John Jackson, Executive Vice President of Fusion Risk Management, discusses public/private partnerships and their importance in business continuity planning. He talks about some of the ways business continuity professionals can leverage these partnerships to improve their programs.
A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
Authorities in central Georgia say up to 50 teenagers bent on destruction raced into a Wal-Mart...
Ken Simpson, Principal Consultant for the VR Group, discusses emerging issues and what skills he...
A wildfire fueled by high temps and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, forcing more than a thousand people to flee their homes and destroying a dozen structures, authorities said. At least a thousand people have left their homes in Wenatchee, about 120 miles east of Seattle.
It has been an interesting couple of weeks in the realm of cyber security, particularly for government agencies. It’s yet another reminder for business continuity professionals that these attacks aren’t going away and are almost surely going to become more common, more damaging and more difficult to stop.
Powerful storms that thundered through eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut downed trees and power lines, leaving nearly 400,000 customers without electricity and disrupting mass transit service in all three states. The strong storm system was the same that had spawned tornadoes in the Midwest, including at least nine in northern Illinois.
South Korea's finance ministry said Thursday that economic growth will slow this year as the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome saps spending and tourism. The ministry cut its forecast for South Korea's growth to 3.1 percent from 3.8 percent. Asia's fourth-largest economy grew 3.3 percent last year.
Whether serious or not, infectious disease outbreaks always seem to grab headlines. Even if the threat is minimal, it always seems as though diseases like Ebola instantly become the focus of the media once an outbreak begins. The recent cases of MERS in South Korea show how critical healthcare and infrastructure are in preventing pandemic situations.
Those who like to indulge in a good omelet or quiche at the local cafe should prepare to pay a little more — if it's even on the menu. Restaurants are struggling to deal with higher egg prices and an inability to get enough eggs and egg products in the midst of a shortage brought about by a bird flu virus that wiped out millions of chickens on commercial farms this spring.
A government data warehouse that stores information indefinitely on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common. Known as MIDAS, the system is described on a federal website as the "perpetual central repository" for information collected under President Barack Obama's health care law.
The torrential storms of last month essentially ended one of Texas' worst-ever droughts, but much of the excess water has already flowed into the Gulf of Mexico or will evaporate by year's end. With a wary eye toward the next prolonged dry-streak that inevitably will come, some think expanding the use of underground aquifers may help slake the thirst of Texas' rapidly growing population.
The MERS virus in South Korea, which has killed 14 people and infected nearly 140 in the largest outbreak outside the Middle East, hasn't spread outside hospitals among the wider community or become easier to transmit between humans, the World Health Organization said.
The Coast Guard admiral picked by President Barack Obama to lead the Transportation Security Administration is as concerned about reports of rampant security gaps at airports as lawmakers, he said during a confirmation hearing. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee he will fully identify those gaps and close them if he is confirmed by the Senate.
As the technology to build them continues to become more advanced, robots are quickly becoming more and more common in everyday life. But how do these robots impact the business continuity community? What about emergency management? Last weekend’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge could hold some clues.
John Linstrom, Community Engagement Manager, AtHoc, Inc., discusses the importance of effective disaster planning and how it can prevent damage and loss of life. He talks about some of the best practices for planning, including communication and executive support.
An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation, while Democrats and Republicans exchanged barbs over whether Congress or the Obama administration is most to blame for railroads not installing the technology.
A massive air-conditioning unit being lifted by a crane to the top of a Manhattan office building broke free, fell 28 stories and landed in the middle of Madison Avenue, injuring 10 people, officials said. Two were construction workers, while the others were pedestrians and occupants of passing cars, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. All were struck by debris that caused minor injuries; they were treated at hospitals.
Crews resumed searching for the 11 people who went missing in the small tourist town of Wimberley, where the usually calm Blanco River surged rapidly and crested at three times its flood stage. At least 17 people were killed in the Memorial Day weekend storms in Texas and Oklahoma.
Mark Armour, Global Director of Business Continuity for Brinks, Inc., discusses where he thinks the business continuity industry is headed. He also discusses why it is important to have a wide range of opinions from people with different backgrounds when building a program.
A New Jersey man died after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said. The man recently returned from Liberia, arriving at New York City's JFK International Airport.
More than 6,000 gallons of oil had been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast in a cleanup effort that is now going 24 hours a day, officials said, but that's some of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline.
A security researcher told federal agents he was able to hack into aircraft computer systems mid-flight numerous times through the in-flight entertainment systems, and at one point he caused a plane he was on to move sideways, according to an FBI agent's affidavit.
Federal water managers released a report projecting that Lake Mead's water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada. The effects could be serious. Arizona's allocation of Colorado River water could be cut 11.4 percent, or by an amount normally used by more than 600,000 homes. Nevada's share could be reduced 4.3 percent.
Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years. All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death.
Details are still being revealed after an Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia Tuesday night, leaving seven dead and more than 200 injured. For business continuity professionals, train derailments present a unique set of problems, particularly when they involve passenger trains. One incident can result in a host of different potential disruptions.
France is on heightened terrorist alert after deadly attacks in Paris, and the monied French Riviera offers rich pickings for criminals. That means the world's glitziest film festival, which opened Wednesday, is the focus of an intense security operation to try to keep disaster and drama confined to the screen.
Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation's largest offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana. A Louisiana-based oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC, plans to drill into the Macondo reservoir.
Less than one month after a massive earthquake killed more than 8.150 and flattened buildings in Nepal, the small South Asian nation has been struck again. Another earthquake, this time a magnitude 7.3 quake, hit north of the country’s capital of Kathmandu. Early reports put the death toll at 37 with at least 1,117 injured.
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