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Posted on November 10, 2014 by

Ebola Virus Disease: Fact vs. Fiction

Recent news headlines have been inundated with updates on Ebola. Here at Preparis we pride ourselves on helping businesses prepare for any threat, a part of that includes providing factual information. There seems to be a great deal of content surrounding the current Ebola outbreak which may lead to confusion. With that being said, we have created an infographic including facts on the virus as well as common misconceptions. You can download the complete infographic by clicking on the picture…

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Posted on October 23, 2014 by

5 Things to Know about Chagas Disease

Roughly 8 million people across Latin America have Chagas disease, a potentially fatal disease caused by the American trypanosomiasis parasite, commonly known as the “kissing bug” as it typically bites humans around the mouth. In the past, the disease was generally contained to the affected Latin American communities; however, with the increased mobility to and from endemic areas*, the number of Chagas cases has grown in the US. The CDC estimates 300,000 people in the US are currently…

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Posted on October 7, 2014 by

Ebola diagnosed in the US: Why Pandemic Planning Should be a Priority

The first case of Ebola virus in the United States was diagnosed earlier this week in Dallas, Texas. The unidentified patient has been admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where he is being quarantined for treatment. This is concerning news because until this point, the current Ebola has been contained to West Africa. Prior to this case, several US aid workers were transported to Atlanta, Georgia, after contracting the deadly virus in Liberia. This instance is different in that the patient was diagnosed…

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Posted on September 25, 2014 by

“Deadly Serious” Bash Bug Could Be Installed on Your Computer

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) released information on a new vulnerability that “may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code” on Unix systems carrying a specific code. This code — the Bourne Again Shell (Bash) code — is part of many Linux and Mac operating systems. Conservative estimates by experts speculate over 500 million devices could be affected by the bug. The enormity of those affected is matched by the severity of the vulnerability. Experts…

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Posted on September 18, 2014 by

EBay Delayed Reaction in XSS Phishing Scam Puts Consumers at Risk

Late Wednesday night, Paul Kerr, an eBay PowerSeller and IT employee in the UK, clicked on an auction listing for an iPhone 5S. Expecting to find out more information on the priced-to-sell item, he instead was redirected to a login screen where he was prompted to reenter his username and password. Kerr recognized the redirect as a major red flag and contacted eBay immediately. This type of scam is called cross-site scripting (XSS), a prime example of phishing….

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Posted on September 17, 2014 by

Large Wildfires Not Just a Concern for California

The media focus is on three large wildfires blazing their way across California, causing thousands of acres of damage and evacuating hundreds of residents. But according to the USDA Forest Service, there are 13 large incident wildfires currently charring the West Coast. Large incident wildfires—those that burn at least 100 acres in timber or at least 100 acres in grass/sage—are roaring from as far north as  Clackamas County, Oregon, to as far south as Orange County, California. To…

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Posted on September 16, 2014 by

Hurricane Odile Pummels Vacation Paradise

The dangerous weather system made landfall late Sunday night in the southern Baja California Peninsula making it the strongest hurricane on record in the region. Odile struck tourist attraction Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, bringing with it strong winds and causing copious amounts of damage. At landfall the Category 3 storm was recorded as having up to 125 mph winds. About 30,000 tourists were evacuated and advised to take refuge in one of the 164 shelters set up…

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Posted on September 10, 2014 by

Flooding: Why it Should Be a Part of Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

Historic flooding brought the southwestern region of the United States to a screeching halt on Monday. An area with sporadic rainfall, certain places in the southwest were surprised to have seen more rain in one day than they have in June, July, and August combined. The rare mix of monsoon rains and the leftovers of Hurricane Norbert have left businesses and residents alike stunned at the power of several inches of rain. With states like California, Nevada, Arizona,…

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Posted on September 9, 2014 by

What You Need to Know about Enterovirus D68 to Keep Your Business Running

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is sweeping across the Midwest, already hospitalizing over one thousand children in as many as 10 states. Although this virus has been around since 1962, what is alarming about the current outbreak is the number of cases sending those infected to the hospital. In a press release issued by the CDC, this strain of enterovirus has rarely been reported in the US—only 79 total cases were reported between 2009 and 2013. Given these circumstances, here…

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Posted on September 8, 2014 by

Levenson Comments a Cause for Incident Management

The announcement of the Atlanta Hawks sale over Bruce Levenson’s 2012 email containing derogatory comments proves the importance of an incident management plan. Incident management plans are not only necessary to ensure the safety of employees and continued business operations, they are also helpful in mitigating the potential loss of reputation during any crisis This type of public relations crisis has undoubtedly placed the entire Atlanta Hawks organization under the microscope, but the consequences are wider-reaching than that….

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