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Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Supply Chain Featured Topics at ACP Meeting

July 22, 2014 10:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Business continuity, disaster recovery and leadership in supply chain management were topics covered in two presentations at the New York Metro Area chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners meeting last week at National Grid's MetroTech office in Brooklyn

Wildfires Beginning to Calm Due to Weather

July 21, 2014 4:26 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington...

Saltwater Spill Could Lead to Regulations

July 14, 2014 2:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A saltwater spill from an underground pipeline in North Dakota has renewed calls from farmers...

HUD OK's NJ Plan To Spend 2nd Round of Sandy Aid

June 3, 2014 1:35 pm | by Wayne Parry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was reached Friday and...

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Federal Report: Warming Disrupts Americans' Lives

May 6, 2014 11:02 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Climate change's assorted harms "are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond," the National Climate Assessment concluded Tuesday. The report emphasizes how warming and its all-too-wild weather are changing daily lives, even using the phrase "climate disruption" as another way of saying global warming.

Utilities Appeal Millions In Fines For Storms

April 8, 2014 11:36 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Power companies urged the state's highest court Monday to overturn nearly $25 million in penalties imposed by Massachusetts regulators after a pair of 2011 storms, both of which left hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark — some for over a week.

Many Still Wary Of Water Months After Spill

April 8, 2014 11:17 am | by SARAH PLUMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ever since chemicals spilled into the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginia residents in January, Charleston resident Scott McMillion and his family have used their public supply for just one task: flushing their toilet.      

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Some Services Restored After Quake In Chile

April 8, 2014 10:58 am | by LUIS ANDRES HENAO & LUIS HIDALGO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chilean officials said Friday that water, fuel, electricity and other essential services were being re-established, three days after a powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake. The government also issued a three-month health alert for the quake-hit regions.   

H2O: Lessons From The Elk River Spill

April 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

After a chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River disrupted “business as usual,” Continuity Insights spoke with Larry McDonnell II,  Mike Jennings, and C.W. Sigman, who shared their first-hand accounts of the aftermath, insights into what went right (and what went wrong) along the way, and analysis of how businesses can better prepare for unexpected interruptions.

7.5 Quake On CA Fault Could Be Disastrous

April 1, 2014 10:02 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault.                   

Victimized Twice By Sandy, NJ Bar Closes Again

April 1, 2014 9:28 am | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A business that once was a symbol of hope and recovery has now become a symbol of despair, illustrative of the hard time many New Jersey and New York residents and business are still having in getting back to normal a year and a half after Sandy.

Counting The Costs & Benefits For Business Continuity From The Perspective Of A Veteran Deployment Housing Warrior

March 18, 2014 10:17 am | by Michelle Lowther, Continuity Housing | Blogs | Comments

Who knew it could cost $1,000 per person per day just to house critical personnel near their backup site in the event of a Category 2 hurricane? But that’s exactly what happened to one of the largest banks in the U.S. when they had to deploy their Gulf Coast personnel. 

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Forecasters Run Social Media 'Tornado Drill'

March 12, 2014 9:28 am | by KRISTI EATON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Weather Service office in Norman, Okla. has for years been at the forefront of using social media in disseminating weather-related information. But they are trying a new approach in an attempt to find new and better ways to reach people, holding an online "tornado drill." 

1,402 Business Failures Related To March 2011 Disaster

March 10, 2014 10:59 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

1,402 corporate bankruptcies have been triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. The number is 4.5 times more than the 314 bankruptcies caused over three years by the January 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.

Business Leaders Feel Most Threatened By IT Hazards

March 5, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

A new report published by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), in association with BSI, has revealed that IT-related threats are continuing to provide the greatest concern for organizations, ranking above other threats such as natural disasters, security incidents and industrial disputes.

Evacuation Orders Lifted After California Storm

March 4, 2014 10:40 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The storm, the largest since 2010, kept emergency planners and rescue crews busy, but it didn't produce enough rain to pull California out of a crippling drought that has grown to crisis proportions for the state's vast farming industry.     

Buffett: Climate Change Not Causing More Disasters

March 3, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Warren Buffett says the rate of disasters that Berkshire Hathaway's insurance companies see hasn't changed because of extreme weather. Buffett said on CNBC Monday that he hasn't made any change in the way he calculates the likelihood of a catastrophe because of climate change.

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Long Island Power Grid To Get $1.4B In Upgrades

February 24, 2014 6:35 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The electrical system on New York's Long Island is getting $1.4 billion in federally-paid repairs and upgrades in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the plan Friday. He says it will "dramatically improve" the power grid on Long Island. 

Tsunami-Hit Areas Blessed With German-Donated Community Halls

February 20, 2014 3:33 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

On barren land in the district of Kamiosabe in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, where many homes were swept away by the tsunami after the March 2011 earthquake, a brand new wooden house now stands as the local community center.    

Ice Storm Causes Another Traffic Jam In The South

February 18, 2014 10:15 am | by CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY & KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drivers got caught in monumental traffic jams and abandoned their cars in North Carolina in a replay of what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago, as another wintry storm across the South iced highways and knocked out electricity to more than a half-million homes and businesses.

Volcanic Ash Blankets Towns & Villages

February 18, 2014 9:46 am | by BBC News | Videos | Comments

Towns and villages across a wide area of eastern Java (Indonesia) have been blanketed with ash. Two people have died and 200,000 have been evacuated from their homes on the main island of Java after Mount Kelud erupted. BBC News' Alice Budisatrijo reports from Jakarta. 

Acta S.p.A. Cooperation Agreement With ReliOn

February 17, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Acta S.p.A. is pleased to announce the signing of a wide-ranging cooperation agreement with ReliOn Inc., one of the largest fuel cell manufacturers in the world specializing in back-up power systems for telecom, government and transportation applications. 

Disaster Loans Offered After Chemical Spill

February 3, 2014 3:20 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia small businesses and nonprofit groups affected by the Jan. 9 chemical spill are eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the federal government. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the economic injury disaster loans are being offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

GA Faced Iced Roads As Recently As 2011

February 3, 2014 3:10 pm | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three years before the latest winter storm struck metro Atlanta and left thousands of people stuck this week, the region's leaders got a taste of how a few inches of snow and ice could cripple transportation networks. Lessons from that storm were incorporated into a statewide snow and ice plan issued in 2013 by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

Where's My Car? Storm Clean Up Underway In Atlanta

January 31, 2014 9:24 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The snow and sleet had stopped falling and traffic was moving again around Atlanta following a crippling storm — but officials warned that ice-covered roads remained a threat for drivers Thursday morning. State officials were concerned with sub-freezing overnight lows potentially leading to layers of black ice coating roads that might appear to be safe.

Greece: Emergency Declared On Quake-Hit Island

January 27, 2014 12:10 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Schools were ordered closed and a state of emergency was declared on the Greek island of Kefalonia on Monday after an earthquake damaged homes and injured at least seven people. Hundreds of the island's residents slept in their cars after a magnitude 5.8 temblor struck near the town of Lixouri. 

Rentsys Recovery Services Experiences Significant Growth

January 27, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

“We are pleased to have grown our business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, as well as launching exciting new offerings for our customers,” said Walt Thomasson, managing director of Rentsys Recovery Services.      

W.Va. Spill Shows Vulnerability Of Water Supply

January 21, 2014 10:21 am | by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a nightmare scenario that became all too real in West Virginia: A chemical seeped into the water supply and threatened to sicken hundreds of thousands of people. While no one became seriously ill from last week's chemical spill, some homeland security experts said the emergency was proof the United States has not done nearly enough to protect water systems. 

NJ Mayor: Sandy Aid Ultimatum Came From Christie

January 20, 2014 3:03 pm | by ANGELA DELLI SANTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The mayor of a town severely flooded by Superstorm Sandy says she was told an ultimatum tying storm recovery funds to her support for a real estate project came directly from  Gov. Chris Christie. A Christie spokesman calls the allegation "categorically false." 

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