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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...

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...

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...

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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.     

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.

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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.

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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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Storms Tear Through South, Adding to US Death Toll

April 29, 2014 12:42 pm | by Adrian Sainz, Jeff Amy Associated Press | News | Comments

A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday. As the storm hopscotched across a large swath of the U.S...

Report: FLASH Survey Highlights Ignorance of Hurricane Facts

April 15, 2014 11:39 am | by FLASH | News | Comments

A national Harris Interactive Survey commissioned by the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® has revealed some frightening perceptions regarding hurricane evacuation.  The survey found that a vast majority of Americans, 84 percent, mistakenly base their life or death evacuation decisions on the hurricane category and/or wind speed. 

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.

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 being re-established, three days after a powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake. The government also issued a three-month health alert for the quake-hit regions.   

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.                   

No National System To Track Landslide Hazards

April 1, 2014 9:54 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA & PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn't even know the hillside could give way at any time.  

Global Warming Dials Up Our Risks, UN Report Says

April 1, 2014 9:47 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control," the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday. And he's not alone.          

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.

UN: 2013 Extreme Events Due To Warming Earth

March 25, 2014 9:17 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the UN weather agency said Monday that recent extreme weather patterns are "consistent" with human-induced climate change, citing key events that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe, the U.S. and Pacific region last year.   

Chileans Worry Over String Of 300 Quakes In North

March 25, 2014 9:07 am | by LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 300 earthquakes have shaken Chile's far-northern coast in the past week, keeping people on edge as scientists say there is no way to tell if the unusual string of tremors is a harbinger of an impending disaster.       

Obama Unleashing Power Of Data On Climate Change

March 19, 2014 12:27 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. Officials figure the more you know about climate change, the more likely you are to do something.         

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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