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Liberia Quarantines an Area Where New Ebola Case Appeared

July 1, 2015 10:27 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Liberian authorities quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free.

Family of Businessman Killed in Train Crash Sues Amtrak

June 30, 2015 11:49 am | by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a businessman killed when a speeding passenger train derailed near Philadelphia...

Two Dead After Man Sets Self on Fire on Japanese Bullet Train

June 30, 2015 11:45 am | by Ken Aragaki and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A man set himself on fire on a high-speed bullet train in Japan, killing himself and another...

The Worst Floods of 2015 (So Far)

June 25, 2015 11:17 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Difficult to prepare for and impossible to stop, floods are among the most dangerous disasters...

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Flash Floods Kill Seven, Leave Four Missing in Northern Vietnam

June 25, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A disaster official says flash floods triggered by a tropical storm have killed seven people and left four others missing in a northern Vietnamese province.  Vietnam is prone to floods and storms, which kill hundreds of people each year.

Thousands of Indonesians Refuse to Leave Volcano Danger Zone

June 17, 2015 3:37 pm | by Binsar Bakkara and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Thousands of villagers are refusing to leave their homes on the slopes of one of Indonesia's most volatile volcanoes despite warnings that it is poised for a powerful eruption.  Mount Sinabung, one of about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, has been at the highest alert level for nearly two weeks.

Quake-Hit Nepal Reopens Damaged Heritage Sites for Tourists

June 15, 2015 3:51 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nepal on reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of devastating earthquakes, hoping to lure back foreign tourists.  The April 25 and May 12 quakes killed more than 8,700 people and damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings in Nepal, including old temples, palaces and other historical structures that are popular with tourists.

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NTSB Says Amtrak Engineer Didn't Use Cellphone Before Crash

June 10, 2015 4:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The engineer driving an Amtrak train wasn't using his cellphone just before the train derailed in Philadelphia last month, safety investigators said, deepening the mystery of what caused the accident that killed eight and injured about 200.

Are Robots the Future of Emergency Response?

June 9, 2015 11:38 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

As the technology to build them continues to become more advanced, robots are quickly becoming more and more common in everyday life.  But how do these robots impact the business continuity community?  What about emergency management?  Last weekend’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge could hold some clues.

Californians Conserved More Water Ahead of Mandatory Cuts

June 3, 2015 2:41 pm | by Fenit Nirappil and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Californians are using less water, but they'll have to conserve a lot more to reach the mandatory drought cuts taking effect this month, according to the latest numbers.  California residents reduced overall water use by 13.5 percent in April compared to the same month in the benchmark year of 2013, water officials said.

UN Chief Urges All Nations to Help End Ebola in West Africa

June 3, 2015 2:27 pm | by Edith Lederer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that as long as there is one Ebola case in West Africa "all countries are at risk" and urged all nations to support the final battles to wipe out the deadly disease in Sierra Leone and Guinea.  Liberia, once the worst affected country, is now Ebola free, but Ban warned that in Sierra Leone and Guinea "the battle has not yet been won" and "any lapse in vigilance could allow the virus to spread."

Sun Returns to Texas, Revealing Flood Damage Across State

June 1, 2015 4:08 pm | by Allen Reed and David Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Parts of the state were finally beginning to recover Sunday from weeks of rain and flooding that have made Texas a place of extremes: severe drought conditions earlier in the year that have given way to unprecedented rainfall in some areas. At least 31 people have been killed in storms that began in Texas and Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend.

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Despite Low Death Rate, Lassa Fever Worth Watching

May 28, 2015 11:33 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

A New Jersey man died Monday from Lassa Fever, a rare infectious disease that originates in West Africa, after returning from Liberia.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, the disease is endemic to West Africa and is named after the town in Nigeria where it was first discovered in 1969.  While the disease is uncommon in the United States, that is not the case in West Africa.

Punishing Storms in Texas Test Government Emergency Response

May 27, 2015 4:21 pm | by Paul Weber and Juan Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews resumed searching for the 11 people who went missing in the small tourist town of Wimberley, where the usually calm Blanco River surged rapidly and crested at three times its flood stage. At least 17 people were killed in the Memorial Day weekend storms in Texas and Oklahoma.

Survivors Stunned by Loss in Colombian Town Hit by Flood

May 21, 2015 9:19 am | by Luis Benavides, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the small mountain town of Salgar, Colombia began digging out, tales of human tragedy multiplied. Survivors recalled being stirred from their beds by a loud rumble and neighbors' shouts, barely having enough time to gather their loved ones.

Flood, Mudslide Sweep Away Homes in Colombia, Killing 49

May 19, 2015 9:16 am | by Luis Benavides, Associated Press | News | Comments

An avalanche of mud and debris roared down an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 49 people in a flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains.  Authorities called on volunteers to send water, food supplies and blankets to cope with what they described as a humanitarian emergency.

Tragic Derailment Presents Business Continuity Challenges

May 14, 2015 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Details are still being revealed after an Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia Tuesday night, leaving seven dead and more than 200 injured.  For business continuity professionals, train derailments present a unique set of problems, particularly when they involve passenger trains.  One incident can result in a host of different potential disruptions.

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Thousands Spend Night Outdoors as Death Toll Rises in Nepal

May 14, 2015 10:49 am | by Binaj Gurubacharya and Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of fear-stricken people spent the night outdoors after a new earthquake killed dozens of people and spread more misery in Nepal, which is still reeling from a devastating quake that killed more than 8,000 nearly three weeks ago.

Fire Guts Slipper Factory in Philippines, Dozens Feared Dead

May 14, 2015 10:26 am | by Oliver Teves, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire gutted a rubber slipper factory in a suburb of the Philippine capital Wednesday, possibly killing dozens of workers who ran to the second floor in hopes of escaping only to become trapped by the smoky inferno, officials said.  At least three bodies have been recovered and fire officials found no survivors after the fire was put under control.

The Nepal Quakes, The Recovery Process and the Human Side of Resilience

May 12, 2015 10:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Less than one month after a massive earthquake killed more than 8.150 and flattened buildings in Nepal, the small South Asian nation has been struck again.  Another earthquake, this time a magnitude 7.3 quake, hit north of the country’s capital of Kathmandu.  Early reports put the death toll at 37 with at least 1,117 injured.  

Engineers Inspect Quake-Damaged Homes in Nepal's Capital

May 6, 2015 2:25 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a thousand engineers were checking damaged houses in Nepal's capital Wednesday and advising people about whether they are safe.  About 13,000 families have requested inspections of their homes since the massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake near Kathmandu on April 25, Nepal Engineers Association General Secretary Kishore Kumar Jha said. More than 7,600 people died in the quake.

California Regulators Approve Unprecedented Water Cutbacks

May 6, 2015 2:10 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

 California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation.  Although the rules are called mandatory, it's still unclear what punishment the state water board and local agencies will impose for those that don't meet the targets.

Oil train derailment prompts evacuation in North Dakota town

May 6, 2015 1:57 pm | by Blake Nicholson and Matt Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

An oil train derailed and caught fire in a rural area of central North Dakota, prompting the evacuation of a nearby town where about three dozen people live.  Firefighters from four area communities responded to the fire, and regional hazardous materials teams from Grand Forks and Devils Lake were sent to the scene.

'We Need Help': Aid Scarce in Quake-Hit Nepal Villages

May 5, 2015 10:59 am | by Todd Pitman, Associated Press | News | Comments

One week after the strongest tremor to hit impoverished Nepal in eight decades, aid has been slow in reaching those who need it most. In many places it has not come at all.  U.N. humanitarian officials said  they were increasingly worried about the spread of disease. They said more helicopters were needed to reach isolated mountain villages like Pauwathok, which were hard to access even before the quake.

Report: Five Months After Infection, Man Spreads Ebola Via Sex

May 5, 2015 10:41 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials now think Ebola survivors can spread the disease through unprotected sex nearly twice as long as previously believed.  Scientists thought the Ebola virus could remain in semen for about three months. But a recent case in West Africa suggests infection through sex can happen more than five months later.

'We are Hungry:' Aid Reaches Epicenter, Nepal Toll Tops 5,000

April 29, 2015 4:16 pm | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unlike in Nepal's capital, where most buildings were spared complete collapse, the tiny hamlets clinging to the remote mountainsides of Gorkha District have been ravaged. Entire clusters of homes were reduced to piles of stone and splintered wood. Orange plastic tarps used for shelter now dot the cliff sides and terraced rice paddies carved into the land.

Quake Demonstrates Need for Emergency Management Professionals

April 28, 2015 11:05 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Nepal on Saturday, April 25, leveling buildings and killing more than 4,400 people in the small, impoverished Asian nation.  Such a tragic disaster reaffirms the need for emergency management professionals and reinforces the importance of being prepared for a disaster of any scale. 

Expats Try Phones, Social Apps to Connect to Quake-Hit Nepal

April 27, 2015 2:08 pm | by Foster Klug, Associated Press | News | Comments

Power outages and communications problems have made life agonizing for the nearly 6 million Nepalese who live abroad — or about 22 percent of the population.  The earthquake Saturday hit the capital, Kathmandu, but also small villages and the slopes of Mount Everest, where an avalanche buried part of a base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing to try for the summit.

Deaths Rise, Aid Flown in After Nepal Quake: Things to Know

April 27, 2015 1:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll climbed above 3,700 on Monday, two days after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal and surrounding regions.  How much higher the death toll would rise depends on the state of remote Himalayan villages that rescue workers were still trying to reach. Many of the roads are believed to be cut off by landslides, making it likely that some of these communities can only be reached by helicopter.

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