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FEMA Seeking to Recover $5.8 Million After Alleged Sandy Overpayments

September 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500 households that it suspects received improper payments after Hurricane Sandy, according to program officials. FEMA had asked around 850 of those aid recipients to return a collective $5.8 million. 

Sept. 11, 2001 Attacks Changed Business Continuity, Taught Valuable Lessons

September 9, 2014 12:48 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the most tragic events in American History, the September 11th attacks changed a lot for...

RX Response Aims to Form Government Partnerships

September 9, 2014 11:04 am | by Emily Lord | Blogs | Comments

RX Response Director of Operations Emily Lord discusses the organization's roots in the...

More Than 100 Dead in Floods, Protests Continue Despite Weather

September 8, 2014 4:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy monsoon rains have caused flash floods and...

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After Work Stoppage Leads to Loss of Millions, Supermarket Chain on the Road to Recovery

September 8, 2014 3:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After a six-week protest that cost Market Basket millions in lost sales, the company announced that an agreement had been reached for Arthur T. Demoulas to buy the chain, putting him back in control of the century-old business.  Company representatives say about 80 percent of operations have been restored.

Ebola Resurgent in West Africa

September 8, 2014 10:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ebola is returning to regions of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone where it was thought to have been contained.  Officials say people in contact with the sick have evaded surveillance, moving at will and hiding their illnesses until they infect others in turn.

Massive Power Outage Takes Egypt Off Line for Several Hours

September 5, 2014 10:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Egypt suffered a massive power outage that halted parts of the Cairo subway, took TV stations off the air and ground much of the country to a halt for several hours Thursday, as officials offered no clear explanation for how the country suddenly lost 50 percent of its power generation.

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Property Owners Effected by Sandy Now Facing Funding, Property Rights Questions

September 2, 2014 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Business and private beach owners who's  properties were damaged by Superstorm Sandy are now facing the issue of either repairing sand dunes themselves or opening up beaches to the public to receive federal funding and assistance. 

Tornadoes, Hail Storms Hammers Midwest

September 2, 2014 8:21 am | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Several Midwestern states report tornadoes, strong winds and pingpong ball-sized hail as severe weather causes evacuations, highway closures and power outages.  As the line of storms moved east, the National Weather Service noted hail nearly 2 inches in diameter near St. Louis and rain falling at a rate of nearly an inch per hour.

Radiation Cleanup, Compensation for Residents Increasing Cost of Fukushima Disaster

August 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident will amount to an estimated 11.08 trillion yen, almost double the government projection made at the end of 2011, a recent study by shows.  The figure includes 4.91 trillion yen to pay compensation to affected residents and 2.48 trillion yen for radiation cleanup work.

Site Engineer to Face Criminal Charges in Thai Building Collapse

August 19, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from the collapse of a six-story building under construction on the outskirts of Thailand's capital has risen to 14, as rescue teams ended their search Friday, four days after the cave-in.  Police were investigating the cause of the collapse and have arrested four people, including the site engineer, who will face criminal charges.

Regardless of Industry, Down Time Can Have Dramatic Effects on a Business

August 5, 2014 10:59 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Mark Carroll, Senior Vice President of Income Research + Management, sat down with Continuity Insights to discuss down time, its impact on finances, processes and reputation an why business continuity practitioners are just beginning to discover its true impact.

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Mudslides Leave California Residents Trapped

August 5, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

About 2,500 people were stranded early Monday after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California, while one person was found dead in a flooded creek.  About 1,500 residents of Oak Glen, and another 1,000 residents of Forest Falls were unable to get out because of thick debris flows caused by flash floods. The stranded include 500 children and adults who had arrived at a Forest Falls campground Sunday morning.

Explosion in Auto Parts Factory Kills 75, Blamed on Poor Safety Measures

August 5, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.  Metal dust produced from polishing steel hubcaps ignited Saturday morning at the factory in the eastern Chinese city of Kunshan, causing an explosion that destroyed almost the entire roof of the plant.

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 earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and injured more than 1,800. Rainstorms were expected to continue to hinder rescue efforts over the coming days.

Risk Management Integration Key Topic at Inaugural Bay Area Emergency Managers Conference

August 5, 2014 8:55 am | by By Erica Agiewich | Articles | Comments

More than 100 emergency managers and business continuity professionals gathered on Aug. 1 at Genentech for the Inaugural Bay Area Emergency Managers (BAEM) conference.  The conference focused on integrating all aspects of risk management for more effective emergency response.

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

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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 state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles throughout the state.

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 and environmentalists to require new monitoring to help ensure that such breaches are prevented or caught quickly.  The leak involved an estimated 24,000 barrels, or 1 million gallons, of saltwater and condensate, byproducts of oil and gas production.

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 announced Monday by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The plan includes slightly more housing assistance, including more aid to low- and moderate-income storm victims.

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.      

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. 

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." 

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