Continuity Insights speaks with Len Pagano, President & CEO of Safe America Foundation, about the advantages of using text messages during a disaster, the lack of awareness surrounding preparedness and how business continuity professionals can use their exercising skills to promote community resilience.
Continuity Insights speaks with Len Pagano, President & CEO of Safe America Foundation,...
The Obama administration is weighing plans to use its executive power to press U.S....
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 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.
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."
Government has predefined duties at every level — federal, state and local. One of the major duties of government (other than collection of revenues), is public safety. Since the turn of the century, we have seen several paradigm shifts in the relationship between government and the private sector.
Hurricane evacuation areas would encompass 640,000 more city residents, and the number of zones would double, under new plans. Details on the new zones won't be released until June, but the changes could mean neighborhoods around the city might newly be told to clear out ahead of future storms.
The company that supplied electricity to the Super Bowl says the blackout that halted the big game was caused by a device it installed specially to prevent a power failure. The relay had been installed as part of a project begun in 2011 to upgrade the electrical system serving the Superdome.
Superdome officials warned just months before the Super Bowl that the venue's electrical system could suffer a power outage and rushed to replace some of the equipment ahead of the big game. Tests on the electrical feeders that connect incoming power from utility lines to the stadium showed decay and "a chance of failure," state officials warned in a memo dated Oct. 15.
NFL officials were sure they'd get the Super Bowl finished on Sunday night. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday the Superdome had a backup power system which was about to be used during the Super Bowl's electrical outage. It wasn't needed because power started coming back at that time, he said.
Billions of dollars in federal money has paid for repairing and replacing tens of thousands of homes wrecked by flooding. Gone are the ubiquitous FEMA trailers that once dotted the landscape. Levees that broke and flooded 80 percent of the city have been fortified with the intent of protecting the city from another epic hurricane.
Tuesday's report by ISNA quotes provincial civil defense chief Ali Akbar Akhavan as saying the virus targeted a power plant and some other industries in Hormozgan province in recent months. Akhavan says Iranian computer experts were able to "successfully stop" the worm.
A visual compilation showing how Superstorm Sandy compares with last year's Japan earthquake and Thailand floods in terms of damage and loss of lives. The Japan earthquake and resulting tsunami still ranks as the most costly disaster in history.
By century's end, researchers forecast up to four feet higher seas, producing storm flooding akin to Sandy's as often as several times each decade. Even at current sea levels, Sandy's floodwaters filled subways, other tunnels and streets in parts of Manhattan. Without other measures, rebuilding will simply augment the future destruction.
Opengear announced that its ACM5500 family of Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) Gateways has been extended to include a new member with an integrated wireless access point. The ACM5504-5-G-W-I offers integrated cellular, wired and wireless access, allowing IT managers a range of connectivity options to easily manage critical infrastructure at local and remote sites.
“The best resiliency ideas originate in our states and communities -- not from Washington, DC,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “The goal of this program is to empower communities to collaborate and develop innovative ways to effectively respond to disasters.”
Vermont will forge ahead with plans to replace its main psychiatric hospital and renovate an office complex flooded by Tropical Storm Irene as questions linger about how much help can be expected from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday.
After a close call with an EF3 tornado, two women with no experience in emergency management dedicated their lives to improving community-powered disaster recovery. The web tools they developed are now being used to empower local officials and residents to more efficiently coordinate disaster response.
The Obama administration is preparing an executive order with new rules to protect U.S. computer systems, after Congress failed earlier this summer to pass a cybersecurity bill. The provisions include voluntary standards for companies, a special council run by the Homeland Security Department and new regulations covering especially vital systems.
Earthquake drills are now as ubiquitous as fire drills at Louisa County schools in central Virginia, where 4,600 students were attending classes when the 5.8-magnitude quake struck nearby on Aug. 23, 2011. Miraculously, no one was seriously hurt.
Some hospitals which were unprepared for the outages have reported medicines going bad in storage. Shop owners are also complaining that perishables are rotting in fridges and private generators have become a necessity.
The U.S. Senate could leave town this week for a monthlong break without passing legislation to protect the country's electrical grid, water supplies and other critical industries from cyberattack and electronic espionage.
Lighning Eliminators helps companies around the world reduce their costs and increase reliability using a unique and highly effective approach to lightning protection.
The massive failure has raised serious concerns about India's outdated infrastructure and the government's inability to meet its huge appetite for energy as the country aspires to become a regional economic superpower.
Continuity Insights speaks with Ed Gleason, Regional Director with the Department of Homeland Security's Protective Security Advisor program, about the security products and services available to private businesses, the "very real" cyber threat, critical infrastructure and the shift from "protection" to "resiliency."
With the Olympics just two weeks away, embarrassing logistical problems about security, staff, phones and traffic made the mood Thursday in London as gloomy as the weather.
Two counties in the Panhandle of Florida recently came together to promote business continuity initiatives to all the small businesses in a two county area. So how do you organize a two county initiative across jurisdictional boundaries without upsetting anyone’s apple cart? You check your egos at the door.