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American Society of Civil Engineers Calls for New Flood Mitigation Strategies

September 22, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Society of Civil Engineers  is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.  The group is calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to develop a sustainable way to pay for infrastructure maintenance and updates to help manage floods.

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...

Lava Could Shut Down Major Hawaii Highway

September 12, 2014 1:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lava concerns on Hawaii's Big Island are shifting from...

RX Response Aims to Form Government Partnerships

September 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Emily Lord | Blogs | Comments

RX Response Director of Operations Emily Lord discusses the organization's roots in the...

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Chile to Invoke Anti-Terror Laws After Bombing Injures 14

September 9, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A blast ripped through a fast-food restaurant next to a busy subway station in Chile's capital on Monday, injuring at least 14 people in the most damaging of nearly 30 bombings or attempted bombings in Santiago this year.  While no group claimed responsibility for the blast, many past bombings have been claimed by anarchist groups and Chile's government said it would invoke the country's tough anti-terror laws.

Property Owners Effected by Sandy Now Facing Funding, Property Rights Questions

September 2, 2014 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Business and private beach owners who's  properties were damaged by Superstorm Sandy are now facing the issue of either repairing sand dunes themselves or opening up beaches to the public to receive federal funding and assistance. 

Tornadoes, Hail Storms Hammers Midwest

September 2, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Several Midwestern states report tornadoes, strong winds and pingpong ball-sized hail as severe weather causes evacuations, highway closures and power outages.  As the line of storms moved east, the National Weather Service noted hail nearly 2 inches in diameter near St. Louis and rain falling at a rate of nearly an inch per hour.

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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 police said would cause significant delays for motorists on Interstate 65.  The fuel tanker hit an overpass around 3:40 a.m.   It was carrying unleaded gasoline.

Rain, Aftershock, Lack of Communication Hindering Quake Rescue Efforts

August 5, 2014 9:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday as they dug through homes shattered by an earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.

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.

Typhoon Kills 18, Causes Estimated $4.3 Billion in Damage to China

July 21, 2014 4:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 18 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes.  The storm ravaged 468,500 hectares (1.2 million acres) of crops in Hainan and Guangdong provinces and Guangxi, causing $4.3 billion in damage

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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.

Phone Carriers Aim to Improve Emergency Dispatch

May 19, 2014 8:27 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The four major U.S. wireless phone companies are providing emergency texting 911 service as of this month to any local government that wants it and has the capability to use it, a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of the voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s.

Secretary Johnson Presents Rick Rescorla Awards

April 8, 2014 11:28 am | by DHS | News | Comments

On April 3, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson presented the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience to the New York Mets, Walgreens and Monsignor John Brown, recognizing their contributions to their communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

Cooperation After Marathon Bombings Is Praised

March 25, 2014 9:11 am | by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

In the moments after two bombs exploded near the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, no one dared call it a terrorist attack. But after it became clear that these were not manhole cover explosions, "the word hung heavy in the air."     

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

March 4, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014 is sponsored by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA is urging the public to understand the risks, take action and spread the word.

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The Nation’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, Part 2

January 13, 2014 4:57 pm | by Salimah LaForce, Research Analyst, Georgia Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Communications Policy, Wireless RERC | Articles | Comments

The goal of the IPAWS PMO is to ensure all segments of the American population are covered by IPAWS, in addition to understanding the functions and how to properly respond to alerts and warnings from public safety officials. To date, 38 states have adopted IPAWS while others have initiated the application process.

Typhoon Ruined Traditional, High-Tech Livelihoods

November 26, 2013 9:37 am | by TERESA CEROJANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

As Typhoon Haiyan tore across the eastern Philippines, coconut plantations older than the fathers of the men who tend them were smashed like matchsticks and call centers that field customer service gripes from around the world fell silent. The storm that killed thousands also wrecked livelihoods in the worst hit region, a blow that will ripple long after the disaster fades from attention.

Special eReport: Critical Infrastructure

November 26, 2013 9:12 am | Articles | Comments

Click here to view Continuity Insights' exclusive November eReport on critical infrastructure, which includes expert insights on critical infrastructure protection and resilience.                       

ASCE 2013 Report Card For America’s Infrastructure

November 25, 2013 11:58 am | by ASCE | News | Comments

Every 4 years, the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure that depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card by assigning letter grades to each type of infrastructure.

The Evolution Of Critical Infrastructure Protection

November 22, 2013 12:24 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with representatives from Argonne National Laboratory’s Infrastructure Assurance Center: Frédéric Petit, Principal Infrastructure Analyst/Operations Researcher; David Brannegan, Director; and Julia Phillips, Deputy Director, to find out more about how critical infrastructure protection has evolved, and how this evolution has opened up new opportunities to contribute to resilience.

Continuity Q&A: Dr. Nader Mehravari On Critical Infrastructure

November 20, 2013 4:06 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

In advance of this special-edition eReport on critical infrastructure, Continuity Insights sat down with Dr. Nader Mehravari, MBCP, MBCI, and Research Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute, CERT Division, to find out more about the importance of critical infrastructure and how Americans can become more involved in its maintenance, resilience and protection.

Giving Thanks For Critical Infrastructure

November 20, 2013 3:46 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Blogs | Comments

I’m gearing up for the holidays, and my house wouldn’t be the same without numerous strings of white lights. Winter wouldn’t be bearable without the heat that pipes through the vents, and time off work wouldn’t be nearly as fun without a road trip to see family. What do all of these things have in common? Infrastructure. It lights up my lights, supplies my heat and powers my car. (Note: Cheer sold separately.) 

Typhoon Highlights Weak Philippine Infrastructure

November 15, 2013 11:20 am | by KELVIN CHAN & TERESA CEROJANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Philippines is the country that's most at risk to natural hazards, according to UK-based risk analysis firm Maplecroft. The country loses $1.6 billion dollars a year on average because of such disasters. It also had the worst scores in other key indicators such as fixed phone lines, households with power and electricity lost in transmission.

10 Ideas Chosen For Coastal Shields In NY, NJ

November 15, 2013 9:46 am | by DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The winning ideas include an array of strategies for making the coastline more resilient, including natural breakwaters that could take the punch out of storm surf headed for Staten Island, a ring of water-trapping canals and parks for Hoboken, N.J., and channels in Long Beach, N.Y., that would help drain Long Island's coastal bays. 

Critical Infrastructure Protection

November 14, 2013 4:48 pm | Videos | Comments

Protecting and ensuring the continuity of the critical infrastructure and key resources of the United States are essential to the nation's security, public health and safety, economic vitality, and way of life. For more information, visit www.dhs.gov/criticalinfrastructure.

'If You See Something, Say Something™' Campaign

November 14, 2013 11:33 am | Videos | Comments

The nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something™" public awareness campaign is a program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. 

Judge: NYC Doesn't Protect Disabled In Emergencies

November 11, 2013 11:31 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge cited disabled Superstorm Sandy victims stranded in high-rise towers to illustrate his conclusion that New York City violated laws designed to protect the disabled — about 11 percent of the city's more than 8 million residents — as it created evacuation plans for emergencies ranging from storms to terrorist attacks.

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