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Psychological Effects of Sandy Still Linger

October 29, 2014 11:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New York health officials estimate about 700,000 residents are still experiencing mental health problems from the storm, which hit on Oct 29, 2012. New Jersey officials did not have a similar estimate but in the 15 months after Sandy, the state supported a disaster mental health program that served 500,000 people.

'Social Resilience' Has Major Impact on Community Preparedness

October 28, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey suggests "social resilience"...

Officials Say 407 People Rescued in Nepal after Blizzards

October 21, 2014 9:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 39 people...

Lowther Addresses Guaranteed Housing During Disasters

October 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Michelle Lowther, Principal in Continuity Housing, discussed securing hotel rooms for critical...

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Ebola Scare Has Dallas Residents On Edge

October 10, 2014 8:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dallas is a city on edge as public-health officials wait to see if any of the people who may have been exposed to Ebola develop symptoms of the deadly disease.  Several residents of the neighborhood where a Liberian man emerged as the first U.S.-diagnosed Ebola case told city officials they had been sent home from work.

New York City Officials, Advocates Strike Deal to Help Disabled Residents in Disasters

October 3, 2014 4:52 pm | News | Comments

Advocates and city officials said they've struck a deal to protect nearly 900,000 residents with disabilities during disasters.  The deal resulted from a federal class action lawsuit brought in 2011, a year before Superstorm Sandy left many disabled residents stranded in high-rise buildings and other areas, unsure where to turn for help.

U.S. Ebola Patient Infected by Neighbor in Liberia

October 3, 2014 4:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thomas Eric Duncan rushed to help his 19-year-old neighbor when she began convulsing days after first complaining of stomach pain. Everyone assumed her health problems were related to her being 7 months pregnant. Still, no ambulance came as Ebola decimates Liberia's capital.  Duncan is now hospitalized in a special isolation ward in Texas after he fell ill only after leaving Liberia.

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Safe America Foundation Announces 2014 WorldSafe Award Winners

October 3, 2014 10:12 am | by Editor | Safe America Foundation | Blogs | Comments

The 2014 Safe America WorldSafe Award recipients have been selected.  The Safe America Foundation announced that the winners will be presented their recognition on Saturday, November 8 at a gala dinner at the new Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta.  Among those selected this year are a number of individuals, firms, government agencies and NGOs.

Civil Unrest a Challenge for Business Continuity Professionals

August 26, 2014 9:09 am | by Steven Crimando | Articles | Comments

In the wake of recent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Continuity Insights New York Presenter Steven Crimando discusses the threat of collective violence, the challenges it poses from a business continuity prespective and steps to take in the event of a large crowd gathering.

The Perfect Storm: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

August 5, 2014 11:09 am | by Ed Schlichtenmyer, Business Continuity and Quality Manager at ImpactWeather | Articles | Comments

Ed Schlichtenmyer, Business Continuity and Quality Manager at ImpactWeather, discusses the importance of being prepared for a pandemic or epidemic, common pandemic misconseptions and why it is important for business continuity practitioners in the corporate world to be prepared.

Employee Opens Fire at FedEx Sorting Center

April 29, 2014 1:17 pm | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

A FedEx employee wearing bullets draped across his chest "like Rambo" opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before apparently committing suicide, police and witnesses said. Three of the wounded were hospitalized in critical condition, including two who were in surgery with life-threatening injuries.

Video: Holder Urges Approval of $15M for Shooter Training

April 15, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In a video message posted on the Justice Department website Tuesday, the attorney general says training is critical since patrol officers who arrive first on the scene are increasingly being relied on to respond directly to shooters rather than waiting for SWAT teams.

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Army: Fort Hood Suspect Had Requested Leave

April 8, 2014 11:12 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Army investigators on Monday released a more detailed timeline of last week's fatal shooting at Fort Hood, describing an eight-minute rampage in which the suspect fired 35 shots over an area spanning the equivalent of two city blocks.   

Aurora Victims Honored, Gun Groups Stage Protest

July 22, 2013 2:04 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT,Associated Press | News | Comments

Survivors of mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut gathered with dozens of supporters Friday in a suburban Denver park to honor those killed in the massacre at an Aurora movie theater.                                            

Lawsuit In MN's Deadliest Workplace Shooting Can Proceed

July 8, 2013 2:57 pm | by AMY FORLITI,Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Santa Monica College Reopens After Deadly Shooting

June 10, 2013 11:44 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH,Associated Press | News | Comments

Santa Monica College reopened under extra security Monday except for the library, where police shot and killed a heavily armed gunman after a rampage that left five people dead. Counselors were on hand and a candlelight vigil was planned for Monday evening in front of the library.

Police Vow To Solve Shootings Of 19 In New Orleans

May 13, 2013 9:38 am | by CHEVEL JOHNSON,Associated Press | News | Comments

Video released early Monday by New Orleans police shows a possible suspect in the Mother's Day gunfire that wounded 19 people during a neighborhood parade. Shootings at parades and neighborhood celebrations have become more common in recent years as the city has struggled with street crime, sometimes gang-related.

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Man Pulls Gun In Utah Police Lobby

April 29, 2013 4:14 pm | by BRADY MCCOMBS,Associated Press | News | Comments

A man who told authorities months ago that he wanted to be killed by police entered a suburban Salt Lake City police station and pointed a gun at an officer and a records clerk, prompting a shootout. The gunbattle at about 8:30 a.m. also disrupted the downtown morning commute, temporarily halting light-rail and bus service in the area.

Investigators Seek Answers After Boston Bombings

April 16, 2013 8:01 am | by JIMMY GOLEN,Associated Press | News | Comments

The bombs that blew up seconds apart at the finish line of one of the world's most storied races left the streets spattered with blood and glass, and three dead. Federal investigators said no one had claimed responsibility for the bombings on one of the city's most famous civic holidays, Patriots Day. But the blasts among the throngs of spectators raised fears of a terrorist attack.

Two Killed As Two Bombs Explode At Boston Marathon

April 15, 2013 5:37 pm | by JIMMY GOLEN,Associated Press | News | Comments

Two bombs exploded near the crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 50 others in a terrifying scene of broken glass, smoke and severed limbs, authorities said. A third blast rocked the John F. Kennedy Library a few miles away and more than an hour later. 

Studies Tie Stress From Storms, War To Heart Risks

March 11, 2013 12:27 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE,AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Disasters and prolonged stress can raise "fight or flight" hormones that affect blood pressure, blood sugar and other things in ways that make heart trouble more likely, doctors say. They also provoke anger and helplessness and spur heart-harming behaviors like eating or drinking too much.

Leadership, Counselors Support Chiefs Players Following Belcher Tragedy

December 4, 2012 9:03 am | by DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

The Kansas City Chiefs returned to work Monday at their practice facility near Arrowhead Stadium, trying to find a sense of normalcy after two days of unimaginable heartache. Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt was there to lend support to an organization in mourning. Chaplains and outside counselors were brought in to help players and staff come to grips with tragedy.

Disgruntled Worker Opens Fire Outside Empire State Building

August 24, 2012 11:08 am | by COLLEEN LONG & TOM HAYS, Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Two law enforcement officials in New York City say a recently fired store worker shot a former colleague to death and then randomly opened fire on others near the Empire State Building. The officials say eight other people were struck by bullets but those injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

From Columbine To Norway: Planning For Today's Active Shooter Events

December 20, 2011 9:40 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

CI speaks with crisis experts, a disaster recovery practitioner and notification vendors about the recent events in Norway, active shooter events in the U.S., crisis management srategies, active shooter protocols and crisis communications.

The Four Stages Of Highly Effective Crisis Management

October 17, 2011 12:58 pm | News | Comments

Developing a crisis communication plan that allows managers to act quickly, deliberately and strategically has never been more important.

10 Years On: Lessons From 9/11

September 21, 2011 6:04 am | by Joe Flach, Consultant, Safe Harbor Consulting, LLC | Articles | Comments

Everything we knew about communications, congregation points, crisis management, leadership styles, succession plans, SPOFs and mental health either changed or was reaffirmed by the events of 9/11.

Predictive Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Traits for Effective Crisis Leadership

April 26, 2009 8:00 pm | by Robert C. Chandler Ph.D., Chair Communication Division | Articles | Comments

Crises demand swift and effective leadership; yet there are many challenges in selecting, training, and assessing personnel for the skills and abilities necessary for effective crisis leadership. Crisis leaders are highly specialized managers wh...

Are You Really Ready to Lead During a Crisis?

April 23, 2007 8:00 pm | by Bruce T. Blythe | Articles | Comments

At the heart of any crisis response are strategic decisions that will serve as “defining moments.” These strategic decisions have the critical power to bring you and your organization swiftly toward successful resolution, or they can spiral you ...

Incident Management Planning: Assessing a Workplace Violence Incident Management Plan

February 28, 2006 7:00 pm | by Albert J. Marcella | Articles | Comments

This article focuses on the topic of workplace violence, the assessment of an organization’s incident management plan, and the critical role placed upon an effective incident management plan to successfully address such an occurrence within an organization.

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