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Video: Better Use of Remote Solutions

November 21, 2014 10:35 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

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.

Can a Hospital be 'Ebola Proof?'

November 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 What does it take to Ebola-proof a hospital?  Over the past few months, U.S. medical...

Surgeon Being Treated for Ebola in Omaha Succumbs to the Virus

November 17, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra...

More than 170 Passengers Contracted Virus During Cruise

November 17, 2014 3:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nearly monthlong cruise that saw more than 170...

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Chickens, Ducks Killed Over Bird Flu Concerns

November 17, 2014 3:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chickens were being killed in the Netherlands, and Britain was preparing to kill ducks, after two cases of bird flu were discovered in Europe — but officials insisted Monday that the risk to public health was very low.  British officials said they were investigating a case of the H5 bird flu virus in northern England, but noted it's not the more dangerous H5N1 strain.

Nurses Strike Over Patient Care Standards, Ebola

November 13, 2014 4:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 As many as 18,000 nurses went on strike Tuesday and picketed in front of Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California to express their concerns about patient-care standards and Ebola.  The nurses, who are in the midst of contract negotiations, held red and yellow "strike for health and safety" picket signs. The two-day strike was expected to affect at least 21 Kaiser hospitals and 35 clinics and lasted until 7 a.m. Thursday.

Clinical Trial of Possible Ebola Vaccine Should Begin in January 2015

November 13, 2014 2:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A top U.S. health official says long-anticipated clinical trials of a possible Ebola vaccine will start soon in West Africa, as the global response to the outbreak took on added urgency with new cases in Mali and reports that the death toll has surpassed 5,000.

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Supply Chain-wide Exercises are Key to Business Continuity

November 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Emily Lord, RX Response | Blogs | Comments

Emily Lord, Director of Operations for RX Response discusses supply chain resilience, the importance of staging exercises for organizations and the results and lessons learned from a nationwide digital exercise the group ran earlier this year.

Quarantine Rules Making Aid Workers Hesitant to Travel to West Africa

November 11, 2014 8:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As Ebola-related quarantine policies have arisen around the United States, some health workers are reassessing whether, or how long, they can be among the hundreds that officials say are needed to fight the outbreak, Potential volunteers are anxious about what they might come back to, especially after seeing new rules arise so rapidly.

Stovepipe: Great for Hats, Not Crisis Communication

November 7, 2014 10:35 am | by John Tempesco | Athoc | Blogs | Comments

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 Introduces 'Safety Check' Feature

November 7, 2014 10:28 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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. 

The Ebola Outbreak by the Numbers

November 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, here are a few key numbers to get a handle on the epidemic.  According to an update this week from the World Health Organization, there have been 13,042 Ebola cases and 4,818 deaths since the first child died of the virus in December.

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Belgian Workers Protest Free-Market Reforms

November 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Belgium's biggest postwar labor demonstrations brought about 100,000 workers to the capital on Thursday to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures that they claim undermine Belgium's vaunted welfare state.    

Initiative Will Attempt to Promote Trade, Investment in Ebola Stricken Nations

November 7, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Finance Corporation announced that the package will include $250 million in rapid response projects and at least $200 million in investment projects to support the economic recovery of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea after the Ebola outbreak is controlled.

Sierra Leone Lacks Facilities to Deal With Ebola Outbreak

November 6, 2014 2:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the past 21 days there have been 1,174 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, almost triple the 398 new cases in Liberia and more than quadruple the 256 new cases in Guinea, according to figures released Wednesday by the World Health Organization.  While Sierra Leone accounts for almost two-thirds of new cases, there are only an estimated 400 beds in Ebola treatment units in the whole country.

World Health Organization Elects New Director of African Regional Office

November 5, 2014 2:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With nearly 5,000 dead of Ebola in West Africa, the World Health Organization elected a new director of its Africa regional office, which has been accused of bungling the response to the outbreak in its early stages.  Matshidiso Moeti is a doctor from Botswana and a WHO veteran who stepped down as deputy regional director for Africa in March.

Who's Who: The Ebola Outbreak

November 4, 2014 11:17 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Ebola outbreak that has ravaged West Africa in 2014 has been the largest in history by far.    The virus has ravaged Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone while also having reported cases in other African countries, Europe and the United States.  Here are some of the most important individuals who have been in the news as it relates to Ebola.

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Thousands in Sierra Leone Break Quarantines to Find Food

November 4, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them, aid agencies said.  Large swaths of the West African country have been sealed off to prevent the spread of Ebola, and within those areas many people have been ordered to stay in their homes.

Canada Suspending Visa Applications for Residents of Ebola-stricken Nations

November 4, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

 Canada's government said it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of the Ebola virus.  With the decision, Canada joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.

Reactors Back On Line After Debris Removed

November 4, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 One of the two reactors at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in southwestern Michigan is back online after rough waters on Lake Michigan forced a two-day shutdown.  The company says it shut the generators early Saturday after excessive debris from large lake swells damaged several water screens.

Business Continuity Planning Goes Mobile

October 31, 2014 10:08 am | by Chris Britton | In Case of Crisis | Blogs | Comments

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.

Nurse Defies Voluntary Quarantine, Goes on Bike Ride

October 31, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride.  Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend stepped out of their home Thursday morning and rode away on mountain bikes, followed by state police cruiser.

Unmanned Shuttle Bound for International Space Station Explodes

October 31, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station.

Libera Making Progress on Ebola, Sierra Leone Getting Worse

October 31, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while Sierra Leone is "in a crisis situation which is going to get worse," the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.  Their assessments underscore that Ebola remains a constant threat until the outbreak is wiped out.

Ebola Infections Declining, Virus Still a Serious Threat

October 29, 2014 3:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over.  The disease is still raging in parts of Sierra Leone and there is still a risk that the decline in Liberia won't be sustained

Planning for Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

October 28, 2014 10:50 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Goodyear | Articles | Comments

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.

Ebola in Asia Could be Disastrous

October 28, 2014 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city.  How quickly any case is detected — and the measures taken once it is — will determine whether the virus takes hold in a region where billions live in poverty and public health systems are often very weak.

Five Injured after Plant Explosion

October 27, 2014 4:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to the hospital after an explosion at an industrial plant in the southwestern Ontario city.  Mayor Mike Bradley said the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon at the Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc. plant.

Residents May Have to be Evacuated Due to Lava Flow

October 27, 2014 4:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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