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Posted on April 13, 2015 by

Life Safety Made Easy for Property Managers

A recent gas explosion in New York City’s East Village neighborhood caused three apartment buildings to collapse and burst into flames and one other to catch fire. The traumatic event killed two people and left many others with severe injuries. Not only is there considerable damage to be repaired, but now the building’s owners could be facing manslaughter charges after allowing illegal plumbing work to be performed. Gas was allegedly being supplied from one building to another, and this…

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Posted on April 6, 2015 by

False Story Leads to Real Loss of Reputation

After a three-month investigation, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has released a report fully discrediting a story by Rolling Stone magazine. Rolling Stone ran a story in November 2014 titled “A Rape on Campus” that detailed a woman’s account of being gang raped at the University of Virginia. However, it was soon revealed that many of the allegations in the story were false and had not been appropriately checked by the writer. Columbia’s report concludes that the author and…

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Posted on April 2, 2015 by

Plan Ahead for These 3 Spring Severe Weather Events

Spring is a time of change, and that includes the weather. Colder weather is on its way out as warmer weather starts to move in, creating the perfect recipe for severe weather. Severe weather is unpredictable and can hit at any time, so it is crucial to plan ahead. The following list highlights three common spring severe weather events and what you can do to be ready for them.  1. Thunderstorms  Spring weather can go from warm and…

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Posted on March 23, 2015 by

Crisis Communication 101 for Repairing a Million Dollar Reputation

Millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst has been arrested in connection with the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman. Durst’s life has constantly been clouded in controversy and this arrest is just the most recent incident. He was questioned in the mysterious disappearance of his wife in 1982 and admitted to killing and dismembering his neighbor in self-defense in 2001, but he was not charged in the disappearance and was acquitted of the murder charge. Durst’s story…

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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 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 2, 2014 by

September is National Preparedness Month 2014: Are You Prepared?

If a disaster struck tomorrow would you be ready? Would your company have a plan of action? If you answered “no” to these questions, then National Preparedness Month is definitely something to pay attention to. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the government has pushed the importance of emergency preparedness no matter the threat. Since its creation, National Preparedness Month has done just that. Sponsored by FEMA, the month is used as a teaching moment for organizations to…

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Posted on August 29, 2014 by

Radioactive Rice Draws Concern in Singapore

Fukushima-grown rice exports have hit grocery store shelves in Singapore this week. These are the first exports of rice grown in the area since the March 2011 radiation leak at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s nuclear plant. Although Singapore food safety measures are known to be some of the strictest in the world, there is still concern over the consumption of rice and other produce cultivated in Fukushima Prefecture. That concern is not unfounded. According to the most…

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Posted on April 21, 2014 by

Five Common Workplace Habits That Can Contribute to Cyberattacks

You’ve heeded the headlines of the latest hacker and hoax and may have even changed all of your passwords. Perhaps you experienced the heartburn from the “heart bleed bug” or other notorious nuisances.  Each worldwide threat, virus or breach gets increasingly complicated; but often the source for many contemporary cyberthreats is as simple as someone leaving a cell phone on the lunchroom counter. Since we advise people on matters of business continuity when major cyberattacks occur, we thought…

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Posted on April 15, 2014 by

Webinar – Preparing for Hurricane Season: Forecasts, Planning & Case Studies

Hurricane season can significantly impact the continuity of operations for a range of businesses – from retail to law and financial services firms – across the U.S.  Planning, training and testing your Business Continuity program in advance is key to ensuring your organization can successfully weather the storms. Join Preparis SVP of Business Continuity Doug Langley and guest Mike Smith, Chief Innovation Officer for AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, for an expert discussion on: – The 2014 hurricane forecast models -…

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