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Ebola Outbreak Disrupting Flow of Goods, Driving Prices Up

August 19, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished area.Amid roadblocks manned by troops and pervasive fear among the population of the dreaded disease, the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola is increasingly impacting the food supply in three countries.

Tanker Truck Explodes, Causing Delays and Damaging Overpass

August 19, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A tanker truck explosion and fire in Middle Tennessee killed one person early Friday and...

Rain, Aftershock, Lack of Communication Hindering Quake Rescue Efforts

August 5, 2014 9:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers found scores of survivors on Monday as they dug through homes shattered by an...

Environmental Regulations Could Cause Critical Power Plant to Shut Down Temporarily

July 28, 2014 5:09 pm | News | Comments

New York's latest proposal to save Hudson River fish from being sucked into the Indian Point...

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Typhoon Kills 18, Causes Estimated $4.3 Billion in Damage to China

July 21, 2014 4:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 18 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes.  The storm ravaged 468,500 hectares (1.2 million acres) of crops in Hainan and Guangdong provinces and Guangxi, causing $4.3 billion in damage

Iraq Violence Could Affect Oil Supply

June 16, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The upheaval in Iraq could throw the world's remarkably stable oil market out of balance, threatening a delicate equilibrium that has kept prices steady for four years. Iraqi oil production is at risk because of the outbreak of violence involving militant groups who seized two cities this week and have pledged to march on Baghdad.

Phone Carriers Aim to Improve Emergency Dispatch

May 19, 2014 8:27 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The four major U.S. wireless phone companies are providing emergency texting 911 service as of this month to any local government that wants it and has the capability to use it, a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of the voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s.

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Secretary Johnson Presents Rick Rescorla Awards

April 8, 2014 11:28 am | by DHS | News | Comments

On April 3, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson presented the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience to the New York Mets, Walgreens and Monsignor John Brown, recognizing their contributions to their communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

Cooperation After Marathon Bombings Is Praised

March 25, 2014 9:11 am | by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

In the moments after two bombs exploded near the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, no one dared call it a terrorist attack. But after it became clear that these were not manhole cover explosions, "the word hung heavy in the air."     

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

March 4, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014 is sponsored by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA is urging the public to understand the risks, take action and spread the word.

The Nation’s Integrated Public Alert & Warning System, Part 2

January 13, 2014 4:57 pm | by Salimah LaForce, Research Analyst, Georgia Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Communications Policy, Wireless RERC | Articles | Comments

The goal of the IPAWS PMO is to ensure all segments of the American population are covered by IPAWS, in addition to understanding the functions and how to properly respond to alerts and warnings from public safety officials. To date, 38 states have adopted IPAWS while others have initiated the application process.

Typhoon Ruined Traditional, High-Tech Livelihoods

November 26, 2013 9:37 am | by TERESA CEROJANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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Special eReport: Critical Infrastructure

November 26, 2013 9:12 am | Articles | Comments

Click here to view Continuity Insights' exclusive November eReport on critical infrastructure, which includes expert insights on critical infrastructure protection and resilience.                       

ASCE 2013 Report Card For America’s Infrastructure

November 25, 2013 11:58 am | by ASCE | News | Comments

Every 4 years, the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure that depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card by assigning letter grades to each type of infrastructure.

The Evolution Of Critical Infrastructure Protection

November 22, 2013 12:24 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with representatives from Argonne National Laboratory’s Infrastructure Assurance Center: Frédéric Petit, Principal Infrastructure Analyst/Operations Researcher; David Brannegan, Director; and Julia Phillips, Deputy Director, to find out more about how critical infrastructure protection has evolved, and how this evolution has opened up new opportunities to contribute to resilience.

Continuity Q&A: Dr. Nader Mehravari On Critical Infrastructure

November 20, 2013 4:06 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

In advance of this special-edition eReport on critical infrastructure, Continuity Insights sat down with Dr. Nader Mehravari, MBCP, MBCI, and Research Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute, CERT Division, to find out more about the importance of critical infrastructure and how Americans can become more involved in its maintenance, resilience and protection.

Giving Thanks For Critical Infrastructure

November 20, 2013 3:46 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Blogs | Comments

I’m gearing up for the holidays, and my house wouldn’t be the same without numerous strings of white lights. Winter wouldn’t be bearable without the heat that pipes through the vents, and time off work wouldn’t be nearly as fun without a road trip to see family. What do all of these things have in common? Infrastructure. It lights up my lights, supplies my heat and powers my car. (Note: Cheer sold separately.) 

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Typhoon Highlights Weak Philippine Infrastructure

November 15, 2013 11:20 am | by KELVIN CHAN & TERESA CEROJANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Philippines is the country that's most at risk to natural hazards, according to UK-based risk analysis firm Maplecroft. The country loses $1.6 billion dollars a year on average because of such disasters. It also had the worst scores in other key indicators such as fixed phone lines, households with power and electricity lost in transmission.

10 Ideas Chosen For Coastal Shields In NY, NJ

November 15, 2013 9:46 am | by DAVID B. CARUSO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The winning ideas include an array of strategies for making the coastline more resilient, including natural breakwaters that could take the punch out of storm surf headed for Staten Island, a ring of water-trapping canals and parks for Hoboken, N.J., and channels in Long Beach, N.Y., that would help drain Long Island's coastal bays. 

Critical Infrastructure Protection

November 14, 2013 4:48 pm | Videos | Comments

Protecting and ensuring the continuity of the critical infrastructure and key resources of the United States are essential to the nation's security, public health and safety, economic vitality, and way of life. For more information, visit www.dhs.gov/criticalinfrastructure.

'If You See Something, Say Something™' Campaign

November 14, 2013 11:33 am | Videos | Comments

The nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something™" public awareness campaign is a program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper local law enforcement authorities. 

Judge: NYC Doesn't Protect Disabled In Emergencies

November 11, 2013 11:31 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge cited disabled Superstorm Sandy victims stranded in high-rise towers to illustrate his conclusion that New York City violated laws designed to protect the disabled — about 11 percent of the city's more than 8 million residents — as it created evacuation plans for emergencies ranging from storms to terrorist attacks.

CGC 1 Revision Approved & Released

July 31, 2013 4:48 pm | by FEMA | News | Comments

Continuity Guidance Circular 1 (CGC1), Continuity Guidance for Non-Federal Governments (States, Territories, Tribes, and Local Government Jurisdictions), was updated by the Continuity of Operations Division and approved July 2013, by Damon Penn, the Assistant Administrator for National Continuity Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency. View the updated version.

Slow Response To Toxic Water Leak Fuels Distrust Of TEPCO

July 25, 2013 2:14 pm | News | Comments

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. 

Prepping For Brownouts & Blackouts

July 11, 2013 10:45 am | by FEMA | News | Comments

The heat is rising across the country. The high demands for electricity to keep cool are increasing the risk of areas experiencing blackouts or brownouts. Brownouts typically occur during heat waves due to heavy equipment coming online, short circuits or electrical companies decreasing voltage in order to meet the needs of peak time.

Extreme Flooding Must Be ‘Turning Point’ In Disaster Response

June 26, 2013 4:29 pm | by The United Nations | News | Comments

A United Nations senior official stressed that this year will be a “turning point” in how governments view and respond to extreme weather events, and floods in particular, which are currently affecting several countries across the world.

Text Of President Obama's Speech On Terrorism

May 23, 2013 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's speech on the fight against terrorism at the National Defense University, as provided by the White House:"It's an honor to return to the National Defense University. Here, at Fort McNair, Americans have served in uniform since 1791— standing guard in the early days of the Republic, and contemplating the future of warfare here in the 21st century ..."

Cuomo Proposes 3-Year Rate Freeze In LIPA Takeover

May 20, 2013 11:39 am | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Cuomo said that even if the transition from LIPA, and its currently contracted operator, National Grid, isn't done in time for the summer and fall hurricane season, Long Islanders will still be better served. Cuomo said he will end what he called the current, confusing relationship by empowering National Grid to act quickly and decisively in the event of major power outages.

UN Reports $2.5 Trillion In Disaster Losses Since 2000

May 20, 2013 11:31 am | by EDITH M. LEDERER,Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction warned in the 246-page report that economic losses from floods, earthquakes and drought will continue to escalate unless businesses take action to reduce their exposure to disaster risks. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the report saying the review of disaster losses in 56 countries clearly demonstrates that "economic losses from disasters are out of control." 

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