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Sierra Leone's President Urges Traditional Leaders to Stop Unsafe Burials

December 11, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's president implored the country's traditional leaders  to stop cultural practices that have been blamed for spreading Ebola, like burials that involve touching corpses.  Officials have said up to 70 percent of new infections in Sierra Leone are linked to unsafe burials. The bodies of people who have died from Ebola are highly contagious and must be handled carefully.

Speaker's Soapbox: William Marotz of Schneider National, Inc.

November 25, 2014 11:31 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

William Marotz,  Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Coordinator for logistics company...

Video: The Three Basic Types of Behavioral Reactions to Disasters

November 25, 2014 10:45 am | by CI Staff | Videos | Comments

Steve Crimando, Principal in Behavioral Science Applications, discusses three types of basic...

Crimando Discusses Crowd, Mob Psychology at ACP Event

November 21, 2014 10:24 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York City Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its November...

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Can a Hospital be 'Ebola Proof?'

November 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 What does it take to Ebola-proof a hospital?  Over the past few months, U.S. medical centers have spent millions of dollars putting together a plan to treat patients with the scary, but extremely rare disease.  To a large extent, it has been an exercise in improvisation.

Portable Showers Set Up for Those Affected by Drought

November 19, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.  Until now, many have been forced to bathe from buckets and drink bottled water.

More than 170 Passengers Contracted Virus During Cruise

November 17, 2014 3:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nearly monthlong cruise that saw more than 170 passengers get sick with the gastrointestinal illness norovirus has ended in Los Angeles with a thorough cleaning of the ship. Carnival's Crown Princess docked at the Port of Los Angeles after the voyage that took more than 4,100 people from Los Angeles to Hawaii to Tahiti and back.

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Safe America Foundation Presented 2014 WorldSafe Awards Nov. 8

November 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Safe America Foundation | Articles | Comments

The Safe America Foundation presented its WorldSafe Awards on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Delta Flight Museum in Hapeville, Ga. Individuals and organizations across various categories were recognized for their contributions to safety both nationally and internationally.

Sierra Leone Lacks Facilities to Deal With Ebola Outbreak

November 6, 2014 2:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the past 21 days there have been 1,174 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, almost triple the 398 new cases in Liberia and more than quadruple the 256 new cases in Guinea, according to figures released Wednesday by the World Health Organization.  While Sierra Leone accounts for almost two-thirds of new cases, there are only an estimated 400 beds in Ebola treatment units in the whole country.

Report: Red Cross Mishandled Response to Issac, Sandy

October 31, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A report from investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica and NPR alleges that The American Red Cross mishandled its responses to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and often seemed more focused on public relations than on helping storm victims.

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" has a big impact on how prepared communities feel for different kinds of disasters and is seen as more valuable in a crisis than even government.

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Officials Say 407 People Rescued in Nepal after Blizzards

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

At least 39 people, including trekkers from Canada, India, Israel, Slovakia, Poland and Japan, died in the blizzards and avalanches that swept the Himalayas last week, battering the popular Annapurna trekking circuit. Nepalese officials said they rescued 407 people, 226 of them foreigners.

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 personnel during disasters at an Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) meeting at the Metropolitan College of New York on Thursday, Oct. 16.  

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.

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.

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.

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