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Posted on October 7, 2015 by

The 10 Habits of Highly Resilient Organizations

Part of what I love about my job is visiting with customers of all sizes and a variety of industries around the world and seeing firsthand the different ways they approach business continuity and cybersecurity.  Just as no two companies are alike, no two programs are exactly alike.  A company’s mission, culture and leadership philosophies always drive the way a company addresses risk. These are 10 habits I’ve observed consistently from well-prepared organizations. 1. Leadership Buy-in It’s easy…

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Posted on September 2, 2015 by

National Emergency Preparedness Month and the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge

September is widely recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM). As such, there are several ways you can participate to ensure you, your family, and your business are prepared for all threats. Outside of the programs associated with NPM, one growing platform is the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge. Here are a few ways your organization can get involved with these efforts and become more prepared for an emergency. National Preparedness Month Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency…

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Posted on August 24, 2015 by

Flu Season Is Here: Working around a Reduced Workforce

It’s that time of year again, where students trade in their late mornings and long summer days for bus rides and homework. The excitement surrounding the first few days of school is almost palpable, as students grow accustomed to their new routines, meet new people, and learn new things; yet, there’s one thing most people—parents especially—do not look forward to: the “back-to-school plague.” According to the CDC, children in elementary school on average get eight to twelve colds…

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Posted on June 11, 2015 by

Rowdy Crowd Clashes with Police at Summer Jam Concert

Chaos erupted at a concert in New Jersey over the weekend when a restless crowd tried to forcefully enter the venue. Authorities say attendees tried to illegally enter the Summer Jam hip-hop concert at Met Life stadium, forcing police in riot gear to try to contain the disruptive group. Witnesses of the event painted a different picture saying concert attendees were upset because it was taking too long to go through security. One witness says everyone that was…

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Posted on May 21, 2015 by

5 Things to Do to Avoid Avian Flu

The “worst outbreak of avian flu in US history” has swept across the Midwest, forcing the killing of 38.9 million birds and counting. This particular strain of bird flu, H2N2, was first confirmed in Washington, but has now reached 15 states and 174 farms. Chickens and turkeys are highly susceptible to the virus, and because there is no vaccine available, infected and even healthy birds must be killed to stop the virus from spreading. Avian flu does not…

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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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