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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.

Takeaways on Cyber Security from CIMC 2015

May 21, 2015 10:12 am | by Jenny Chen, Senior Certified Expert IT Consultant, IBM | Blogs | Comments

Jenny Chen, Senior Certified Expert IT Consultant for IBM, discusses her experience at the 2015...

Unions Urge Amtrak to Put Second Crew Member in Locomotives

May 21, 2015 9:40 am | by Michael Sisak, Associated Press | News | Comments

The union for Amtrak's locomotive engineers urged the railroad  to put a second crew member at...

US Security Expert Says he Hacked Plane Controls Mid-Flight

May 21, 2015 9:32 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A security researcher told federal agents he was able to hack into aircraft computer systems mid...

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California Farmers Propose Voluntary Cuts

May 21, 2015 9:17 am | by Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.

Video: Gaining Executive Support and 'Continuity 2.0'

May 19, 2015 12:09 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Videos | Comments

David Lindstedt of Readiness Analytics continues his discussion on metrics, including how they can be used to gain executive support.  He also discusses how metrics can cause business continuity professionals to look at the industry in a new light.

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.

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Flood, Mudslide Sweep Away Homes in Colombia, Killing 49

May 19, 2015 9:16 am | by Luis Benavides, Associated Press | News | Comments

An avalanche of mud and debris roared down an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn Monday, killing at least 49 people in a flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains.  Authorities called on volunteers to send water, food supplies and blankets to cope with what they described as a humanitarian emergency.

Behind the Glitz, Cannes Casts a Tight Security Net

May 14, 2015 10:58 am | by Jill Lawless, Associated Press | News | Comments

France is on heightened terrorist alert after deadly attacks in Paris, and the monied French Riviera offers rich pickings for criminals. That means the world's glitziest film festival, which opened Wednesday, is the focus of an intense security operation to try to keep disaster and drama confined to the screen.

How California Golf Courses are Saving Water

May 14, 2015 10:24 am | by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press | News | Comments

California golf courses are teeing up water conservation measures as the state enters its fourth summer of epic drought. A look at some of the ways they are cutting back.  Small changes, such as watering less in areas that don't get a lot of foot traffic, can help cut back on waste.

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.

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State Department Concerned China Behind Cyber Attack on U.S. Sites

May 12, 2015 10:29 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke's comments follow complaints from anti-online censorship group Greatfire.org that Chinese authorities carried out denial-of-service attacks in late March that intermittently shut down San Francisco-based Github, a U.S.-based computer-code sharing site that hosts some of Greatfire's data. Greatfire.org said it was a direct target of similar attacks earlier that month.

New Malaysia Air CEO Vows Turnaround for Battered Airline

May 12, 2015 10:19 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new CEO of Malaysia Airlines said its financial situation is more challenging than anticipated and it will shrink in size as it tries to overcome a tarnished image with the travel industry and the public.  Malaysia Airlines was battered last year by double jet disasters. Its government owner has brought in a new CEO to oversee a 6 billion ringgit ($1.7 billion) turnaround.

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.

Texas Attack Highlights Potential for Terrorist Action

May 7, 2015 11:35 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is claiming responsibility for an attack in Garland, Texas in which two gunmen opened fire on an event where attendees were asked to draw the prophet Muhammad.  Attacks like this should be a point of focus for business continuity professionals.

Report: Germanwings Crash Co-Pilot Tried Slow Descent before Bringing Plane Down

May 6, 2015 2:15 pm | by Jamey Keaten, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities are still puzzling over why co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who had suffered from suicidal tendencies and depression in the past, sent the Barcelona-to-Duesseldorf flight straight into the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 people on board.

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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.

Jennie-O Lays Off 233 Workers Due to Bird Flu

May 6, 2015 1:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Jennie-O Turkey Store said it will lay off 233 employees at its processing plant in the southern Minnesota city of Faribault because of bird flu outbreaks that have cut its turkey supply.  In a statement, the country's second-largest turkey processor said the Faribault plant will switch to a single shift for the foreseeable future.

Los Angeles Sues Wells Fargo, Alleging Fraud by Employees

May 6, 2015 1:43 pm | by Christopher Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wells Fargo Bank employees driven by strict sales pressure issued unwanted credit cards and opened unauthorized accounts that charged customers fees and damaged their credit, according to a lawsuit filed by the city of Los Angeles.

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.

Bird Flu Found in Five More Northwest Iowa Poultry Farms

April 29, 2015 4:02 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The deadly bird flu virus was found in an egg-laying flock with 3.7 million chickens in northwest Iowa in addition to four more poultry farms, state agriculture officials said.  The virus will now cost Iowa egg producers about a sixth of the state's 60 million hens, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said, or nearly 9.8 million chickens that have either been or will be euthanized.

Relative Calm in Baltimore Tuesday Following Riots

April 28, 2015 11:44 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

According to the Mayor's Office of Economic and Neighborhood Development in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has requested support from the National Guard, who have been deployed to the city to assist police.  A 24-hour emergency operations center has been established to assist in coordinating a response.

Top Five Plenary Speaker Quotes from CIMC2015

April 28, 2015 11:30 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference featured sessions by business continuity professionals from every area of the industry, from emergency management to IT/disaster recovery. Here are the top five quotes from our three plenary speakers.

Fire at Taiwan Nuclear Power Plant Prompts Reactor Shutdown

April 27, 2015 11:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A reactor at a nuclear power plant in southern Taiwan was shut down following a fire that broke out this weekend, its operator said.Taiwan Power Co. spokesman Lin Te-fu told Kyodo News the fire occurred at the Maanshan Nuclear Power Plant at Hengchun, apparently caused by a short-circuited supplementary transformer.

Man Nabbed Over Drone may have Targeted U.S. Facility, Nuclear Plant

April 27, 2015 11:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A man arrested for flying a drone onto the prime minister's office with traces of radioactive material may have targeted a U.S. facility in Tokyo and a nuclear power plant in Kagoshima as well, sources close to the matter said.  A small four-propeller drone bearing a container holding sand with trace amounts of radioactive cesium was found on the roof of the prime minister's office.

Chandler Says Leadership is Critical in Avoiding Ethical Disasters

April 22, 2015 8:30 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Dr. Robert Chandler, Director of the Nicholson School of Communications at the University of Central Florida, discussed the impact of ethical disasters and the role of upper management in preventing them at the 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference on Tuesday, April 21.

Study links swarm of quakes in Texas to natural gas drilling

April 22, 2015 5:53 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

With real-time monitors, scientists have linked a swarm of small earthquakes west of Fort Worth, Texas, to nearby natural gas wells and wastewater injection.  In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists monitored the shaking. It's an area that had no recorded quakes for 150 years.

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