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[3 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | 1,352 views]
Haiti implements national plan for disaster risk reduction

Article by Homeland Security Newswire
http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com
Published March 28, 2012
 
The government of Haiti and the UN Development Program launch Haiti’s National System for Disaster Risk Reduction program; the UN says this is one of the first times that a developing country has taken advance measures to reduce the vulnerability of its people and economy to future earthquakes
Haiti’s minister of the interior, Thierry Mayard-Paul and UN Development Program (UNDP) administrator, Helen Clark, the other day hosted a ceremony in Cap-Haitien, putting into action a Seismic Risk Reduction Plan for Northern Haiti.
The Ministry of the Interior of Haiti …

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[3 Apr 2012 | Comments Off | 1,031 views]
If Japan-like disaster happened in U.S., results would be far worse

An estimated 20,000 people died or are still missing after a massive earthquake-induced tsunami struck Japan on 11 March 2011, yet some 200,000 people were in the inundation zone at the time; experts say that if the same magnitude earthquake and tsunami hits the Pacific Northwest, the death toll will be much higher because of the lack of comparable preparation; that 90 percent rate could be the number of victims, not survivors.

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[7 Sep 2011 | Comments Off | 1,839 views]

By: Mickey McCarter
August 5, 2011
As emergency management chief for the state of Florida, Craig Fugate recalled getting private businesses involved in disaster planning early. He reached out to the state’s major retail association and engaged their input, placing their experts in the state’s emergency operations center and on its logistics team.
But when he arrived at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), legal advisers told him duplicating that model was a bad idea. Liability and privacy issues, among others, created barriers to tapping the …

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[4 Aug 2011 | Comments Off | 2,753 views]

By: Mickey McCarter
May 10, 2011

Almost 200 years ago, an earthquake with a magnitude of more than 7.0 on the Richter scale hit the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which runs from Illinois through Missouri and into Arkansas, including part of Tennessee as well.
On Dec. 16, 1811, the first earthquake struck Memphis, Tenn., triggering a series of earthquakes that ended on Feb. 7, 1812. The earthquakes shifted landmasses, forming entirely new lakes and altering the topography of the area. The Mississippi River is said to …

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[30 Jan 2011 | Comments Off | 2,725 views]
Missed Opportunities with Red Flags and Warning Signs

Already in 2011, tragedies in Tucson and Omaha have reminded each of us about the consequences of missed opportunities involving red flags and warning signs.  Lives were lost and lives will be changed forever because of these and many other tragic incidents.
We are now learning numerous red flags and warning signs existed involving the gunman in each tragedy, which has many people asking why these two tragedies were not prevented and how can we prevent future incidents like these from occurring?
Some people are suggesting new gun control laws in Arizona …

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[21 Jul 2010 | Comments Off | 1,585 views]
With the Start of Hurricane Season, Reevaluate Preparedness and Disaster Recovery Plans

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With the start of the 2010 hurricane season, MIR3, the innovator of real-time global notification and response technology, is urging employers to review their current business continuity and disaster recovery plans to keep employees safe and operations running should a hurricane or tropical storm hit.
According to researchers, the 2010 hurricane season is forecasted to be an above average season, with eight hurricanes and 15 named tropical storms likely to form in the Atlantic basin, with four of the storms expected to develop into major hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 …

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[10 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | 3,445 views]
Red Flags, Threat Assessments and Connecting-the-Dots

Red Flags, Threat Assessments and Connecting-the-Dots
Rick Shaw, CEO Awareity
-June 10th 2010-
Have you noticed more and more comments from the media, safety experts and government leaders are focusing on the failure of organizations to connect-the-dots and the failure to identify red flags prior to emergencies and crisis situations?
From Columbine to Virginia Tech to Fort Hood to the University of Alabama and South Hadley… challenges with red flags, threat assessments and connecting-the-dots have been going on for years; what changes do organizations need to make?
Identifying Red Flags
Why are so many red flags …

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[4 Jun 2010 | 3 Comments | 2,185 views]

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Contact for Reporters:
Emily Narvaes Wilmsen
970.491.2336
Emily.Wilmsen@ColoState.EDU
Colorado State University Hurricane Forecast Team Increases Prediction, Calls for Very Active 2010 Hurricane Season
Note to Reporters: Downloadable video of the Colorado State University Hurricane Forecast Team is available at http://www.news.colostate.edu/video.aspx. Downloadable audio is available at http://www.news.colostate.edu/audio.aspx.
FORT COLLINS – The Colorado State University hurricane forecast team today increased its predictions and is now calling for a very active 2010 season in the Atlantic basin with 18 named storms predicted. The forecast was based on much warmer-than-normal tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures …

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[27 Apr 2010 | One Comment | 2,250 views]

-Victoria Tozer-Pennington-
 
Erupting volcanoes do not often show up in scenario plans for financial services firms but they might do from now on.
An event such as a giant volcanic ash cloud closing the European airspace for almost a week is proof that so-called black swans – or extremely rare loss events – really do happen. The chaos caused by the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano brings home the importance of having business continuity plans in place that prepare for all eventualities.
“The volcanic ash cloud and the effect across Europe is truly …

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[24 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 5,301 views]
Emergency Management and Crisis Management Teams for Business Continuity

- By Ronald C. French -
Feb. 24, 2010
Certain assumptions must be made when developing a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) or a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). Business operations during an emergency are not “business as usual”. Decisions that are critical to the resiliency of a business in an emergency must be made by managers that are fully knowledgeable of their operations and fully documented in any organization’s BCP/COOP.
Unanticipated threats and emergencies can and will occur with no warning that could cause a significantly adverse impact on an organization’s mission essential …