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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...

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...

Millions Facing Higher Premium Rates for Flood Insurance

April 14, 2015 10:52 am | by Frank Eltman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $24 billion sea of red ink has millions of Americans in vulnerable flood zones, including...

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Looking Back: Five Worst Airline Disasters of 2014

April 7, 2015 11:48 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The downing of Germanwings flight A320 has once again brought aviation disasters into the limelight.  While still very rare, plane crashes are attention grabbing because of their scope and scale.  Last year saw several incidents that dominated news coverage.  Here are five of the worst airline crashes of 2014.

36 Dead, Dozens Hurt as Storms Lash Bangladesh

April 7, 2015 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Separate tropical storms that have swept through parts of Bangladesh have left at least 36 people dead and scores injured.  Media reports said that the casualties have been recorded since Saturday and that most deaths took place in the northern district of Bogra.

In Tragic Plane Crash, Lessons to be Learned for BC Pros

April 2, 2015 11:30 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Germanwings flight 9525 plane crash on March 24, 2015, will likely be remembered as one of history’s most tragic aviation disasters.  It can be difficult to dissect a recent, tragic case like this, especially when it is still near the top of news pages everywhere and is far from closed, but it is something business continuity professionals should keep an eye on.

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Germanwings Owner Lufthansa Could Face 'Unlimited' Compensation Claims

March 30, 2015 2:23 pm | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lufthansa could face "unlimited" compensation claims for the crash that killed 150 people in the French alps and it would be difficult, even counterproductive, for the German carrier to try to avoid liability, experts said.  Several analysts said Lufthansa will probably reach settlements with relatives of victims to avoid going to court

Tapped Gas Line May Have Caused NYC Explosion

March 30, 2015 2:13 pm | by Meghan Barr, Associated Press | News | Comments

After two bodies were pulled from the rubble of a Manhattan apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to what caused the massive explosion and fire and the possibility that someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings.

Vanuatu Continues to Rebuild after Cyclone

March 23, 2015 10:30 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

A week after a cyclone tore through the South Pacific archipelago with winds of 168 miles per hour, people are focused on the task of rebuilding.  About 65,000 people across Vanuatu were left homeless by the cyclone, which killed 17 people.

Liberians Volunteering for Ebola Vaccine Trial

March 23, 2015 10:12 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gruesome toll of West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 4,200 Liberians of the more than 10,000 who have succumbed to the disease, has intensified efforts to find a vaccine for a disease that previously infected relatively few people in remote areas.

Island Nation Vanuatu Hammered by Cyclone

March 16, 2015 4:04 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has lost years of development progress and must "start anew" following a powerful cyclone that destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the buildings in the capital of Port Vila, the country's president said.

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Mine Explosion Kills One, Traps 30 in Ukraine

March 4, 2015 4:05 pm | by Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion ripped through a coal mine in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least one miner, rebel and government officials said. An injured miner reported seeing five bodies.  With more than 30 workers trapped, miners were enlisted to clear rubble, but operations were hampered by limited access to the deep subterranean network.

"Super Bug" Worth Watching for Business Continuity Professionals

March 3, 2015 11:43 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The death of two patients at the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles has renewed focus on the “super bug” known as CRE, or Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), CRE are difficult to treat because of their resistance to antibiotics.  

Avalanches in Northeastern Afghanistan Kill at Least 165

February 26, 2015 9:27 am | by Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The heavy snowstorms, which began early Tuesday, hampered rescue efforts.

Al-Shabab Video Calling for Mall Attacks Raises Major Concerns

February 24, 2015 12:11 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

In a video released Monday by Al-Qaeda backed Somali rebel group Al-Shabab, a member of the organization called on Muslims in the west to carry out attacks on shopping malls.  Although U.S. authorities said they have no credible evidence that any sort of organized attack is in the works, the video named specific targets, including the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.  

Residents Throughout U.S. Coping with Winter Weather

February 18, 2015 2:53 pm | by Jonathan Drew and Meredith Somers, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the South, the storm that dumped a foot of snow in some places was only the beginning. Low temperatures gripped the region Wednesday, freezing and refreezing the snow and ice and making the roads as hazardous as they were during the height of the storm. In many areas, the cold was expected to stay for days. The refreeze has already played out over and over in New England, where mountains of snow are piled high.

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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.

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.

Maintenance Workers Who Sparked Fire Never Called 911

February 12, 2015 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Maintenance workers who sparked a fire that left about 500 residents of a northern New Jersey apartment complex homeless never called 911 for help, documents showed.  A review of dispatch logs and 911 tapes revealed no record of any employee alerting authorities as the Avalon Bay blaze, which started when two workers tried to fix a leaky pipe, grew into an inferno on Jan. 21 in Edgewater.

Japan may Require Workers to Take Vacation Days

February 9, 2015 4:26 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation that will be submitted during the parliamentary session that began Jan. 26 aims to ensure workers get the rest they need. In a break with past practice, it will become the legal responsibility of employers to ensure workers take their holidays.  Japan has been studying such legislation for years.

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.

Wildfire Forces Evacuation of 250 Residents in California

February 9, 2015 3:02 pm | by Michelle Rindels, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fire crews increased containment of the wind-driven wildfire that ravaged communities along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, but they said that they still didn't know when the roughly 250 residents evacuated from Swall Meadows and nearby Paradise would be able to return home.

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.

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.

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.

About 100 Homes Underwater Due to Heavy Rain in Sarajevo

January 20, 2015 11:14 am | by Aida Cerkez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy overnight rainfall has caused rivers to rise in the Sarajevo area on Monday and flood homes in the suburbs for the fifth time in the past 20 months.  In central Bosnia, the river Bosna is reaching a critical level and rain has caused at least three landslides. Several roads were closed.  Rain is expected to continue to fall for the rest of the week.

Koroma Predicts Sierra Leone Will be 'Ebola Free' by May

January 16, 2015 10:41 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as his country registered 19 new Ebola cases over a 24-hour period, Sierra Leone's president is predicting there will be zero new confirmed cases by the end of March.  President Ernest Bai Koroma also predicted that his West African country  would be Ebola-free by World Health Organization standards by May. 

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