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ATAP to Hold Lincoln Center Conference March 30-31

February 24, 2015 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) is holding its annual spring regional conference in the northeast. The ATAP conference will be held at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City on March 30-31. 

Retired Doctor Discusses Experience With Measles

February 23, 2015 4:26 pm | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Dr. Frank Jagdis knows measles. As a medical student in the pre-vaccination 1960s and later as a...

Federal Study Reveals Grim Projections on Train Derailments

February 23, 2015 4:12 pm | by Matthew Brown and Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average...

Investigation Into Derailment Begins as Cleanup Continues

February 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Pat Ramsey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A full-scale federal investigation of an oil train derailment in southern West Virginia has...

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North Korea Bans Foreigners from Marathon Over Ebola Concerns

February 23, 2015 3:19 pm | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

Further restricting travel to the already isolated country, North Korea barred foreigners from one of its most popular tourist events — the annual Pyongyang marathon — because of concerns over the Ebola virus, travel agencies said.  North Korean media have suggested Ebola was created by the U.S. military as a biological weapon.

Attacks Make Vaccination in Pakistan Difficult

February 18, 2015 2:27 pm | by Rebecca Santana, Associated Press | News | Comments

While vaccine distrust has sparked debates amid a measles outbreak in the United States, Pakistan is in a deadly battle to wipe out polio.  Long eradicated in the West, polio remains endemic in Pakistan after the Taliban banned vaccinations, attacks targeted medical staffers and suspicions lingered about the inoculations.

'Higher Safety Standards' for Tank Cars May Not be Enough

February 18, 2015 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be costly.

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New Restrictions Considered as Drought Continues in California

February 18, 2015 1:54 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials are considering new water restrictions as California's drought drags on, possibly forcing residents to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels.  The State Water Resources Control Board floated the ideas at an informational hearing Tuesday as it considers extending and expanding mandatory water-use rules.

West Virginia Train Derails, Causes Fires, Threatens Water Supply

February 17, 2015 11:35 am | by John Raby and Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Fires burned for hours after a train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm in West Virginia, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents, authorities and residents said.

Bankruptcy Judge Calls for Meeting in Freedom Industries Case

February 17, 2015 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A federal bankruptcy judge is calling for parties to meet to discuss how to conclude the case of Freedom Industries, whose January 2014 chemical spill caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.  A potential insurance settlement could pay for projects that benefit the affected residents, like additional water testing or health studies.

Family of Worker Killed in Overpass Collapse Sues Ohio DOT

February 12, 2015 9:40 am | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The parents of a worker killed when a highway overpass collapsed have sued Ohio's Department of Transportation, charging negligence and carelessness.  The lawsuit charges that the department was negligent and breached its duty by allowing improper and unsafe conditions at the site for work.

When Communicating Online, Think Before you Send

February 10, 2015 11:20 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram allow for messages to be distributed to massive amounts of people very quickly and can be a valuable tool for business continuity professionals.  However, a single unfortunate message or poorly timed tweet can cause serious damage, especially to an organization or individual’s reputation.

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TransAsia Airways Begins Compensating Families of Taiwan Crash Victims

February 9, 2015 3:36 pm | by Gladys Tsai, Associated Press | News | Comments

TransAsia Airways representatives met with relatives of the victims of last week's plane crash in Taiwan to discuss compensation after it began distributing money to families of the deceased for funeral costs.  At least 40 people died after the propeller-jet crashed into the muddy Keelung River minutes after takeoff Wednesday from Taipei's airport. Fifteen of the 58 people aboard the plane were rescued.

Taiwan Plane Crash Adds to Recent Troubles for Airlines Based in Asia

February 5, 2015 11:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Taiwanese plane crashed into a shallow river on Wednesday, the latest accident in a tragic 12 months for Asian air travel.  Asian airlines have seen a rash of crashes in recent months, raising questions about safety and the next step for the industry.

Petrobras CEO, Five Others to Step Down Amid Scandal

February 5, 2015 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Embattled Brazilian oil company Petrobras said the company's chief executive officer and five other top figures stepped down amid a long-running and massive kickback scandal at the firm.  None of the top officials are facing charges of wrongdoing, but prosecutors have said the investigation is still in its early stages.

Growing Airlines in Asia Facing Safety Challenges

February 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Scott Mayerowitz and David Koenig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly crash of a TransAsia plane into a river in Taiwan is again focusing the world's attention on the safety challenges facing fast-growing Asian airlines.  TransAsia and others like it are rushing to keep up with a travel boom driven by the region's growing middle class.

Persuasive Presentations Critical for Continuity Pros

February 3, 2015 11:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Whether presenting to clients, supervisors, team members or total strangers, it is important for business continuity professionals to be as persuasive as possible.  A good presentation can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to garnering program support and employee trust.

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Human Testing of Potential Ebola Vaccine Begins in Liberia

February 3, 2015 11:32 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Large-scale human testing of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa.  There is currently no licensed treatment for Ebola, a ghastly virus that has killed at least 60 percent of even its hospitalized victims.

Judge's Decision in BP Trial Still Months Away

February 3, 2015 11:15 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest phase of a trial to determine how much BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill — which could reach $13.7 billion — ended Monday, but a decision from the judge is not expected for months. 

Incidents Reveal Weaknesses in Pipeline Management

January 29, 2015 11:12 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations. 

Winter Storm Brings Different Experiences in New York, New England

January 29, 2015 11:08 am | by Seth Borenstein and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything, which New York and Massachusetts learned too well.  Small last-minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful of inches in New York, leading one forecaster to apologize, the National Weather Service boss to get defensive, politicians to explain themselves and some Northeast residents wondering where the much-hyped snow went.

Executive Uncertain Whether Other BP Entities Will Help With Fine

January 29, 2015 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An executive for the BP subsidiary that faces billions of dollars in possible fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill testified that it is uncertain whether other BP entities would step in to help pay a steep penalty.  The April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers at BP's Macondo well and sent oil spewing into the Gulf for 87 days.

Authorities will Release Report on Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Plane

January 29, 2015 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Civil aviation authorities in Malaysia will release a required report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a day before the one-year anniversary, but it won't have any conclusion on what happened because the search is ongoing.

World Health Organization Eyes Reform After Slow Ebola Response

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.  WHO's chief, Dr. Margaret Chan, acknowledged Sunday that WHO was too slow to grasp the significance of the Ebola outbreak, which is estimated to have killed more than 8,600 people.

Diesel Fuel Spill Leaves 12,000 Without Drinking Water

January 26, 2015 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A diesel fuel spill has left about 12,000 people in southeastern West Virginia without drinking water.  The city of Lewisburg says an estimated 3,975 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a tributary of the Greenbrier River when a tanker truck overturned on Route 92.

Armed Man Kills Co-Worker, Turns Gun on Himself

January 26, 2015 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An employee at a Home Depot store in Manhattan argued with a co-worker before fatally shooting him and then killing himself, police said, sending panicked workers and shoppers rushing to get away from the gunfire.  The 31-year-old man  exchanged words with a 38-year-old co-worker in the store's lighting section and then pulled out a gun.

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.

Measles Outbreak at Disneyland Infects 70

January 22, 2015 10:39 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Seventy people have been infected in a measles outbreak that led California public health officials to urge those who haven't been vaccinated against the disease, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disney parks where the spread originated. 

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 most, important aspects to a successful business continuity program.  Regardless of size, scope or industry, no one wants to do business with an organization that they perceive to be unethical, incompetent or unreliable.  That includes not only customers, but potential business partners or investors as well.      

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