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Speaker's Soapbox: William Marotz of Schneider National, Inc.

November 25, 2014 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

William Marotz,  Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Coordinator for logistics company Schneider National, Inc., will give a presentation called "Orange Trucks and Wild Tornadoes - A Case Study."  His presentation will be a case study of an April, 2012 tornado that struck Schneider's operating center in Dallas, Texas focusing on the company's actions before and after the disaster.

Video: The Three Basic Types of Behavioral Reactions to Disasters

November 25, 2014 10:45 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Steve Crimando, Principal in Behavioral Science Applications, discusses three types of basic...

Rioters Damage Businesses In Ferguson, St. Louis

November 25, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday...

Officials Already Preparing for Next Outbreak

November 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials...

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Rain, Winter Weather Welcomed in California as Drought Continues

November 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hours of steady rain from northern California's third winter storm in a week raised hopes that the state was moving out of its driest three years in history - while still deeply locked in drought.  After last week's three back-to-back winter storms, much of the state was doing noticeably better for rain than last year, but still well below normal for this point in the year. 

Workers Killed in Chemical Leak Trapped for Hours Before Authorities Were Called

November 25, 2014 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four workers killed by poisonous gas during a recent chemical leak were trapped inside the Texas pesticide plant for an hour before anyone called 911, and no one told dispatchers what substances were inside.  The DuPont plant in La Porte typically housed as much as 250 tons of highly flammable methyl mercaptan.

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Worker Killed During Routine Maintenance Operation

November 25, 2014 8:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker killed in an offshore explosion was cleaning a piece of equipment during routine maintenance at its oil-and-gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico, the company that runs the platform said.  Houston-based Fieldwood Energy LLC said another worker suffered "visible injury" and two others reported ringing in their ears after the explosion, which was reported just before 3 p.m. 

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Video: Better Use of Remote Solutions

November 21, 2014 10:35 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Gerry Nolan, President and CEO of Eagle Rock Alliance, discusses use of remote solutions during recent disasters, why those solutions have been effective and why business continuity professionals need to make using these solutions a primary focus.

Crimando Discusses Crowd, Mob Psychology at ACP Event

November 21, 2014 10:24 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York City Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its November meeting at Rabobank on Thursday, Nov. 20.  The event featured a presentation by Steve Crimando about crowd and mob behavior and violence and how they can have a negative effect on businesses.

Home Depot Reports Profit Increase, But Can't Account for All Possible Losses from Breach

November 21, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Home Depot's third-quarter profit rose 14 percent, suggesting that a huge data breach announced exactly two months ago has not shaken the faith of its customers.  The nation's biggest home improvement retailer stuck to its outlook for all of 2014, but said that it could not account for all possible losses from a data breach it revealed in September that affected 56 million debit and credit cards.

BP Trying to Oust Juneau With Lawsuit

November 19, 2014 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  BP has long complained about Patrick Juneau's administration of claims. It sought his removal by a federal judge in motions claiming that he had a conflict of interest.

New Agency Established in Wake of Ferry Sinking Incident

November 19, 2014 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea formally launched a new safety agency in the wake of April's ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly teenage students, and exposed shortcomings in disaster response.  The new ministry has about 10,045 employees, becoming the fifth largest government department, according to the home affairs ministry.

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Portable Showers Set Up for Those Affected by Drought

November 19, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.  Until now, many have been forced to bathe from buckets and drink bottled water.

Surgeon Being Treated for Ebola in Omaha Succumbs to the Virus

November 17, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said.  Dr. Martin Salia died of the disease shortly after 4 a.m., Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said.

Former Massey CEO Blankenship Indicted

November 17, 2014 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Facing criminal charges in the deadliest U.S. coal mine disaster in four decades, ex-coal baron Don Blankenship has fallen silent for the first time in a while.  A gag order issued shortly after the 43-page indictment this week means Blankenship will have to hit pause on the defiant public relations campaign he's waged since the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia.

More than 170 Passengers Contracted Virus During Cruise

November 17, 2014 3:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nearly monthlong cruise that saw more than 170 passengers get sick with the gastrointestinal illness norovirus has ended in Los Angeles with a thorough cleaning of the ship. Carnival's Crown Princess docked at the Port of Los Angeles after the voyage that took more than 4,100 people from Los Angeles to Hawaii to Tahiti and back.

Safe America Foundation Presented 2014 WorldSafe Awards Nov. 8

November 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Safe America Foundation | Articles | Comments

The Safe America Foundation presented its WorldSafe Awards on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Delta Flight Museum in Hapeville, Ga. Individuals and organizations across various categories were recognized for their contributions to safety both nationally and internationally.

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School Tests Active Shooter Alarm System

November 13, 2014 4:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A simulated school shooting  showed what "active shooter" technology could do to help police catch a gunman if the horrible threat ever strikes as it has at other schools across the country.  Smoke alarm-sized sensors installed in classrooms, hallways and other points throughout the building were activated by the sounds of gunfire, and police officers were immediately able to track his movements and quickly subdue him.

Nurses Strike Over Patient Care Standards, Ebola

November 13, 2014 4:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 As many as 18,000 nurses went on strike Tuesday and picketed in front of Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California to express their concerns about patient-care standards and Ebola.  The nurses, who are in the midst of contract negotiations, held red and yellow "strike for health and safety" picket signs. The two-day strike was expected to affect at least 21 Kaiser hospitals and 35 clinics and lasted until 7 a.m. Thursday.

Students Still Missing, Protests Impacting Tourism

November 13, 2014 4:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As Mexico prepares to commemorate its 1910 revolution, hotels in Acapulco have seen a wave of cancellations after demonstrators temporarily shut down the airport, blocked highways and attacked government and political offices in the southern state of Guerrero.

Clinical Trial of Possible Ebola Vaccine Should Begin in January 2015

November 13, 2014 2:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A top U.S. health official says long-anticipated clinical trials of a possible Ebola vaccine will start soon in West Africa, as the global response to the outbreak took on added urgency with new cases in Mali and reports that the death toll has surpassed 5,000.

Lawyers for Gas, Oil Companies Ask Judge to Throw Out Louisiana Flood Board Lawsuit

November 13, 2014 2:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies asked a federal judge to toss out a Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against them over damage drilling and dredging has done to Louisiana's fragile coast.  U.S. District Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown heard more than two hours of arguments on multiple issues related to the case.

Cyber Security a Serious Focus for Tibet Activists

November 13, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Buffeted by persistent cyberattacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed: Detach from attachments.  The Internet safety slogan, one of several messages championed by digital security group Tibet Action Institute, is an example of how human rights defenders are seeking creative ways to protect activists from electronic espionage.

Avalution Releases ‘Business Continuity Management 101: Key Activities and Outcomes’ Educational Video Series

November 13, 2014 7:33 am | by Avalution | Avalution Consulting | Product Releases | Comments

Avalution Consulting announced today the release of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) 101: Key Activities and Outcomes educational video series.  The six videos in this series examine each phase in the business continuity planning life-cycle.

Water Issues Slowing Fukushima Cleanup

November 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods due to another ongoing issue. 

Continuity Insights Reader Survey 2014

November 11, 2014 10:49 am | by CI Staff | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights values its readers and subscribers and the countless years of business continuity experience they bring to the table.  That is why we are inviting you to take part in our 2014 Countinuity Insights Reader Survey, which can be found here.  We want to provide our readers with the best experience possible and we appreciate any and all feedback.

Top Five: Reasons to Prepare for Winter Weather Right Now

November 11, 2014 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As temperatures begin to drop, winter weather will soon be upon us.  Snow, ice, hail and “wintery mix” can bring a host of problems for business continuity professionals and their teams.  Here are five reasons you should begin making preparations for winter weather right now.

Supply Chain-wide Exercises are Key to Business Continuity

November 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Emily Lord, RX Response | Blogs | Comments

Emily Lord, Director of Operations for RX Response discusses supply chain resilience, the importance of staging exercises for organizations and the results and lessons learned from a nationwide digital exercise the group ran earlier this year.

Inside the Mind of a Hacker: Jeremy Hammond

November 11, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A hacktivist for more than a decade, Hammond, 29, was arrested in 2012 after penetrating the U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor, whose clients include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department.  He'd been working with a subgroup of the loose-knit hacking movement "Anonymous" when a member of the group enlisted him to help break into Stratfor's systems.

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