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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.   

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...

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...

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...

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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.

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...

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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."   

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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.                                                                                      

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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. 

Rentsys Recovery Services Experiences Significant Growth

January 27, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

“We are pleased to have grown our business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, as well as launching exciting new offerings for our customers,” said Walt Thomasson, managing director of Rentsys Recovery Services.      

Global Disasters Killed More, Cost Less In 2013

January 7, 2014 9:23 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The German insurance company Munich Re says some 20,000 people died in natural disasters last year, about twice as many as in 2012. Most of the deaths resulted from Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines, Vietnam and China in November. 

Mormon-Centric Utah: Epicenter For Food Storage

December 24, 2013 9:34 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Storing away enough food and water in case of disaster, job loss or something worse is not just part of the fundamental teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it's an idea that is increasingly catching on nationwide. A large majority of food storage companies that do Internet sales are based in the state.

Alaska Renews Push To Amass Emergency Food Stocks

December 9, 2013 1:33 pm | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alaska is renewing an effort to secure a massive stockpile of emergency food supplies to be ready in case a major disaster cuts the state off from supply lines. Gov. Sean Parnell has promoted emergency preparations as part of a larger push to improve disaster readiness across Alaska.

Typhoon Ruined Traditional, High-Tech Livelihoods

November 26, 2013 9:37 am | by TERESA CEROJANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

As Typhoon Haiyan tore across the eastern Philippines, coconut plantations older than the fathers of the men who tend them were smashed like matchsticks and call centers that field customer service gripes from around the world fell silent. The storm that killed thousands also wrecked livelihoods in the worst hit region, a blow that will ripple long after the disaster fades from attention.

Continuity Professionals Come Together: Support Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda Relief!

November 18, 2013 9:38 am | by DRI Foundation | News | Comments

A message from the DRI Foundation: Make Your Dollars Count by Donating Generously to the DRI Foundation. The DRI Foundation is calling all continuity professionals, and their organizations, to donate to the Foundation’s Haiyan-Yolando Relief Fund. 

To Help Typhoon Victims, Send Money, Not Stuff

November 14, 2013 10:06 am | by SHARON COHEN, AP National Writer | News | Comments

In the aftermath of mega-disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, experts say there are some basic rules for those eager to do good: Forget the rummage sale clothes, the old toys and the kind of supplies that will only stack up undistributed or damage an already weakened economy. Do send a cash donation to a respected charity.

Tons Of Aid In Philippines, But Not Where Needed

November 12, 2013 10:57 am | by JIM GOMEZ & TODD PITMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aid is coming to Tacloban: medical supplies, pallets of water and food piled on trucks, planes and ferries, sent by the Philippine government and countries around the world. But the scale of the disaster and challenges of delivering the assistance means few in this city, strewn with debris and corpses, have received any help.

Continuity Q&A: Vendors’ Perspectives On Mobile

October 25, 2013 9:43 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights interviewed leading mobile work-area recovery vendors to get their perspectives on mobile recovery. We asked them to share their top tips in regards to needs assessment, justifying ROI, the RFP process and the training phase. They also shared their thoughts on the primary advantages of mobile recovery, as well as the trends and opportunities they foresee for the future mobile recovery. 

A Practitioner’s View: Choosing, Testing & Utilizing Mobile Work-Area Recovery

October 25, 2013 9:41 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Tim Mathews, executive director, enterprise resiliency at ETS, an organization that develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at 9,000+ locations worldwide, to learn more about Mathews’ views on mobile solutions, his best-practice mobile recovery testing tips, and how mobile recovery helped ETS after a real-life disaster. 

Cached For A Cause: Food Exchange Delivers Worldwide Disaster Relief

October 21, 2013 5:02 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Imagine: A devastating typhoon hits Laos, damaging critical infrastructure, demolishing homes and businesses, and cutting off access to food and safe water supplies, leaving half a million people in need of immediate assistance. Now imagine that the affected population sees almost no lapse in essential resources. The Global Food Exchange’s™ founder, Richard L. Lackey, believes that this dream is the future of disaster recovery.

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