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Ebola Outbreak Disrupting Flow of Goods, Driving Prices Up

August 19, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished area.Amid roadblocks manned by troops and pervasive fear among the population of the dreaded disease, the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola is increasingly impacting the food supply in three countries.

Tanker Truck Explodes, Causing Delays and Damaging Overpass

August 19, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A tanker truck explosion and fire in Middle Tennessee killed one person early Friday and...

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...

The Perfect Storm: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

August 5, 2014 11:09 am | by Ed Schlichtenmyer, Business Continuity and Quality Manager at ImpactWeather | Articles | Comments

Ed Schlichtenmyer, Business Continuity and Quality Manager at ImpactWeather, discusses the...

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Regardless of Industry, Down Time Can Have Dramatic Effects on a Business

August 5, 2014 10:59 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Mark Carroll, Senior Vice President of Income Research + Management, sat down with Continuity Insights to discuss down time, its impact on finances, processes and reputation an why business continuity practitioners are just beginning to discover its true impact.

Video: The Value of Social Media in Crisis Communication

August 5, 2014 10:52 am | Videos | Comments

Suzanne Bernier, President of SB Crisis Consulting, discusses the value of using social media in crisis communications, including how social media can help get information to the necessary channels quickly and accurately and why it is important for crisis managers.

Second Case Confirmed as Ebola Outbreak Spreads to Nigeria

August 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people in four countries.

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Mass Notification a Critical Part of the Incident Management Lifecycle

August 5, 2014 9:02 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | MissionMode Solutions | Articles | Comments

Robert Edson, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Mission Mode Solutions, talked with Continuity Insights about mass notification and why it is so important.  Topics include its place in the incident management lifecycle, social media as a communications tool and executive integration 

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 one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people.  Airports in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three other West African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak, have implemented some preventive measures.

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 nuclear plant calls for shutting down one of the region's largest power producers for up to three months a year.  Experts predict there will still be enough power to meet demands.

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 covered in two presentations at the New York Metro Area chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners meeting last week at National Grid's MetroTech office in Brooklyn

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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.

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.  

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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.

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.

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.

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