MIR3 advises checking Preparedness & DR Plans ahead of Hurricane Season

Hurricane season approaches, MIR3 checklist helps Business Continuity Planners prepareWith the 2011 hurricane season set to officially begin June 1, MIR3, the innovator of real-time Intelligent Notification™ and response technology, is urging employers to review their current business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) plans to keep employees safe and operations running should a hurricane or tropical storm hit.
According to the Colorado State University forecast team, the 2011 hurricane season is anticipated to be an above average season, with 16 named tropical storms and nine hurricanes likely to form in the Atlantic basin, with five expected to develop into major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher. Employers with staff along the eastern and Gulf coasts of the Atlantic must prepare for risks associated with these storms that can negatively impact business operations including mass power outages, property damage and potential harm to employees.

Commons Transport Select Committee reports on winter travel chaos

Snow causes massive disruption across the UK The Commons Transport Select Committee has issued its report on last year's snow chaos that shut Heathrow airport and disabled significant parts of the rail network.
Many roads including motorways were badly affected and it is reported that £280 million was lost to the UK economy each day.

Former FEMA Exec advocates all hazards approach to Business Continuity in wake of tornados

The dozens of tornadoes that ripped through the Southern States of the US in 2011 left 340 people dead and hundreds unaccounted for, according to the latest reports from the Associated Press.
In what is one of the worst natural disasters to hit the region since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the storms have people and businesses scrambling to recover from the incredible devastation. But is it even possible for businesses and employees to prepare for a catastrophe of this scale? 

Using mass notification systems to issue weather Alerts - Video

During severe weather getting information on how disruptions are impacting on transport systems and services is a valuable capability.  Whether you are a public sector organisation or a business, proactively distributing accurate information can make a huge difference on how you and your stakeholders cope. 

Business Continuity for extreme weather events

The conference will benefit from expert speakers such as John Sharp who lectures on Business Continuity for the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, and Alex Nickson who is the Mayor of London's Climate Change advisor.

The day will feature a range of presentations from practitioners discussing their experiences from recent Severe Weather incidents, each followed by a short workshop in order to facilitate learning between delegates.

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UK Whiteout - SMB's need better Business Continuity Planning


With SMB's facing severe disruption the Continuity Forum asks is it always someone elses fault?

As business struggles in the face of economic recession, heavy snowfall across the UK has added to their woes, but also highlights the lack of Business Continuity Planning in most businesses.

Government updates heatwave advice

Updated guidance on how to cope in a heatwave has been issued by the government's health adviser as the country gears up for hot temperatures.

Early indications from the Met Office hint at a warmer than average July and August this summer.

England's Chief Medical Officer Professor Sir Liam Donaldson set out measures people can take to protect their own health.

City streets flooded after deluge

Torrential rain and hail brought flash floods to Leeds on Tuesday - sparking hundreds of calls to the fire brigade.

Hurricane zones: No need to become a sitting duck

Oct 18, 2005

The devastation in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina graphically illustrates how destructive extreme weather can be.

For risk management professionals, the fearsome power of hurricanes is such that they present a unique set of challenges.

Oliver Schofield, a director at the global property practice at Aon, the consultant and insurance broker, says: "You can risk manage your way out of all sorts of problems. But when a hurricane is about to strike your building you have a major problem. This is outside management control."

Softening the blows of disaster

The enormity of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina on the communities of the US Gulf coast has yet to be comprehensively assessed. Already, though, the consequences for businesses around the world are beginning to become clear.

Insurance claims are expected to run to many billions of dollars, and the closure of oil refineries is causing a surge in fuel prices. Coming soon after last month’s severe floods in Switzerland and Austria, and with the Indian Ocean tsunamis fresh in the memory, Katrina has reminded us of the impact natural disasters can have on business – especially those that are unprepared.

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