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Homes, Businesses Evacuated After Chemical Mixture Bursts Into Flames

November 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility.  A vacuum truck exploded into flames at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co., spreading about 1,200 gallons of a waste chemical mixture that contained sulfuric acid and a highly combustible organic peroxide, fire officials said.

New Agency Established in Wake of Ferry Sinking Incident

November 19, 2014 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea formally launched a new safety agency...

Polish Electoral Commission Targeted by Hackers

November 19, 2014 2:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Computer hackers have attacked the website of...

Top Five: 2014 Extreme Weather Events

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Few things can shut down business operations like...

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State of Aging Structures a Concern in New Orleans' French Quarter

November 17, 2014 3:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The collapse of a 210-year-old building in the heart of the French Quarter is raising warning flags about decay and a lack of rigorous inspections in one of America's oldest and most fragile neighborhoods.  No one was injured when the three-story, brick-and-cypress building collapsed in late October, but the episode has thrown into focus an array of problems throughout the nearly 300-year-old Quarter.

Chickens, Ducks Killed Over Bird Flu Concerns

November 17, 2014 3:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chickens were being killed in the Netherlands, and Britain was preparing to kill ducks, after two cases of bird flu were discovered in Europe — but officials insisted Monday that the risk to public health was very low.  British officials said they were investigating a case of the H5 bird flu virus in northern England, but noted it's not the more dangerous H5N1 strain.

Hack Causes State Department to Shut Down Entire E-Mail System

November 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack.  A senior department official said "activity of concern" was detected in the system around the same time as a previously reported incident that targeted the White House computer network.

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Safe America Foundation Presented 2014 WorldSafe Awards Nov. 8

November 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Safe America Foundation | Articles | Comments

The Safe America Foundation presented its WorldSafe Awards on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Delta Flight Museum in Hapeville, Ga. Individuals and organizations across various categories were recognized for their contributions to safety both nationally and internationally.

Students Still Missing, Protests Impacting Tourism

November 13, 2014 4:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As Mexico prepares to commemorate its 1910 revolution, hotels in Acapulco have seen a wave of cancellations after demonstrators temporarily shut down the airport, blocked highways and attacked government and political offices in the southern state of Guerrero.

Large Banks to Pay Nearly $3.4 Billion in Fines

November 13, 2014 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC Bank and UBS agreed to settlements totaling almost $3.4 billion with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. The British regulator said Barclays remains under investigation.

Law Enforcement, Activists Preparing for Grand Jury Decision

November 13, 2014 1:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that law enforcement officials have been working around the clock to make sure residents and businesses are kept safe once prosecutors announce whether a suburban St. Louis police officer will face charges for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.  A grand jury is expected to decide later this month whether to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 death of Brown, who was unarmed.

Water Issues Slowing Fukushima Cleanup

November 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods due to another ongoing issue. 

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Top Five: Reasons to Prepare for Winter Weather Right Now

November 11, 2014 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

As temperatures begin to drop, winter weather will soon be upon us.  Snow, ice, hail and “wintery mix” can bring a host of problems for business continuity professionals and their teams.  Here are five reasons you should begin making preparations for winter weather right now.

Effort to Protect Sensitive Data Struggling to Keep Pace with Cyberattacks

November 11, 2014 7:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security identification numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors.

The Ebola Outbreak by the Numbers

November 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, here are a few key numbers to get a handle on the epidemic.  According to an update this week from the World Health Organization, there have been 13,042 Ebola cases and 4,818 deaths since the first child died of the virus in December.

Belgian Workers Protest Free-Market Reforms

November 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Belgium's biggest postwar labor demonstrations brought about 100,000 workers to the capital on Thursday to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures that they claim undermine Belgium's vaunted welfare state.    

Initiative Will Attempt to Promote Trade, Investment in Ebola Stricken Nations

November 7, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Finance Corporation announced that the package will include $250 million in rapid response projects and at least $200 million in investment projects to support the economic recovery of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea after the Ebola outbreak is controlled.

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Who's Who: The Ebola Outbreak

November 4, 2014 11:17 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Ebola outbreak that has ravaged West Africa in 2014 has been the largest in history by far.    The virus has ravaged Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone while also having reported cases in other African countries, Europe and the United States.  Here are some of the most important individuals who have been in the news as it relates to Ebola.

Thousands in Sierra Leone Break Quarantines to Find Food

November 4, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them, aid agencies said.  Large swaths of the West African country have been sealed off to prevent the spread of Ebola, and within those areas many people have been ordered to stay in their homes.

Safety a Key for the Future of Space Flight

November 4, 2014 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In the past decade, the space industry has tried to go from risky and government-run to routine private enterprise — so routine that if you have lots of money you can buy a ticket on a private spaceship and become a space tourist... But it all depends on flying becoming safe and routine. 

Reactors Back On Line After Debris Removed

November 4, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 One of the two reactors at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in southwestern Michigan is back online after rough waters on Lake Michigan forced a two-day shutdown.  The company says it shut the generators early Saturday after excessive debris from large lake swells damaged several water screens.

Residents Evacuated After Eruption in Costa Rica

October 31, 2014 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The Turrialba volcano's largest eruption in over a century rained ash over parts of central Costa Rica and prompted the evacuation of some nearby communities, authorities said.  sh fall was observed in four provinces, and scientists were analyzing its content to determine whether the eruption could be a precursor to lava emission.

Business Continuity Planning Goes Mobile

October 31, 2014 10:08 am | by Chris Britton | In Case of Crisis | Blogs | Comments

Chris Britton, General Manager of In Case of Crisis, discusses incoporating mobile technology into business continuity planning, communicating with employees through mobile devices and how those devices are changing the way people think about BC.

Nurse Defies Voluntary Quarantine, Goes on Bike Ride

October 31, 2014 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride.  Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend stepped out of their home Thursday morning and rode away on mountain bikes, followed by state police cruiser.

Unmanned Shuttle Bound for International Space Station Explodes

October 31, 2014 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station.

Man Sets Fire to Store, Causing $2 Million in Damages

October 31, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A man has been jailed on charges he set fire to the Pennsylvania discount store where he worked, starting a blaze that did $2 million in damage to a strip mall.  The fire was started after he picked up a cigarette lighter from a shelf and began setting fire to paper products

Ebola Infections Declining, Virus Still a Serious Threat

October 29, 2014 3:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over.  The disease is still raging in parts of Sierra Leone and there is still a risk that the decline in Liberia won't be sustained

Planning for Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

October 28, 2014 10:50 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Goodyear | Articles | Comments

Mike Janko, Director of Global Business Continuity for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, discusses planning for infectious disease outbreaks and the importance of making your plans scalable.  He also discusses how outbreaks can effect your business regardless of where they occur.

'Social Resilience' Has Major Impact on Community Preparedness

October 28, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey suggests "social resilience" has a big impact on how prepared communities feel for different kinds of disasters and is seen as more valuable in a crisis than even government.

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