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The Importance of Public/Private Partnerships

July 1, 2015 10:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

John Jackson, Executive Vice President of Fusion Risk Management,  discusses public/private partnerships and their importance in business continuity planning.  He talks about some of the ways business continuity professionals can leverage these partnerships to improve their programs.

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...

Infrastructure, Education Key to Fighting Outbreaks

June 23, 2015 11:51 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Whether serious or not, infectious disease outbreaks always seem to grab headlines.  Even if the...

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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.

Oil Train Disaster Settlement Fund Reaches $345 Million

June 10, 2015 3:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The compensation fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in a small town in Quebec has grown to $345 million with a contribution from the company that owned the shipment.  World Fuel Services Corp., which was accused in a lawsuit of downplaying the volatility of the crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region, agreed to contribute $110 million to the settlement fund.

Amtrak CEO Vows to Put Safety Technology into Operation

June 3, 2015 2:48 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation, while Democrats and Republicans exchanged barbs over whether Congress or the Obama administration is most to blame for railroads not installing the technology.

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Storage Bunkers Sealed Off at Nuclear Dump Closed by Leak

June 3, 2015 2:22 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of containers of waste have been entombed at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico now that workers have closed off storage areas affected by a serious radiation leak, officials said.

Material Being Lifted by crane in NYC Falls; 10 Injured

June 1, 2015 3:45 pm | by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

 A massive air-conditioning unit being lifted by a crane to the top of a Manhattan office building broke free, fell 28 stories and landed in the middle of Madison Avenue, injuring 10 people, officials said.  Two were construction workers, while the others were pedestrians and occupants of passing cars, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. All were struck by debris that caused minor injuries; they were treated at hospitals.

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.

UN Agency to Hire Mountain Guides, Porters for Nepal Relief

May 27, 2015 3:30 pm | by Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N. food agency is hiring thousands of mountain and trekking guides, porters and other workers to carry food, medicine, tents and supplies to Nepal's mostly inaccessible northern villages where two powerful earthquakes destroyed houses, officials said.

California Looks to Australia for Tips on Surviving Drought

May 26, 2015 10:08 am | by Kristen Gelineau and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.  Australia's drought response was hardly perfect, and some of its gains might be slipping away, but Americans suffering their own "Big Dry" may benefit from some comparisons.

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Continuity of Supply a Growing Concern in Global Economy

May 21, 2015 10:39 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity of supply has become an increasingly important factor for resilience professionals as more organizations are beginning to rely on complex, global supply chains to deliver their products.  Supply chain disruptions can be extremely damaging to a business, especially one that relies on a large network of suppliers to create their products.

California Oil Sop-Up Starts, Thousands of Gallons Gathered

May 21, 2015 9:44 am | by Christopher Weber and Brian Melley, Associated Press | News | Comments

 More than 6,000 gallons of oil had been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast in a cleanup effort that is now going 24 hours a day, officials said, but that's some of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline.

Amtrak Liable for no More Than $200 Million in Crash

May 19, 2015 10:30 am | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

 For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims — the limit set by Congress. But that may be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and more than 200 people injured in last week's derailment in Philadelphia.

Feds project Lake Mead below drought trigger point in 2017

May 19, 2015 9:55 am | by Ken Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Federal water managers released a report projecting that Lake Mead's water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada.  The effects could be serious. Arizona's allocation of Colorado River water could be cut 11.4 percent, or by an amount normally used by more than 600,000 homes. Nevada's share could be reduced 4.3 percent. 

Amtrak Trains Back in Service on busy Northeast Corridor

May 19, 2015 9:25 am | by Michael Sisak, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Amtrak trains began rolling on the busy Northeast Corridor early Monday, the first time in almost a week following a deadly crash in Philadelphia, and officials vowed to have safer trains and tracks while investigators worked to determine the cause of the derailment.

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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.

Plan OK'd to Drill into BP's Ill-Fated Macondo Reservoir

May 14, 2015 10:28 am | by Cain Burdeau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation's largest offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana.  A Louisiana-based oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC, plans to drill into the Macondo reservoir.

Amtrak Train Derails, Killing seven People; Investigation Begins

May 13, 2015 8:45 am | by Jeff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Daylight on Wednesday revealed the destruction and devastation caused by an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that left at least six people dead and injured dozens more, several critically, as survivors recalled a terrifying wreck that plunged them into darkness and chaos.

Liberia is Ebola Free, but Virus Still Looms in Guinea, Sierra Leone

May 12, 2015 12:06 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

After more than 4,700 deaths, the Ebola outbreak has come to an end in Liberia.  According to reports, there have been no cases of the virus that has ravaged West Africa since last year for 42 days, twice the incubation period for the disease.  The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the last confirmed case in Liberia was buried on March 28.  This means the outbreak is over in one of the nations hardest hit by it.

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.  

Another Major Earthquake Shakes Nepal, Killing at Least 37

May 12, 2015 10:23 am | by Binaj Gurubacharya and Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A major earthquake hit a remote mountain region of Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 37 people while triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.  

Reactor Could be Out For Weeks After Fire, Oil Leak

May 12, 2015 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A reactor at a New York nuclear power plant could be offline for weeks because of a transformer fire and oil leak.  Several thousand gallons of oil spilled into the Hudson River after a weekend transformer fire on the non-nuclear side of the Indian Point plant.

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.

Keeping an NFL Stadium Secure: ACP Visits Home of Giants, Jets

May 5, 2015 11:33 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

On Friday, May 1, members of the Association of Contingency Planners’ Garden State Chapter were given an opportunity to tour MetLife Stadium, home of both the New York Giants and New York Jets, and learn about the ins and outs of how its security team manages the daunting task of keeping tens of thousands safe.

'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.

Baltimore Calm Wednesday, Protests Begin in Other Cities

April 30, 2015 12:18 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Baltimore saw another night of relative calm on Wednesday, with peaceful protesters demonstrating before dispersing during the imposed 10 p.m. curfew.  However, protests took place in other cities across the country.  The protests revolve around the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

Drought: California Governor Seeks Fine for Water Wasters

April 29, 2015 4:14 pm | by Fenit Nirappil and Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

California businesses and residents that waste the most water as the state copes with a drought should face $10,000 fines, Gov. Jerry Brown said, as his administration rejected calls from cities to relax its mandatory water conservation targets.

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