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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...

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...

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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. 

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.

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Can a Hospital be 'Ebola Proof?'

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

 What does it take to Ebola-proof a hospital?  Over the past few months, U.S. medical centers have spent millions of dollars putting together a plan to treat patients with the scary, but extremely rare disease.  To a large extent, it has been an exercise in improvisation.

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.

Police Detain Six People as Protests Intensify in Hong Kong

November 21, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions spiked at democracy protests that have gripped Hong Kong for nearly two months as a small group of activists clashed with police while trying to break into the city's legislature.  Police detained six people in the overnight clashes and warned of more arrests. The scuffles came hours after authorities enforced a court order to clear some barricades from a small section of a nearby site occupied by pro-democracy activists.

Homes, Businesses Evacuated After Chemical Mixture Bursts Into Flames

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility.  A vacuum truck exploded into flames at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co., spreading about 1,200 gallons of a waste chemical mixture that contained sulfuric acid and a highly combustible organic peroxide, fire officials said.

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.

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Questions You Need to Answer Before Adopting a Hybrid Cloud for Your Enterprise

November 18, 2014 10:29 am | by Rentsys Recovery Services | Rentsys Recovery Services | Blogs | Comments

Hybrid clouds are making it possible for enterprises to take advantage of the mobility and convenience of managing some resources via the public cloud without sacrificing the security of managing critical applications and sensitive data within an on-premise private cloud.  If you’re considering joining the ranks of hybrid cloud adopters, take the time to ask yourself some key questions to decide if hybrid cloud is right for you. 

Top Five: 2014 Extreme Weather Events

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Few things can shut down business operations like an extreme weather event.  They are unpredictable, dangerous and very, very difficult to plan for.  Here are a few of the more unique and dangerous extreme weather events the world has seen in 2014. 

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.

State of Aging Structures a Concern in New Orleans' French Quarter

November 17, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The collapse of a 210-year-old building in the heart of the French Quarter is raising warning flags about decay and a lack of rigorous inspections in one of America's oldest and most fragile neighborhoods.  No one was injured when the three-story, brick-and-cypress building collapsed in late October, but the episode has thrown into focus an array of problems throughout the nearly 300-year-old Quarter.

Up to 70 Percent Of Cyber Attacks Start Internally

November 14, 2014 10:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Jeff Reinke and Bridget Bergin of Manufacturing.net discuss cyber attacks and how an overwhelming number of those attacks start internally.  Topics covered include fog computing, security within a network’s infrastructure, and the open source nature of IoT.

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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.

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.

BP's $17 Million Rock Pile Repairs Island Sliced in Two by Katrina

November 11, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Katrina swamped Alabama's narrow Dauphin Island in 2005, creating a pass that grew from a few dozen feet to about 1.5 miles wide by the time the oil spill occurred in 2010. The cut left more than 7 miles of pristine beach inaccessible by foot on the island's uninhabited western end.  But then BP's Macondo well blew off the coast of Louisiana and spewed oil — and cash — into the Gulf region.

Quarantine Rules Making Aid Workers Hesitant to Travel to West Africa

November 11, 2014 8:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As Ebola-related quarantine policies have arisen around the United States, some health workers are reassessing whether, or how long, they can be among the hundreds that officials say are needed to fight the outbreak, Potential volunteers are anxious about what they might come back to, especially after seeing new rules arise so rapidly.

Summer Fires Have Having Lingering Effect on Tourism

November 10, 2014 4:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shortly after a wildfire blew up in north-central Washington in July, cancellations started pouring in to Sun Mountain Lodge.  In short order, the resort had 800 cancellations - not only for the summer months, but for the fall, too.  

Stovepipe: Great for Hats, Not Crisis Communication

November 7, 2014 10:35 am | by John Tempesco | Athoc | Blogs | Comments

John Tempesco, Senior Director of Marketing at AtHoc, Inc, discusses how many organizations "stovepipe" crisis communications, why that is harmful to those organizations and how to create an emergency notification plan that reaches across an entire business. 

Approval Given for Restart of Nuclear Power Plant

November 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A governor gave final approval Friday for a nuclear power plant to restart in southern Japan, the first to resume operations under new safety rules imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns caused by an earthquake and tsunami.

Panel Reaffirms Ruling, BP Still Liable for 2010 Oil Spill

November 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court panel has reaffirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the latest loss for the oil giant as it fights court decisions that could ultimately bring $18 billion in penalties.

Sierra Leone Lacks Facilities to Deal With Ebola Outbreak

November 6, 2014 2:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the past 21 days there have been 1,174 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, almost triple the 398 new cases in Liberia and more than quadruple the 256 new cases in Guinea, according to figures released Wednesday by the World Health Organization.  While Sierra Leone accounts for almost two-thirds of new cases, there are only an estimated 400 beds in Ebola treatment units in the whole country.

Why Someone Else’s Data Breach Affects You

November 4, 2014 11:12 am | by Michael Chaly and Michael Dunn, Lootok | Lootok Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

Michael Chaly and Michael Dunn of Lootok discuss how data breaches, even those at other organizations, can effect your company.  They discuss how cyber crime has a "ripple effect" and how effective business continuity planning can prevent attacks.

Canada Suspending Visa Applications for Residents of Ebola-stricken Nations

November 4, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

 Canada's government said it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of the Ebola virus.  With the decision, Canada joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.

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