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Businesses Must Be Prepared For All Infectious Diseases, Not Just Pandemics

September 19, 2014 11:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Although the continuing Ebola Virus outbreak has yet to leave African soil, a handful of Americans have been infected by the virus.  Organizations need to be conscious of not only Ebola, but any outbreak that could affect their staff and damage their productivity.

Mexican Government Begins Airlifting Tourists After Hurricane Odile

September 19, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mexican government began airlifting the first...

Crowded Shelters, Lack of Equipment Compounding Problems in Kashmir

September 19, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of...

Management Metrics Critical for Business Continuity Program Success

September 16, 2014 11:06 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Metrics can be an important part of any business...

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Fires Force Hundreds to Evacuate their Homes

September 15, 2014 4:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes. The blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park in central California, prompted authorities to evacuate about 1,000 residents out of about 400 homes

Sierra Leone Officials Upset with World Health Organization After Doctor Succumbs to Ebola

September 15, 2014 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care.  Dr. Olivet Buck died Saturday, hours after the U.N. health agency said it could not help evacuate her to Germany.

Sept. 11, 2001 Attacks Changed Business Continuity, Taught Valuable Lessons

September 9, 2014 12:48 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the most tragic events in American History, the September 11th attacks changed a lot for the American people.  It also changed the business continuity industry, causing professionals to plan differently, prepare for new kinds of disasters and become more resilient.

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Virus Hospitalizes Hundreds of Children Across Ten States

September 8, 2014 4:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of children in more than 10 states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.  Nearly 500 children have been treated at one hospital alone.

After Work Stoppage Leads to Loss of Millions, Supermarket Chain on the Road to Recovery

September 8, 2014 3:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After a six-week protest that cost Market Basket millions in lost sales, the company announced that an agreement had been reached for Arthur T. Demoulas to buy the chain, putting him back in control of the century-old business.  Company representatives say about 80 percent of operations have been restored.

Ebola Resurgent in West Africa

September 8, 2014 10:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ebola is returning to regions of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone where it was thought to have been contained.  Officials say people in contact with the sick have evaded surveillance, moving at will and hiding their illnesses until they infect others in turn.

Doctor Unsure if Latest American with Ebola Will be Sent to Atlanta Hospital

September 3, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The doctor who oversaw treatment of two American missionaries who contracted the Ebola virus in west Africa said he doesn't know if a third sick American will be coming to his Atlanta hospital.  The North Carolina-based group Serving In Mission said Tuesday that the obstetrician has developed the Ebola virus and is now in isolation in Liberia.

Ebola Outbreak Driving Food Prices Up

September 2, 2014 8:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers won't be able to access fields.  Surrounding countries have closed land borders, many airlines have suspended flights to and from the affected countries, restricting food imports to the hardest-hit countries. Those countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — all rely on grain from abroad to feed their people.

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New Calls for Early Warning System after Weekend Earthquake in California

August 27, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A university lab in the city of Berkeley is testing a prototype of an earthquake early-warning system that California is pursuing years after places like Mexico and Japan already have them up and running.   Experts say it would allow trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects, reducing injuries and damage.

Radiation Cleanup, Compensation for Residents Increasing Cost of Fukushima Disaster

August 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident will amount to an estimated 11.08 trillion yen, almost double the government projection made at the end of 2011, a recent study by shows.  The figure includes 4.91 trillion yen to pay compensation to affected residents and 2.48 trillion yen for radiation cleanup work.

Civil Unrest a Challenge for Business Continuity Professionals

August 26, 2014 9:09 am | by Steven Crimando | Articles | Comments

In the wake of recent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Continuity Insights New York Presenter Steven Crimando discusses the threat of collective violence, the challenges it poses from a business continuity prespective and steps to take in the event of a large crowd gathering.

Site Engineer to Face Criminal Charges in Thai Building Collapse

August 19, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from the collapse of a six-story building under construction on the outskirts of Thailand's capital has risen to 14, as rescue teams ended their search Friday, four days after the cave-in.  Police were investigating the cause of the collapse and have arrested four people, including the site engineer, who will face criminal charges.

Video: The Value of Social Media in Crisis Communication

August 12, 2014 2:42 pm | Videos | Comments

Suzanne Bernier of SB Crisis Consulting discusses how social media has become an important and effective vehicle to share critical information.  As a complement to traditional media, many organizations and first responders have embraced social media for timely crisis communication.

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Southwest Braces as Lake Mead Water Levels Drop

August 12, 2014 1:48 pm | by Ken Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Marina operators, water managers and farmers who for decades have chased every drop of water across the booming Southwest and part of Mexico are closely tracking the reservoir water level already at its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s.

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 importance of being prepared for a pandemic or epidemic, common pandemic misconseptions and why it is important for business continuity practitioners in the corporate world to be prepared.

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.

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.

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  

Incident Command System, Working With Children During Disasters Discussed at ACP Meeting

July 15, 2014 9:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) hosted its monthly meeting with an online audience, which featured presentations on Incident Command System integration and children in disasters, on Tuesday, July 8.  

Facing Pressure, Foster Farms Recalls Chicken

July 7, 2014 3:47 pm | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture said it has found evidence directly linking Foster Farms boneless-skinless chicken breast to a case of Salmonella Heidelberg, an antibiotic-resistant strain of the disease that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months and led to pressure from food safety advocates for federal action against the company.

Learning to “Speak the Language” a Key for Executive Support

June 30, 2014 2:17 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Avalution Consulting | Articles | Comments

Throughout the business continuity industry, practitioners are constantly looking for ways to engage – and stay engaged with – senior management, with the objective of gaining and keeping their support.  Practitioners should understand how executives think before trying to get their support.

Video:Communicating With Executive Management

June 30, 2014 8:52 am | Videos | Comments

Melissa Owings, Business Continuity Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield, shares how she effectively communicates business continuity management information with executives.  She discusses the importance of keeping reports concise and informative.

Video:The Importance of Clearly Defined Roles in Exercises

June 23, 2014 9:25 am | Videos | Comments

Chris Wright, Senior Manager of Worldwide Business Continuity and Crisis Management at Amgen, Inc., discusses the value of clearly defined roles and responsibilities and the utilization of tools and supplies during his drills and exercises.  Look for next week's video where Melissa Owings with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, shares how she effectively communicates BCM information with executive management.

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.

Fireworks explosion kills one, injures two others

June 23, 2014 8:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 An explosion at a fireworks plant in Washington state fatally injured a 75-year-old man last week and also injured two other employees.  More people could have been hurt and more buildings damaged if the company hadn't been following regulations that require fireworks transfers to happen away from other buildings and other explosives

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