As Typhoon Haiyan tore across the eastern Philippines, coconut plantations older than the fathers of the men who tend them were smashed like matchsticks and call centers that field customer service gripes from around the world fell silent. The storm that killed thousands also wrecked livelihoods in the worst hit region, a blow that will ripple long after the disaster fades from attention.
A 20-year-old gunman intent on dying fired multiple shots inside New Jersey's largest shopping...
A dry ice explosion occurred late Monday at Los Angeles International Airport, but there were no...
The first 72 hours of a crisis are critical for any company or organization because the media...
A new portable radar device from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory can detect heartbeats and breathing of victims trapped under rubble in a disaster. This video from NASA describes FINDER: radar designed to locate disaster victims.
Police say a man walked into a New York light fixture company where he had done business and opened fire, killing an employee, wounding another person and leading to the lockdown of a nearby mall. The shooting occurred near the Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, about 30 miles east of New York City.
My first real encounter with mass notification happened when my university implemented a campus-wide alert system. When I look back at this experience — after becoming more familiar with mass notification and crisis communication system options, strategies, and best practices throughout the years — I can’t help but put myself in administration’s shoes.
Avalution Consulting Releases Live Incident Management & Bullhorn Emergency Notification Features For Catalyst Business Continuity SoftwareSeptember 19, 2013 12:26 pm | by Avalution Consulting | News | Comments
Avalution Consulting — a leading provider of business continuity consulting and software solutions — has announced the release of two new features for the Catalyst business continuity software suite — live incident management and Bullhorn emergency notification.
A defense-industry employee used his pass to get into the Washington Navy Yard and went on a deadly shooting rampage Monday, spraying bullets in the hallway and firing from a balcony on workers in an atrium below. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman.
A security screener at Los Angeles International Airport has been taken into custody after quitting his job and making threats that led officials to clear and search terminals at the airport, the FBI said in a statement Wednesday. The airport is the nation's third busiest airport, according to its website.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who is resigning next week, expressed disappointment Tuesday during her farewell remarks that Congress failed to pass a law providing a path to citizenship for many young immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
Speakers’ Soapbox: Harvey Betan On Avoiding Red Herrings & Lessons Learned From The Boston Marathon BombingAugust 27, 2013 9:45 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments
In the leadup to the Continuity Insights New York Conference, October 15-16, 2013 at the AMA Executive Conference Center in the heart of Times Square, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, critical business continuity skills and hypothetical Central Park statues. This week, Harvey Betan, Associate Principal, Risk Masters Inc., discusses how to focus on the big picture.
Investigators in a north Florida town say they're working to determine what led a trucking company employee to go on a shooting spree that left himself, his former boss and a former coworker dead — and two others wounded. Authorities say Hubert Allen Jr., 72, drove to locations Florida's Union County and shot the men Saturday.
The 911 tapes from a frightening standoff and shooting at an Atlanta-area school show how a school employee's calm demeanor and kind approach helped end the ordeal without any injuries. Police said Wednesday that school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff was heroic in how she responded after being taken hostage a day earlier by Michael Brandon Hill, a 20-year-old man with a history of mental health issues.
Two men stand anxiously at the classroom entrance and another lies seriously wounded beside a wall outside. The drill is part of a training program the FBI is helping run for local law enforcement agents nationwide. Acting on a White House directive and partnering with a Texas-based training center, the FBI this year has been teaching best practices for responding to mass shootings.
As part of their business continuity management (BCM) efforts, companies today are re-thinking their approach to crisis management, but are still behind in leveraging social media as a crucial resource, according to the new Business Continuity Insights Survey by PwC US.
Two friends of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber have been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Dias Kadyrbayev (DYE'-us kad-uhr-BYE'-ev) and Azamat Tazhayakov (AHZ'-maht tuh-ZAYE'-uh-kov) are accused of trying to dispose of evidence from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehvz) dorm room.
A rail company whose runaway oil train caused a fire and explosion that killed 47 people in a small town in Canada filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. and Canada on Wednesday, and an attorney said he expects company executives to explore putting it up for sale within weeks.
International flights began landing and taking off from Nairobi's fire-damaged airport Thursday, and officials said they expected to return to full operations by day's end. Kenyan officials, assisted by members of the FBI, began investigating the cause of the fire.
A man feuding with officials in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains over conditions at his ramshackle, trash-filled property blasted his way into a municipal meeting and killed three people before being tackled and shot with his own gun, authorities said.
Dougan is no policeman. He's the assistant principal of this school in Arkansas, and when classes resume in August, he will walk the halls with a 9 mm handgun. Dougan is among more than 20 teachers, administrators and other school employees in this town who will carry concealed weapons throughout the school day, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus.
Police say a man killed himself after firing numerous shots inside and outside of a law office in Louisiana. Acting Covington Police Chief Jack West identified the suspect as 47-year-old Roderick Rist of Slidell. West says police began receiving numerous emergency calls about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday about a man standing in a parking lot and firing a weapon.
The Spanish prime minister's office admits it made an embarrassing mistake when it sent out a condolence message to the victims of a train derailment that killed 80 in Spain by including a sentence from an earlier statement expressing regret over deaths in a Chinese earthquake.
Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s admission Monday that contaminated water containing radioactive substances has seeped from under the premises of its disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean came about a month after the problem surfaced. The company's slow action is making local fishermen increasingly distrustful of the utility.
Emergency communication strategies have evolved greatly over the last few decades, but the very evolution that has changed notifications for the better has also created some confusion. Information technology capabilities are increasing with regard to bandwidth and throughput.
From an outsider’s perspective, Sandy Hook Elementary school did everything right. They practiced active-shooter drills, locked the campus doors every morning after 9:30 AM, and relied on an access control system.
The family of Jacob Beneke, 34, sued Accent Signage and the estate of gunman Andrew Engeldinger in February, alleging the company should have known from Engeldinger's work history that he was potentially dangerous. Engeldinger, 36, pulled a gun at a Sept. 27 meeting in which he was being fired and killed Beneke, four other co-workers and a UPS deliveryman before taking his own life.
The tragic and sad events of April 15, 2013 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon remind us that we are never far away from terrorism. Business continuity planners should be thinking about the effects of a terrorist attack near their places of work and develop plans to address the threat.
At the 2013 Continuity Insights Chicago conference, Continuity Insights sat down with Ron LaPedis — workforce continuity strategist at SunGard Availability Services, information security and business continuity guru, author and blogger — to learn more about mobility and how it fits into business continuity and disaster recovery before, after and during crises.
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