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Storm Could Complicate FairPoint Strike

October 24, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nor'easter could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, with driving rain and strong wind gusts possibly causing service disruptions as more than 1,700 workers remain on strike.

Remnants of Hurricane Hit Britain with Rain, Strong Winds

October 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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Four Core Elements of an Effective Employee Personal Preparedness Program

October 21, 2014 10:43 am | by Jeff Hamilton | Blogs | Comments

Jeff Hamilton, President and COO of Nexis Preparedness Systems, discusses the importance for...

Mudslides, Flooding in Mexico Leave Six People Dead

October 21, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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Officials Say 407 People Rescued in Nepal after Blizzards

October 21, 2014 9:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 39 people, including trekkers from Canada, India, Israel, Slovakia, Poland and Japan, died in the blizzards and avalanches that swept the Himalayas last week, battering the popular Annapurna trekking circuit. Nepalese officials said they rescued 407 people, 226 of them foreigners.

Lowther Addresses Guaranteed Housing During Disasters

October 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Michelle Lowther, Principal in Continuity Housing, discussed securing hotel rooms for critical personnel during disasters at an Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) meeting at the Metropolitan College of New York on Thursday, Oct. 16.  

Despite Negative Effects, Businesses can Capitalize on Winter Weather

October 17, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After last year's rough winter and with forecasts of another snowy season, small business owners want to ensure they can operate through whatever's ahead and, in some cases, capitalize from it.  Companies who have contingency plans for winter weather can use ice and snow to their advantage.

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Category 4 Storm Gonzalo Approaching Bermuda

October 15, 2014 4:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Gonzalo barreled toward Bermuda as a powerful Category four storm Wednesday, threatening the tiny archipelago as residents were still repairing homes and clearing trees and power lines knocked down days earlier by a tropical storm. 

Pilot Killed After Air Tanker Crashes Into Canyon Wall While Battling Blaze

October 15, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A California firefighting aircraft that crashed into a canyon wall in Yosemite National Park last week, killing the pilot, might have struck a tree as it approached a wildfire, tearing off a wing, federal investigators said.  The twin-engine S-2T air tanker was destroyed when it hit the ground.

Fracking Could be to Blame for Small, Unnoticeable Earthquakes

October 15, 2014 3:50 pm | News | Comments

 A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique.  The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.

Man Arrested for Starting Fire that Damaged Buildings, Forests

October 13, 2014 4:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California man was arrested Saturday on charges of starting a wildfire that devastated the lumber town of Weed last month, authorities said.  Ronald Beau Marshall, 24, was taken into custody on felony counts of arson to inhabited structures, property and forest land.

Cyclone Kills At Least Eight, Destroys Homes in India

October 13, 2014 2:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescue workers and soldiers cleared uprooted trees and electrical poles blocking roads on Monday after a tropical cyclone killed at least eight people and demolished tens of thousands of mud huts in eastern India.  Rescuers readied dozens of boats, helicopters and other aircraft to carry out relief operations once they obtained a clearer idea of the extent of damage in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states,

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Earthquake Kills One, Damages Buildings in China

October 10, 2014 8:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one person, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials said.  The earthquake with a magnitude of at least 6.0 hit the Weiyuan city area of Yunnan province at 9:49 p.m. when most residents would have been in their homes.

New Jersey Transit Suing Insurers for Sandy Funds

October 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey Transit is suing its insurers for more help paying to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.  The agency filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month claiming that Lloyds of London and other insurance companies capped payments after Sandy at $100 million, because that was the cap for flood damage.

Small Wildfires Destroy Homes, Shut Down Highway

October 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A series of small wildfires that broke out along Interstate 80 burned one home, threatened dozens more and brought the partial shutdown of the key highway between Northern California and Nevada.  The wildfires some 40 miles northeast of Sacramento grew to a combined 380 acres

New York City Officials, Advocates Strike Deal to Help Disabled Residents in Disasters

October 3, 2014 4:52 pm | News | Comments

Advocates and city officials said they've struck a deal to protect nearly 900,000 residents with disabilities during disasters.  The deal resulted from a federal class action lawsuit brought in 2011, a year before Superstorm Sandy left many disabled residents stranded in high-rise buildings and other areas, unsure where to turn for help.

Weather Turning Cold, Officials Unable to Stabilize Landslide

October 3, 2014 4:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say they don't have enough time left before cold weather arrives to get going on a project to permanently stabilize a slow-moving landslide in Wyoming that tore one house in two and cut off access to dozens of other homes last spring.

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2014 Monsoon Season Brought Severe Weather to Southwest

October 2, 2014 4:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's Southwest monsoon season will be remembered for unusually intense storms that brought months' worth of rain in just one day.  Some areas in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico received more rain in a day than in a typical season, the National Weather Service said. The rains caused flooding, sending water into homes and closing roads throughout the region.

As Kashmir Floods Subside, Locals Still Furious with Indian Government

October 2, 2014 2:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flooding in Kashmir in early September killed 281 people, destroyed at least 100,000 homes and caused an estimated $17 billion in damage.  Kashmiris' fury over what they view as a woefully inadequate government response is reviving calls for independence, tapping decades of animosity that fueled a 25-year separatist battle and an Indian military crackdown that left tens of thousands dead in the mostly Muslim region.

Japan's Mount Ontake Erupts, Killing Several

September 30, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in ash. The mountain is a popular climbing destination, and at least 250 people were initially trapped on the slopes, though most made their way down by Saturday night.

Heavy Rains Bring Hail and Flooding to Arizona, Nevada

September 30, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Intense storms swept through the Southwest on Saturday, snapping trees and shrouding metropolitan Phoenix in cascading showers while also bringing flooding to parts of Nevada.  The Salt River Project utility said that about 31,000 customers were without power.

Eight Killed, Homes Destroyed after Peru Earthquake

September 29, 2014 2:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A shallow, 4.9-magnitude earthquake killed at least eight people whose crudely constructed homes collapsed in a remote Andean village near Cuzco, a Peruvian civil defense official said.  Peru's government declared a 90-day state of emergency in the area.

Drought Could Have Serious Financial Impact on California Farmers

September 29, 2014 2:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With harvest time across California, many of the state's once-robust crops are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state's historic drought.  Economists at the University of California, Davis said that agriculture, once a $44 billion annual business in California, will suffer a financial hit of $2.2 billion due to revenue losses and higher water costs.

American Society of Civil Engineers Calls for New Flood Mitigation Strategies

September 22, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Society of Civil Engineers  is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.  The group is calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to develop a sustainable way to pay for infrastructure maintenance and updates to help manage floods.

Firefighters Making Progress in Battling Blaze

September 22, 2014 11:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cooler, wet weather helped firefighters make progress on a huge Northern California wildfire that destroyed nearly three-dozen structures, forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people and forced the cancellation of a sporting event because of the smoke.

Heavy Rains Trigger Landslides, Flash Floods

September 22, 2014 11:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy rains in parts of northeastern India triggered landslides and flash floods, killing at least seven people, officials said Monday.  A senior police official in Meghalaya state said the deaths occurred in the northern part of the state.

Mexican Government Begins Airlifting Tourists After Hurricane Odile

September 19, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.  Military and commercial planes carried travelers out through the Los Cabos international airport, which remains closed to commercial flights

Crowded Shelters, Lack of Equipment Compounding Problems in Kashmir

September 19, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors in the flood-ravaged Himalayan region of Kashmir said Wednesday that they were seeing outbreaks of gastroenteritis among people crowded into shelters after their homes were inundated two weeks ago.  Patients were also dying due to a lack of basic medical equipment.

Residents, Tourists Trapped as Hurricane Hits Baja California

September 16, 2014 8:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.  Forecasters predicted a dangerous storm surge with large waves as well as drenching rains capable of causing landslides and flash floods.

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