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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...

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...

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,” ...

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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. 

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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." 

Regulators To Investigate Outages After Ice Storm

January 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan regulators on Wednesday ordered an investigation into lengthy power outages stemming from a pre-Christmas ice storm that knocked out service to 660,000 customers statewide, the vast majority served by large utilities Consumers Energy and DTE Energy.

NJ Transit Looks To Shelter Trains

January 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey Transit is looking to better protect its rail cars from storms. NJ Transit was criticized for not moving rail cars and locomotives out of a rail yard in Kearny and another one in Hoboken during Superstorm Sandy. Flooding caused more than $100 million in damage. 

Global Disasters Killed More, Cost Less In 2013

January 7, 2014 9:23 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The German insurance company Munich Re says some 20,000 people died in natural disasters last year, about twice as many as in 2012. Most of the deaths resulted from Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines, Vietnam and China in November. 

Long Waits For Aid For Sandy Victims In NY & NJ

December 24, 2013 9:04 am | by DAVID B. CARUSO & FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York state officials say that in the past few weeks, they have sent out $88 million to 2,500 Long Island homeowners to reimburse them for repair work that wasn't covered by insurance. The state has also asked federal officials for permission to immediately advance another $250 million to at least 3,000 more Long Islanders by Jan. 1. 

U.S. Sending $25M In New Typhoon Aid To Philippines

December 18, 2013 10:07 am | by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer | News | Comments

Overwhelmed by the massive damage wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in a central Philippine city, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced nearly $25 million in additional aid Wednesday to help the country deal with the devastation. Kerry flew to Tacloban city, where he saw what was left of entire towns wrecked by the monster storm's winds. 

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