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New Calls for Early Warning System after Weekend Earthquake in California

August 27, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A university lab in the city of Berkeley is testing a prototype of an earthquake early-warning system that California is pursuing years after places like Mexico and Japan already have them up and running.   Experts say it would allow trains to slow down or stop, power plants and factories to shut off valves, and schoolchildren to dive under desks to avoid falling objects, reducing injuries and damage.

Hurricane Cristobal Gaining Strength as it Passes Through Caribbean

August 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Hurricane Cristobal was gradually gaining strength Tuesday as it headed over the Atlantic...

Wearable Fitness Product Provides Data from California Quake

August 26, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Data from users of Jawbone fitness products, wearable devices that track their user's daily...

Experts Urge California Nuclear Plant to Shut Down Due to Nearby Faults

August 25, 2014 11:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating...

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Wildfires Destroy Eight Structures, Threaten 500 More

August 19, 2014 11:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks.  The nearly 2-square-mile blaze in Madera County had destroyed eight structures and was threatening 500 others around Oakhurst, which is about 16 miles away from an entrance to Yosemite.

Detroit Area Sees Heavy Flooding

August 12, 2014 2:58 pm | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

Warren Mayor James Fouts said roughly 1,000 vehicles had been abandoned in floodwaters in the suburb where many roads were closed after 5.2 inches of rain fell Monday. He said he would contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help.

Southwest Braces as Lake Mead Water Levels Drop

August 12, 2014 1:48 pm | by Ken Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Marina operators, water managers and farmers who for decades have chased every drop of water across the booming Southwest and part of Mexico are closely tracking the reservoir water level already at its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s.

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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.

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.

State of Emergency Declared as Fires Force Evacuation of Town, Hospital

August 5, 2014 9:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in Northern California that have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain — one of which was menacing a small town and prompted the evacuation of a long-term care hospital.

Storms Hit Eastern United States, Damage Homes and Businesses

July 28, 2014 5:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens of large trees were uprooted.   

Another Typhoon in China Likely a Factor in Plane Crash

July 28, 2014 4:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A typhoon has killed 13 people in China and left thousands in need of basic living supplies, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Sunday.The bad weather associated with Typhoon Matmo in Taiwan is considered a likely factor in a plane crash on a small Taiwanese island that killed 48 people last week.

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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

Typhoon Kills 18, Causes Estimated $4.3 Billion in Damage to China

July 21, 2014 4:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 18 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes.  The storm ravaged 468,500 hectares (1.2 million acres) of crops in Hainan and Guangdong provinces and Guangxi, causing $4.3 billion in damage

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.

Fire Still Growing, Dozens Evacuated

July 14, 2014 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters have built a partial line around a fast-growing wildfire in southern Oregon that has destroyed structures and led to dozens of evacuations.  The last measurement estimated the blaze at about 4 1/2 square miles according to officials

Typhoon Neoguri Makes Landfall in Okinawa

July 7, 2014 4:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Forecasts show the storm tracking toward Kyushu island and then across Japan's main island of Honshu. It is forecast to lose some power over land, but winds and heavy rains could cause landslides and other damage, Ebihara warned.     

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Typhoon Warnings Now Mandatory in The Philippines

June 30, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Philippines has passed a law that requires cellphone companies to send warnings to millions of people in the path of deadly typhoons, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes in an effort to reduce the high number of fatalities that occur almost every year. 

Warning Prevents Loss of Life During South Dakota Tornado

June 23, 2014 9:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A timely warning allowed an entire South Dakota city to shelter from a tornado that razed dozens of homes and businesses but injured only one or two people.  Ten businesses were destroyed and at least 43 houses were damaged or destroyed in the city of about 850 residents.

Severe Wind, Flood Leaves Three Dead

June 6, 2014 4:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Strong winds and flooding led to the deaths of at least three people in the South on Thursday as powerful thunderstorms moved through several states.In Arkansas, two people were killed as strong winds toppled trees.  In southern Tennessee, a 72-year-old man died when his vehicle was swept downstream.

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.

Damage to SD Facility Caused by Straight-Line Wind

June 3, 2014 1:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan reports that the facility west of Irene was damaged just after 2 p.m. Sunday as a storm rolled through the region. A section of the steel metal facility was torn away and pushed onto Highway 46, blocking traffic for more than an hour.

Hurricane Season: 5 Things You Should Know

May 27, 2014 2:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting this hurricane season, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami will begin dropping small drones into storms in the hope they can learn more about how storms strengthen and better predict a storm's intensity. With the season's official start just days away, here are five other things to know about hurricanes...

Fears Linger for Students Who Faced Deadly Tornado

May 19, 2014 8:29 pm | by Sean Murphy, Associated Press | News | Comments

One year after the deadly tornado carved a 17-mile path through the heart of this Oklahoma City suburb and killed 24 people, deep scars remain — especially for families who lost loved ones and children traumatized after riding out the fearsome storm inside two elementary schools.

Snow in Rockies but Western Drought Continues

May 13, 2014 11:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Much of the West remains in some stage of drought, with the worst conditions in Southern California and the Southern Plains and Texas Panhandle. Gusty Santa Ana winds are raising the fire danger in California, where temperatures are expected to top 100 degrees in drought-stricken inland areas this week.

White House Tackles Climate Change with Solar Panels

May 13, 2014 10:24 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technicians have finished installing solar panels on the White House roof, capping a project that President Barack Obama hopes will send a signal that renewable energy is feasible and environmentally shrewd. Obama said in 2010 that he would retrofit his family's new home with solar panels starting in 2011...

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.

Louisiana 1927: The Great Mississippi River Flood

May 6, 2014 10:22 am | Videos | Comments

At last week's Continuity Insights Management Conference in New Orleans, during one of the general sessions, we featured a video which was originally produced and aired for our 2007 conference, two years after Hurricane Katrina.  At the request of many attendees, they have asked that we post this video for additional viewing.

ARAG Offers Free Disaster Prep Advice Amid Tornado Outbreak

April 29, 2014 12:57 pm | by ARAG | News | Comments

More than 75 million Americans are under the threat of severe weather today – that's about a third of the country – according to the National Weather Service. From the Great Lakes to the Deep South and from the Midwest to the East Coast, Americans have been warned to stay alert. ARAG...

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