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Be Prepared for Outbreaks of All Sizes

January 22, 2015 10:57 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those fighting Ebola need to stay on their toes and continue to battle the virus until the outbreak is over, just as business continuity professionals must do with any crisis. Most business continuity professionals have not and will not ever be directly affected by Ebola, but it is a good lens through which to examine their programs.

Reputation Management Critical for Organizations

January 21, 2015 4:21 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Reputation management is one of the most, if not the...

Ebola Fight Not Over Yet, U.N. Mission Chief Cautions

January 21, 2015 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Close to 1,000 new cases of Ebola were recorded in the last three weeks despite progress in...

Cancer-Causing Agent Found in Water Samples from Montana Town

January 21, 2015 4:09 pm | by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on...

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Top Officials Fired after New Year's Eve Stampede that Killed 36 in China

January 21, 2015 4:05 pm | by Ian Mader and Paul Traynor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shanghai announced it fired four top officials and disciplined seven others over a New Year's Eve stampede that killed 36 people, saying some of the officials were attending an opulent banquet as the disaster unfolded.  An investigation report blamed top government, police and Communist Party officials in Shanghai's Huangpu District for insufficient precautions at the scene and for not responding fast enough to the disaster

Dunes May Have Prevented Severe Damage from Sandy

January 21, 2015 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey studied the state's beaches just before and after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. It found beaches with higher, wider dunes protected better against the storm than beaches without them.

Kenya Could Send Hackers Back to China

January 21, 2015 3:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A Kenyan official says the government is considering a request by the Chinese government to repatriate some of the 76 Chinese nationals arrested in Kenya for hacking.  Police arrested the 76 Chinese nationals and one Taiwanese early December with sophisticated equipment in houses in plush neighborhoods of the city.

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Drinking Water Shipped in After Traces of Oil Detected in Public Supply

January 20, 2015 11:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk.

Trust in Media, Business Falls After Turbulent 2014

January 20, 2015 11:24 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Trust in institutions has fallen to levels not seen since the financial crisis, after a year that produced the twin Malaysia Airlines disasters and the conflict in Ukraine, a global survey found.  Public relations firm Edelman found that general level of trust in institutions — among college-educated people around the globe — at levels not seen since 2009 in many of the markets it surveyed.

Two Workers Die in Accidents at Fukushima Plant

January 20, 2015 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Two workers died in separate accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and the nearby Daini complex, despite Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s continued pledge to improve working conditions at the site of the catastrophic nuclear disaster.

Dutch Navy Finds Three Stowaways After Delivering Ebola Aid

January 20, 2015 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch navy says it has discovered three stowaways on board a ship that delivered aid to Ebola-hit nations in West Africa.  According to the navy, the men were immediately given medical checks and showed no symptoms of Ebola or any other acute illness.

Speaker's Soapbox: Roland Johnson of ClearView Continuity

January 16, 2015 11:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Roland Johnson of ClearView Continuity will present "Why Don't People Follow the Plan During an Incident?"  He will discuss why people often disregard business continuity plans in the event of disasters and how BC managers can prevent them from doing so.

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FEMA's PrepareAthon Discussed at ACP Meeting

January 16, 2015 11:18 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its first meeting of 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 15 at Metropolitan College of New York.  The event featured a presentation by FEMA’s Eric Goldman, who discussed America’s PrepareAthon, an initiative that invites individuals, businesses and community organizations to participate in disaster planning and drills.  

Some of Obama's Cyber Threat Plans are Similar to Previous Legislation

January 16, 2015 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President, Obama laid out his plans this week as part of a push for new cybersecurity legislation that increases government information-sharing and protects businesses from lawsuits for revealing cyberthreats.  Yet the president's proposals are similar to congressional legislation that has been languishing on Capitol Hill, in part over privacy concerns. 

Koroma Predicts Sierra Leone Will be 'Ebola Free' by May

January 16, 2015 10:41 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as his country registered 19 new Ebola cases over a 24-hour period, Sierra Leone's president is predicting there will be zero new confirmed cases by the end of March.  President Ernest Bai Koroma also predicted that his West African country  would be Ebola-free by World Health Organization standards by May. 

Indian Authorities Crack Down on Illegal Liquor

January 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in a north Indian state suspended 23 officials in a crackdown on illegal liquor sales, as the death toll among villagers who drank from a bad batch of cheap alcohol climbed to 38.  Hospitals were still treating more than 100 people poisoned by homemade alcohol bought  from a village shop in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state.

Employees at Pesticide Plant May Have Been Exposed to Dangerous Fumes

January 16, 2015 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years.  As much as 600 parts per million of the gas an hour could have filled a poorly ventilated room, but federal guidelines say workers shouldn't be exposed to more than an average of 10 ppm per day of the gas.

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Pennsylvania Man to be Sentenced for Stealing Hundreds of Thousands from Former Employer

January 16, 2015 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A western Pennsylvania man faces sentencing for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former company by submitting invoices from a phony company.  He pleaded guilty in September to mail fraud in the theft of almost $360,000 from Matthews International Corp. The losses have since been calculated at $415,000.

Could New Cyber Security Regulations be On the Way?

January 13, 2015 11:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In light of breaches at companies like Home Depot and Target, the president is proposing legislation that would require companies to inform their customers whether their data has been compromised within 30 days called the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act.  The act would also make it a crime to sell customers’ identities overseas. 

Poisoned Beer Leads to 69 Deaths in Mozambique

January 13, 2015 9:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

When a crocodile is killed, the bile must be immediately removed and buried in front of witnesses to prove that it has not fallen into the wrong hands, to be used as poison, according to  African traditions.  The deadly greenish-brown liquid is now believed to have been put into traditional beer that killed 69 people who drank it at a funeral in Mozambique's northeast Tete province, health authorities said.

Owner, Managers Sentenced for Factory Fire that Killed Seven

January 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Italian court convicted a Chinese garment manufacturer and two Chinese managers of manslaughter in a 2013 factory fire that killed seven people in the Tuscan city of Prato.  The stiffest sentence, eight years and eight months, went to Lin You Lan, the owner of the Teresa Moda factory, which churned out cheap clothes in the largely Chinese manufacturing district in Tuscany.

In Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attack, Don't Forget about Workplace Violence

January 9, 2015 11:21 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Workplace violence is a very real issue and something BC professionals should be aware of.  It will likely never be as extreme as the Charlie Hebdo attack and it may not be an act of international terrorism, but the possibility of an act of violence must be considered.

Accusing North Korea of Sony Hack Could Backfire on U.S. Government

January 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration's extraordinary decision to point fingers at North Korea over the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. could lead to a courtroom spectacle in the event charges are ultimately filed against someone without ties to the isolated country, such as a disgruntled employee or an unrelated hacker.

Extreme Cold Hammers Most of the United States

January 9, 2015 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S., with wind chills driving them even lower. Throw in the snow some areas are getting and you've got a bone chilling mix that may also be super messy.

Bridal Shop Visited by Ebola Survivor to Close its Doors

January 9, 2015 9:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Operators of a northeast Ohio bridal shop linked to an Ebola survivor say the store is closing because it lost significant business and has been stigmatized.  Dallas nurse Amber Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola days after visiting Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal store in Akron in October.

Shell to pay $83.5 Million to Nigerian Community Damaged by Oil Spill

January 9, 2015 9:06 am | by Michelle Faul, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay a Nigerian fishing community $83.5 million for the worst oil spill in Nigeria, an unprecedented settlement that experts say could open a floodgate of litigation there and abroad.  Shell also has agreed to a long-overdue cleanup, but a U.N. report has said it could take 30 years to properly restore the ruined mangrove swamps. 

Divers Continue Search for Black Box

January 9, 2015 8:54 am | by Achmad Ibrahim, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Strong currents and blinding silt thwarted divers' attempt to find AirAsia Flight 8501's black boxes, which are believed to still be in the recently discovered tail of the crashed plane.  The flight data and cockpit voice recorders are crucial to helping determine what caused the jet carrying 162 passengers and crew to vanish on Dec. 28, halfway into a two-hour flight between Surabaya, Indonesia, and Singapore.

All Boards Should Heed the Sony Hack

January 6, 2015 11:29 am | by Pete O'Dell | Articles | Comments

Pete O'Dell discusses how lessons from the Sony hack attack that might motivate boards of directors to start taking proactive measures against attacks that could potentially have much broader scope than having customer data compromised and e-mails leaked.  

Making a 'Continuity Resolution' for the New Year

January 6, 2015 10:45 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The book is closed on 2014 and with a new year comes a new set of resolutions.  To help grow your business continuity program, consider making a 'continuity resolution,' to build support from executives and change the way they look at resilience.

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