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Punishing Storms in Texas Test Government Emergency Response

May 27, 2015 4:21 pm | by Paul Weber and Juan Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Video: Diversity and the Evolution of Business Continuity

May 26, 2015 12:33 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

Mark Armour, Global Director of Business Continuity for Brinks, Inc., discusses where he thinks...

Man Diagnosed with Lassa Fever Dies in US After Liberia Trip

May 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A New Jersey man died after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease...

California Oil Sop-Up Starts, Thousands of Gallons Gathered

May 21, 2015 9:44 am | by Christopher Weber and Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

 More than 6,000 gallons of oil had been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched...

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US Security Expert Says he Hacked Plane Controls Mid-Flight

May 21, 2015 9:32 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Feds project Lake Mead below drought trigger point in 2017

May 19, 2015 9:55 am | by Ken Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

 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. 

Nine Oil Well Deaths Lead to Warning About Inhaling Chemicals

May 19, 2015 9:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 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.

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Tragic Derailment Presents Business Continuity Challenges

May 14, 2015 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

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.

Behind the Glitz, Cannes Casts a Tight Security Net

May 14, 2015 10:58 am | by Jill Lawless, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Plan OK'd to Drill into BP's Ill-Fated Macondo Reservoir

May 14, 2015 10:28 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

The Nepal Quakes, The Recovery Process and the Human Side of Resilience

May 12, 2015 10:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.  

Texas Attack Highlights Potential for Terrorist Action

May 7, 2015 11:35 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is claiming responsibility for an attack in Garland, Texas in which two gunmen opened fire on an event where attendees were asked to draw the prophet Muhammad.  Attacks like this should be a point of focus for business continuity professionals.

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Engineers Inspect Quake-Damaged Homes in Nepal's Capital

May 6, 2015 2:25 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a thousand engineers were checking damaged houses in Nepal's capital Wednesday and advising people about whether they are safe.  About 13,000 families have requested inspections of their homes since the massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake near Kathmandu on April 25, Nepal Engineers Association General Secretary Kishore Kumar Jha said. More than 7,600 people died in the quake.

Los Angeles Sues Wells Fargo, Alleging Fraud by Employees

May 6, 2015 1:43 pm | by Christopher Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wells Fargo Bank employees driven by strict sales pressure issued unwanted credit cards and opened unauthorized accounts that charged customers fees and damaged their credit, according to a lawsuit filed by the city of Los Angeles.

Keeping an NFL Stadium Secure: ACP Visits Home of Giants, Jets

May 5, 2015 11:33 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

On Friday, May 1, members of the Association of Contingency Planners’ Garden State Chapter were given an opportunity to tour MetLife Stadium, home of both the New York Giants and New York Jets, and learn about the ins and outs of how its security team manages the daunting task of keeping tens of thousands safe.

Summer Camps with a Mission: To Create Cyber Security Experts

May 5, 2015 11:13 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The camps are part of an expanding but modestly funded program called GenCyber that is funded by the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency. The agencies are taking the long view in fulfilling an insatiable need for cyber security experts, both in government and private industry.

Baltimore Calm Wednesday, Protests Begin in Other Cities

April 30, 2015 12:18 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Baltimore saw another night of relative calm on Wednesday, with peaceful protesters demonstrating before dispersing during the imposed 10 p.m. curfew.  However, protests took place in other cities across the country.  The protests revolve around the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

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Bird Flu Found in Five More Northwest Iowa Poultry Farms

April 29, 2015 4:02 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The deadly bird flu virus was found in an egg-laying flock with 3.7 million chickens in northwest Iowa in addition to four more poultry farms, state agriculture officials said.  The virus will now cost Iowa egg producers about a sixth of the state's 60 million hens, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said, or nearly 9.8 million chickens that have either been or will be euthanized.

Relative Calm in Baltimore Tuesday Following Riots

April 28, 2015 11:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

According to the Mayor's Office of Economic and Neighborhood Development in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has requested support from the National Guard, who have been deployed to the city to assist police.  A 24-hour emergency operations center has been established to assist in coordinating a response.

Top Five Plenary Speaker Quotes from CIMC2015

April 28, 2015 11:30 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference featured sessions by business continuity professionals from every area of the industry, from emergency management to IT/disaster recovery. Here are the top five quotes from our three plenary speakers.

Starbucks Stores Reopen After Computer Glitch

April 27, 2015 11:51 am | News | Comments

 Starbucks was back in business after a computer outage forced thousands of its stores to close early last week.  The glitch affected registers at 7,400 company-operated stores in the U.S. and 1,000 in Canada, and prompted some stores to give away drinks.

Man Nabbed Over Drone may have Targeted U.S. Facility, Nuclear Plant

April 27, 2015 11:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A man arrested for flying a drone onto the prime minister's office with traces of radioactive material may have targeted a U.S. facility in Tokyo and a nuclear power plant in Kagoshima as well, sources close to the matter said.  A small four-propeller drone bearing a container holding sand with trace amounts of radioactive cesium was found on the roof of the prime minister's office.

Water Scarcity Could Become an Emerging Topic for BC Pros

April 23, 2015 1:38 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights closed on Wednesday, April 22 with Nathaniel Forbes of Forbes Calamity Prevention discussing the impact of water scarcity and thirst.  Forbes discussed potential consequences of water scarcity, including terrorism, supply chain disruption and competitive advantage

Study links swarm of quakes in Texas to natural gas drilling

April 22, 2015 5:53 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection.  In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists monitored the shaking. It's an area that had no recorded quakes for 150 years.

Hong Kong Faces Resistance with Beijing-Backed Election Plan

April 22, 2015 5:46 pm | by Kelvin Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hong Kong's government unveiled election reform proposals, setting the stage for another round of confrontation with pro-democracy activists and lawmakers opposed to Beijing-mandated restrictions on candidates for the city's top job.  The long-expected reform package made some tweaks but gave little ground to pro-democracy leaders.

EU Charges Russia's Gazprom Gas Giant with Market Abuse

April 22, 2015 5:36 pm | by Raf Casert, Associate Press | News | Comments

The European Union on charged Russian state energy giant Gazprom of abusing its dominant position in central and eastern EU nations in an antitrust case that will further test tense relations between Brussels and Moscow.  EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Gazprom is strong-arming customer nations where it sometimes almost fully controls the gas market, by setting unfair pricing and contract restrictions.

Expert: Tale of Worker Asleep in Cargo Hold is a Warning

April 16, 2015 11:35 am | by Manuel Valdes and David Koenig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The misadventure of a baggage handler who fell asleep in the cargo hold of a jetliner should be a warning for airlines to improve security procedures, safety experts said.  The worker banged on the plane for help shortly after takeoff  from Seattle. Pilots heard the noise and quickly returned to the airport. The worker was not injured.

Investigators Warn Airplane Computers Could be Hacked

April 16, 2015 11:25 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

The finding by the Government Accountability Office presents chilling new scenarios for passengers. The report doesn't suggest it would be easy to do, or very likely. But it points out that as airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration attempt to modernize planes and flight tracking with Internet-based technology, attackers have a new vulnerability they could exploit.

Can Metrics Measure Recoverability?

April 14, 2015 11:30 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As metrics continue to gain popularity amongst business continuity professionals, individual practitioners are beginning to develop their own methods for measuring program effectiveness, recovery and resilience.  David Lindstedt, Director of Program Management at the Ohio State University, said he thinks the industry should move its focus away from counting the amount of programs and towards predicting recoverability.

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