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Speaker's Soapbox: Lynnda Nelson of The ICOR

December 19, 2014 10:42 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Lynnda Nelson, President of The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR), will present "Aligning Your BCM Program to ISO 22301."  In her presentation, Nelson will discuss how organizations can incorporate the new ISO 22301 standards into their business continuity programs and how implimenting those standards can help them become more resilient.

Study Says Federal Government Not Fully Prepared to Handle Nuclear Attack, Large Scale Catastrophe

December 19, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The federal government isn't fully prepared...

Officials Calling Sony Hack 'Most Damaging Ever'

December 19, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S....

Prosecutors Charge 14 People Involved in 2012 Meningitis Outbreak

December 18, 2014 4:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012...

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Looking Forward: Business Continuity in 2015

December 16, 2014 10:37 am | by CI Staff | Articles | Comments

What's in store for business continuity in the coming year? How will this continally evolving landscape change and what will be its impact on the state of resiliency and our profession? Read further as we hear from some of the industry's leading executives on how the coming year promises to bring more challenges, innovation, and disruption.

Speaker's Soapbox: Jim Mitchell of eBRP Solutions

December 16, 2014 10:32 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Jim Mitchell, Director at eBRP Soultuions, will present "20 Things You Should Plan For (But Probably Forgot)."  The presentation will focus on twenty small but critical details that could make or break a business continuity plan and result in disaster if they are not accounted for.

Speaker's Soapbox: Kim Hirsch and Jill Gibbs of Target

December 11, 2014 4:54 pm | Articles | Comments

Kim Hirsch and Jill Gibbs of Target will present "Innovation and the Art of the BIA."  Their presentation will focus on conducting large scale BIAs, what organizations need to look for while conducting a BIA and how to elicit consistent feedback through a multi-stage approach.

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Speaker's Soapbox: Dick Donovan of M&T Bank

December 8, 2014 3:56 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Dick Donovan, Vice President of M&T Bank, will present "Creativity & Continuity: Using Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Tools" on Wednesday, April 22 at 10:15 a.m.  The presentation will focus on various problem solving techniques and provide participants with materials and information that they can begin using in their organization immediately.

'Bad Data' A Serious Problem in the Midst of the Ebola Outbreak

December 8, 2014 3:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As health officials struggle to contain the world's biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, their efforts are being complicated by another problem: bad data.  Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control strategies.

Supreme Court Upholds BP Settlement

December 8, 2014 2:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP on the hook to pay inflated and bogus claims by businesses.

Video: The Resilient Technology Collaborative

December 5, 2014 11:32 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Fred Bowne, Managing Principal at Aristata and and Director of the Resilient Technology Collaborative, discusses the goals of the RTC and how they hope to help business continuity professionals solve shared tech challenges from across the industry.

Speaker's Soapbox: Daniel Olbur of VW Credit, Inc.

December 5, 2014 10:56 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Daniel Olbur, Business Continuity Analyst for VW Credit, Inc., will host a session called "Creating a BC Playbook: Business Continuity Planning for Sports Fans."  His presentation will focus on preparing laying the foundation for an effective BC plan and preparing like a sports team for a big game through practice, repitition, exercise and muscle memory.  

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Ebola, Quarantines Causing Difficulty for Volunteer Healthcare Workers

December 5, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical missionary organizations have said they are concerned that the mandatory quarantines several states have put in place for medical workers returning from three West African countries will stop some medical workers from volunteering.  

Deforestation Could be Contributing to Brazil Drought

December 5, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For weeks, the taps in her home have run dry as Sao Paulo has suffered its worst drought in eight decades, with rainfall at one-third the normal level.  A growing consensus of scientists believes the answer to what is happening to Oliveria and her neighbors lies not in the sky above their heads but in decades of deforestation of Amazon rainforest hundreds of miles away.

Dallas Officials Say Emergency Ebola Response Cost City About $155,000

December 5, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the emergency response to the Ebola crisis in Dallas cost the city about $155,000, including nearly $27,000 to care for the dog of a nurse infected with the virus.  City officials released a statement Wednesday outlining the expenses incurred since Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in September.

Crews Rescue 14 People Stranded by Flash Flood

December 5, 2014 8:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say 14 people were rescued after their cars became stranded in a flash flood in a Southern California community during the third straight day of rain.According to reports, five vehicles got stuck  as several feet of mud and water roared over a rural road near Gilman Hot Springs in Riverside County.

Speaker's Soapbox: David Lindstedt of Readiness Analytics

December 2, 2014 10:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

David Lindstedt of Readiness Analytics will host an interactive session called "Measuring Preparedness and Predicting Recoverability: A Hands-on Workshop."  This session will introduce attendees to a proven measurement and metrics model and allow them to try it out right away.  The model focuses on measuring resources, procedures and competencies to determine how prepared your organization is. 

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Sierra Leone to Get More Ebola Treatment Beds, Still Understaffed

December 2, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone will soon see a dramatic increase in desperately needed Ebola treatment beds, but it's still not clear who will staff them, according to the top United Nations official in the fight against the disease.  Ebola has sickened more than 16,000 people of whom nearly 7,000 have died, according to figures released by the World Health Organization.

Back-to-Back Storms Help Mitigate California Drought, but Mudslides a Concern

December 2, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Storm watches were posted for a large swath of the Sierra Nevada, where a huge amount of the state's water supply is normally stored as snowpack.  Any delight over the prospect of beneficial precipitation was tempered by concerns about the threat of debris flows from the many areas of California where wildfires have burned away vegetation that would keep soil stable.

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 reactions to disasters, the challenges those reactions present and why it is critical for business continuity professionals to prepare for them in the workplace.

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 morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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. 

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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.

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.

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