WorldSafe Award Winners

October 3, 2014 10:12 am | by Editor | Safe America Foundation | Blogs | Comments

The 2014 Safe America WorldSafe Award recipients have been selected.  The Safe America Foundation announced that the winners will be presented their recognition on Saturday, November 8 at a gala dinner at the new Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta.  Among those selected this year are a number of individuals, firms, government agencies and NGOs.

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As Kashmir Floods Subside, Locals Still Furious with Indian Government

October 2, 2014 2:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flooding in Kashmir in early September killed 281 people, destroyed at least 100,000 homes and caused an estimated $17 billion in damage.  Kashmiris' fury over what they view as a woefully inadequate government response is reviving calls for independence, tapping decades of animosity that fueled a 25-year separatist battle and an Indian military crackdown that left tens of thousands dead in the mostly Muslim region.

With Ebola Still Rampant, No Place to Go for Africa's Sick

September 30, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Six months after West Africa's first Ebola outbreak emerged, generous offers of aid are finally pouring in, but beds for the sick are filling up as fast as clinics can be built.  Often there is nowhere to take the sick except to so-called "holding centers" where they await a bed at an Ebola treatment facility.

Red Cross, Italian Military Participate in Ebola Evacuation Drills

September 26, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian authorities and medical experts insist that the risk of Ebola spreading from Africa to Europe is small, given that the virus only spreads by direct contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids. While the risk of the disease coming to Europe is low, the EU must improve coordination and prevention measures to better diagnose, transport and treat suspected cases.

Crowded Shelters, Lack of Equipment Compounding Problems in Kashmir

September 19, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of Kashmir said Wednesday that they were seeing outbreaks of gastroenteritis among people crowded into shelters after their homes were inundated two weeks ago.  Patients were also dying due to a lack of basic medical equipment.

Safe America Foundation Announces Programs, Hosts Speakers at Strategy Session

September 2, 2014 9:52 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | News | Comments

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.   

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Tekmira Stock Sees Wild Swings Amid Ebola Outbreak

August 12, 2014 1:44 pm | by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Jason Kolbert, a biotechnology analyst at Maxim Group in New York, said investors are "freaking out" because a Spanish priest, who was reportedly treated with another Ebola drug called ZMapp, died on Tuesday in Madrid after being transported by air from Liberia.

Rain, Aftershock, Lack of Communication Hindering Quake Rescue Efforts

August 5, 2014 9:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday as they dug through homes shattered by an earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.

Risk Management Integration Key Topic at Inaugural Bay Area Emergency Managers Conference

August 5, 2014 8:55 am | by By Erica Agiewich | Articles | Comments

More than 100 emergency managers and business continuity professionals gathered on Aug. 1 at Genentech for the Inaugural Bay Area Emergency Managers (BAEM) conference.  The conference focused on integrating all aspects of risk management for more effective emergency response.

Video: All Recoveries are Not Equal:Print and Mail Operations Often Require Additional Consideration

June 23, 2014 9:18 am | Videos | Comments

Chris Durfee, Director of Sales and Marketing for MailGard, discusses why some items, like print and mail operations, sometimes require extra consideration during recovery and why not all recovery projects are created equal.      

Louisiana 1927: The Great Mississippi River Flood

May 6, 2014 10:22 am | Videos | Comments

At last week's Continuity Insights Management Conference in New Orleans, during one of the general sessions, we featured a video which was originally produced and aired for our 2007 conference, two years after Hurricane Katrina.  At the request of many attendees, they have asked that we post this video for additional viewing.

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ARAG Offers Free Disaster Prep Advice Amid Tornado Outbreak

April 29, 2014 12:57 pm | by ARAG | News | Comments

More than 75 million Americans are under the threat of severe weather today – that's about a third of the country – according to the National Weather Service. From the Great Lakes to the Deep South and from the Midwest to the East Coast, Americans have been warned to stay alert. ARAG...

Storms Tear Through South, Adding to US Death Toll

April 29, 2014 12:42 pm | by Adrian Sainz, Jeff Amy Associated Press | News | Comments

A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday. As the storm hopscotched across a large swath of the U.S...

Death Toll in Ebola Outbreak Rises to 121

April 15, 2014 11:09 am | by Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count. There is no vaccine and no cure for the deadly virus, and its appearance in West Africa, far from its usual sites in Central and East Africa, has caused some panic.

Many Still Wary Of Water Months After Spill

April 8, 2014 11:17 am | by SARAH PLUMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ever since chemicals spilled into the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginia residents in January, Charleston resident Scott McMillion and his family have used their public supply for just one task: flushing their toilet.      

H2O: Lessons From The Elk River Spill

April 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

After a chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River disrupted “business as usual,” Continuity Insights spoke with Larry McDonnell II,  Mike Jennings, and C.W. Sigman, who shared their first-hand accounts of the aftermath, insights into what went right (and what went wrong) along the way, and analysis of how businesses can better prepare for unexpected interruptions.

Harsh Reactions To Lapses During LAX Attack

March 19, 2014 12:32 pm | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles International Airport is inexcusably lacking in its capacity to deal with a crisis, local and national government officials said, calling the communication lapses described in a report on last year's deadly airport shooting everything from a "failure" to an "embarrassment."   

Arrow Electronics To Offer nScaled Disaster Recovery-As-A-Service

March 19, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

nScaled has entered into an integration and distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics Inc. The agreement allows Arrow’s enterprise computing solutions segment to market, sell and support nScaled’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution.  

Counting The Costs & Benefits For Business Continuity From The Perspective Of A Veteran Deployment Housing Warrior

March 18, 2014 10:17 am | by Michelle Lowther, Continuity Housing | Blogs | Comments

Who knew it could cost $1,000 per person per day just to house critical personnel near their backup site in the event of a Category 2 hurricane? But that’s exactly what happened to one of the largest banks in the U.S. when they had to deploy their Gulf Coast personnel. 

Evacuation Orders Lifted After California Storm

March 4, 2014 10:40 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The storm, the largest since 2010, kept emergency planners and rescue crews busy, but it didn't produce enough rain to pull California out of a crippling drought that has grown to crisis proportions for the state's vast farming industry.     

The 2014 Atlanta Snow Jam: A Practitioner’s Perspective

March 4, 2014 9:42 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 2.6 inches of snow caused an unprecedented traffic jam in Atlanta, GA. While the ideal situation would have been for the disarray to be avoided altogether, there are some unique lessons that can be gleaned by examining how the day unfolded. Chris Summerrow, CBCP and Director of Business Continuity Management, Corporate Security at UPS, works in Atlanta and witnessed the day’s events first-hand. 

Atlanta Prepares For Snow, Freezing Rain

February 11, 2014 10:51 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Forecasters say that Atlanta, and much of Georgia, should expect a major ice storm. In preparation for the storm, residents have already stripped store shelves bare. ABC News reports on the latest.                                                                                      

One Day After Storm, Atlanta Highways Still Gridlock

January 29, 2014 11:25 am | by RAY HENRY & RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says "a lot of people" are still stranded in their cars on the highways nearly 24 hours after a winter storm slammed the city, but he is not sure of exactly how many people. Reed said the focus will be on getting food, water and gas to people still on the highways. 

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