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Massive Work Stoppage at Local Chain After CEO Ousted

July 29, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A workers' revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain has led to empty shelves, angry customers and support for a boycott from more than 100 state legislators and mayors.  Workers are demanding the reinstatement of a beloved former CEO, who was credit with keeping prices low, treating employees well and guiding the company's success.

As Ebola Outbreak Grows, Air Travel Could Prove More Dangerous

July 28, 2014 5:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with...

Environmental Regulations Could Cause Critical Power Plant to Shut Down Temporarily

July 28, 2014 5:09 pm | News | Comments

New York's latest proposal to save Hudson River fish from being sucked into the Indian Point...

Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Supply Chain Featured Topics at ACP Meeting

July 22, 2014 10:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Business continuity, disaster recovery and leadership in supply chain management were topics...

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Locals Evacuated After Train Crash

July 21, 2014 4:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two people were injured and thousands of gallons of fuel were spilled when southbound Canadian National train struck several Wisconsin & Southern Railroad cars  at a rail crossing.  Some 100 people who live near the crash site were evacuated from their homes as a precaution.

Ebola outbreak in West Africa – rising number of calls to International SOS

July 15, 2014 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Internaitional SOS reported a huge increase in requests for information about Ebola Virus after the outbreak, but said the risk is low for business travelers to become infected is low if they follow proper procedures and exercise caution  

Saltwater Spill Could Lead to Regulations

July 14, 2014 2:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.  The leak involved an estimated 24,000 barrels, or 1 million gallons, of saltwater and condensate, byproducts of oil and gas production.

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After Safety Breaches, CDC to Close Two Labs

July 14, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing an anthrax scare and other safety problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs.  An incident at one of the closed Atlanta labs could have accidentally exposed workers in three labs to anthrax last month. A second, previously undisclosed problem earlier this year involved deadly bird flu.

Fewer MERS Cases as Scientists Try to Stop the Spread

July 7, 2014 4:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Infection rates for the Middle East respiratory syndrome are slowing and scientists are working to stop the dangerous coronavirus from spreading further internationally.  Scientists say most of the 824 confirmed cases of MERS since 2013, including at least 286 deaths, could have been prevented.  

Coal Industry Lawsuits Could Have National Impact

July 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.  In civil cases unfolding in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana, the group WildEarth Guardians asserts coal companies benefited from lax oversight by federal regulators.

Ebola Outbreak Continues in Africa

June 30, 2014 2:00 pm | News | Comments

 The World Health Organization said that the latest figures show 567 cases with 350 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Last week the organization reported more than 330 deaths.  Most of the deaths, 267 of them, are in Guinea, but with Sierra Leone reporting 39 new cases and eight deaths between June 15 and 17, growth there appears to be faster.

Expiring Contracts Could Cause Shipping Problems

June 30, 2014 11:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A contract that covers nearly 20,000 West Coast dockworkers is set to expire, and businesses are worried about disruptions just as the crush of cargo for the back-to-school and holiday seasons begins.  With contentious issues including benefits and job security on the table, smooth sailing is no guarantee.

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New Danger Caused by Spike in Crude Oil Shipments

June 30, 2014 10:57 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dangers posed by a spike in oil shipments by rail extend beyond crude from the booming Bakken region of the Northern Plains and include oil produced elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. safety officials and lawmakers said.     

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.      

Upcoming Pilgrimage Season Raises MERS Concerns

June 23, 2014 8:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to prevent the spread of a dangerous virus need to be stepped up ahead of the start of the Muslim pilgrimage season, when millions of people from all over the world will travel to Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization said last week.  The U.N. health agency has recorded 701 confirmed cases and 249 deaths worldwide from the Middle East respiratory syndrome, the vast majority of them in Saudi Arabia.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Workers May Have Been Exposed to Anthrax

June 23, 2014 8:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria because of a safety problem at one of its labs. Agency officials say the risk of infection is low, but that about 75 staff members were being monitored or given antibiotics as a precaution.

Dr. Tomas Aragon's Presentation on Health Threats Now Available

June 17, 2014 11:13 am | Articles | Comments

Due to popular demand, Continuity Insights is releasign the slides from Dr. Tomas Aragon's Presentation "Preparing for Microbial Threats to Health:What Every Professional Should Know."  Aragon gave the presentation as a plenary speaker at Continuity Insights’ Continuity West conference on Monday, June 9 at the South San Francisco Convention Center.

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Iraq Violence Could Affect Oil Supply

June 16, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The upheaval in Iraq could throw the world's remarkably stable oil market out of balance, threatening a delicate equilibrium that has kept prices steady for four years. Iraqi oil production is at risk because of the outbreak of violence involving militant groups who seized two cities this week and have pledged to march on Baghdad.

Contingency Planning Exchange Presenters Talk Social Media

June 10, 2014 11:44 am | Articles | Comments

The New York Chapter of the Contingency Planning Exchange hosted a quarterly meeting, which featured two speakers and a panel of experts, at JP Morgan Chase in New York on Thursday, June 6.  Social media use continues to grow, both in social and business environments.  Facebook, the largest social media website, has more than 1 billion users while Twitter has about 300 million.  

Dr. Tomas Aragon Discusses Outbreaks, Infectious Diseases in a Business Setting

June 10, 2014 10:42 am | by Joe Shust | Articles | Comments

Dr. Tomas Aragon, Health Officer for the city of San Francisco and San Francisco County, gives a presentation, “Preparing for Public Health Disasters: What Every Business Should Know,” at CI West conference at South San Francisco Convention Center.

Saudi Review Finds Over 100 More MERS Infections

June 3, 2014 1:27 pm | by Adam Schreck, Associated Press | News | Comments

The surprise disclosure followed the unexpected firing of the kingdom's deputy health minister, heightening concerns about the country's ability to halt the spread of the Middle Eastern respiratory virus. He was the second senior Saudi health official to lose his job in less than two months.

MERS in America: Is spread of Virus a Worry?

May 19, 2014 8:37 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, has mostly spread before to health care workers or family members caring for a sick patient. The two men in the U.S. were together only in two business meetings. But health officials say they don't find it alarming and that the risk of MERS to the general public remains low.

Phone Carriers Aim to Improve Emergency Dispatch

May 19, 2014 8:27 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The four major U.S. wireless phone companies are providing emergency texting 911 service as of this month to any local government that wants it and has the capability to use it, a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of the voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s.

Officials: 2nd US Case of MERS reported

May 13, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Overall, 538 people have been reported to have the respiratory illness, including 145 people who have died. So far, all had ties to the Middle East region or to people who traveled there. As many as one-fifth of cases have been in health-care workers, Schuchat said. 

UN: Spread of Polio Now a World Health Emergency

May 6, 2014 10:33 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

For the first time ever, the World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease.

Apperian, AT&T Partner on Emergency Preparedness Apps

April 29, 2014 12:53 pm | by Apperian | News | Comments

Apperian, Inc., the leading platform for securing and managing enterprise mobile apps, announced today the company will be co-sponsoring AT&T's Public Safety Solutions and Emergency Preparedness Mobile Application Development "Hackathon." 

Saudi Health Minister Sacked Amid MERS Deaths

April 21, 2014 12:43 pm | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has fired the country's health minister amid a spike in infections of the potentially fatal Middle East respiratory syndrome. The official Saudi Press Agency reported Monday that Abdullah al-Rabiah was relieved of his post as Health Minister by a royal order.

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.

Five Observations From The CI Crisis Communications Survey

April 15, 2014 9:03 am | by Brian Gray | Blogs | Comments

Continuity Insights began reporting on the use of social media for emergency management in 2012, expanding the survey in 2013 to include social media strategy, risk and views on effectiveness. Both of these reports give the baseline for the 2014 survey.    

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