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1948 years ago in AD 63 an earthquake in southern Italy by the gulf of Naples seriously damaged the ancient city of Pompeii causing an undetermined number of deaths and spread out destruction, but the locals went to work rebuilding in the same spot until they were buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano 16 years later in AD 79.

Galveston TX Hurricanes

Average Brushed or hit every 2.94 years
Average Direct hit every 8.63 years

The Great Storm of 1900 - Sep 8th 1900 - Pop: 42,000 residents
Category 4 @ 135 mph -Great loss of life between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals – officially 8,000

The 1915 Storm, August 17th, Category 4 @ 135 mph
42    people dead in the Galveston area
$60 - 1915 million dollars in damage

Ike Sep 13th 2008 - The third most destructive hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States
Final landfall in Galveston Texas as a strong cat 2 with cat 5 equivalent storm surge winds extended 120 miles from the center.

Blamed for at least 195 deaths – 74 in Haiti and 112 in the USA 300 still missing. - Damages estimated at 24 billion (2008) US Dollars

Resulted in the largest evacuation in the state of Texas history and the largest search and rescue operation in US history

Nuclear Issues

Chernobyl, An Experiment Gone Wrong

On Saturday, April 26th, 1986 at 1:23 am, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded.
Ironically, the experiment consisted in testing how the power plant would respond in the event of an accident. The operators at the plant wanted to bring down the power output of the reactor to 25%, but over-confidence, poor training and poor knowledge of how a reactor works caused them to overdo it, and they ended up bringing down the power output to 1%. When they then tried to bring it up to 25%, the reactor overheated and exploded causing the worst nuclear accident in history.

Five U.S. nuclear reactors in earthquake zones

Status of the Nuclear Reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant

How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown

Hazards of Storing Spent Fuel

Timeline: Nuclear Plant Accidents

Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl

In graphics: Fukushima nuclear alert

Fukushima victims: homeless, desperate & angry

Japan Panel: Fukushima nuclear disaster "man-made"

More, Did You Know That


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Human Concerns

More than half of all cancer is preventable
    The knowledge to act on this information today -

Historic Heat in North America Turns Winter to Summer
    shattered records in U.S and Canada. -

Study confirms oil from Deepwater Horizon disaster
    entered food chain in the Gulf of Mexico -

6 Disasters Caused by Lack of Sleep
    Slide Show -

Rising Sea Levels
    Seen as Threat to Coastal U.S -

Survivors of Hurricane Katrina Struggle
    With Mental Health Years Later, Study Says -

WHO "deeply concerned" by mutated birdflu research
    could give the know-how for bioterror weapon -

Fukushima accident: disaster response failed - report
    Lack of preparedness and failures in the response-

Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases
    China, the U S and India, top producers of greenhouse gases-

Fukushima nuke pollution in sea 'was world's worst'
    France's nuclear monitor said -

Highly concentrated radiation found in Tokyo
    Radiation more concentrated than previously thought -

Canadian Arctic nearly loses entire ice shelf
    loss underscores the severity of the warming trend -

Polio strain spreads to China from Pakistan
    Polio has spread to China for the first time since 1999 -

Arctic Ice Hits Near-Record Low, Threatening Wildlife
    The Arctic could be ice-free in the summer by 2030-

Business Continuity

How to Start a Business Continuity Program
    ensuring the company keep making money after a disaster -

Higher insurance rates forecasted after Irene
    Snowtober caused record losses -

How to Accomplish Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
    “Can our company survive a disaster?” -

How to Improve DR Preparedness
    10 best practices for improving you DR program -

Business Continuity Checklist
    Insurance for your business -

Japan Disaster Shakes Up Supply-Chain Strategies
    Aftershocks across many industries -

The Importance of HR and its Commitment to BCP
    Not in the periphery Anymore?

Budgeting for your business continuity management program
    What should be included?

Is you PCP in sync with your BCP?
    People the missing component

Plan and Prepare
    The consequences of being unprepared can be catastrophic

All Businesses Need DR Planning
    Disasters affect all businesses, large and small

Small & Medium Size Businesses

 Small Business Owners Suffer from False Sense of Cyber Security
    Almost 80% Have No Formal Security Policies In Place -

 DR Decision Making for Small Business
    ill equipped for recovery -

 Disaster Recovery Decision Making for Small Business
    Decision Making Crippled in Disaster Recovery -

 H1N1 Pandemic; Is it Over?
     Don't Let H1N1 Planning go to waste

Business Pandemic Planning Checklist
    Prepare for the impact of Pandemic to Your Business (CDC)

Small Business Preparedness
    The difference between survival or facing extinction.


Report: Key Response Planning Factors
    for the Aftermath of Nuclear Terrorism -

Hospitals With Radioactive Materials
    Expose Weakness in Antiterror Rules -

How Ready Are We for bioterrorism?
    The specter is difficult for anyone to imagine-

Fighting terrorism in New York City
    NYC the top terror target in America -

U.S. Warns Of Small Plane Terror Threats
    Nationwide warning, al-Qaida threats to small planes -

Somali pirates grow more daring
    countering the effects of a naval crackdown -

Abuja attack
    Car bomb hits Nigeria UN building -

Mumbai bombings tied to homegrown group
    The Indian Mujahideen suspected -

Domestic -Terrorism Incidents Hit a Peak in 2009
    Most of the plots were foiled -

Maritime Piracy
    A deadly comeback skyrocketing to alarming rates

Cyber Terrorism
    A real threat to U.S. businesses and to national security

Crisis & Emergency Management

2011 disasters: $116 billion in insured losses
    record economic losses ->
Freight train derails, catches fire near Ligonier
    yellow smoke prompts evacuation. ->
High radiation in damaged Fukushima reactor
    much worse than previously thought. -

America's Broken Bridges
    Thousands across the country -

Study Cites Lack of Public-Private Coordination
    In Japanese Nuclear Accident Response -

Lessons From Fukushima
    One Year Later -

Workplace Violence Prevention
    Risk Mitigation or Cost Avoidance? -

Safety and Survival in Protests and Civil Unrest
    What Every Employee Should Know -

Thousands Still Without Power in Connecticut
    after a bizarre fall snowstorm -

U.S. Earns Low Marks Bio-Response Report Card
    progress has been "slow" and "uneven"-

Ill. town evacuated after train with ethanol derails
    Girl helps paralyzed neighbor-

Small town lit up
    By early morning train derailment -

Could London-style Riots Happen in New York City?
    Mayor Bloomberg expressed concern-

Fukushima shines light on U.S. problem
    63,000 tons of spent fuel -

Workplace Violence is Real
    Prevention Policy, Not Enough

Business Guide to Emergency Preparedness
   a pdf file - Ready to Print - By Survival Insights

Information Technology & Security

With Personal Data in Hand
    Thieves File Early and Often -

A Cyber Arms Race is Currently Taking Place
    report by McAfee and SDA -

DNSChanger: FBI Warns Infected Computers
    Will Lose Web, Email Access in July -

Cyberweapon blowback
    demonstrates what is achievable. -

DR Disaster: Drill Gone Wrong
    Leads to Loss of Data on 800 K -

Global Payments Says
    1.5 million cards may be affected by breach -

Richard Clarke
    on who was Behind the Stuxnet Attack -

Counterterrorism Czar: China's Hacked Every Major U.S. Firm
    effects for American innovation -

Visa, Mastercard Warn of Braech at Card Processor
    more than 10 million compromised cards-

New Interest in Hacking
    as Threat to Security -

Anonymous Takes Down Security Firm
    Vows to fight on after arrests -

Symantec expects Anonymous
    to publish more stolen source code -

Massive Android malware op
    may have infected 5 million users -

Symantec: Users Should Disable PCAnywhere Now
    Symantec moves into damage-controlmode -

Feds charge 7 in 'massive' case
    against Megaupload online piracy ring-

Hospital Turns Away Patients
    "Virus" Disrupts Network -

'Anonymous' hackers hit US security firm Stratfor
    emails, passwords and credit card details stolen -

Millions of printers open to attack
    Printers can be remotely controlled -

Mitsubishi Hack May Have Yielded Defense, Nuke Secrets
    First reported on a Japanese contractor -

FBI Official Backs Alternative Internet
    Cyber-attackers are outpacing the defenders -

U.S. Power Grid Still Prime Cyber Target
    a serious attack through cyberspace a possibility -

Son of Stuxnet in the Wild
    found infecting systems in Europe -

Using Stuxnet and Duqu as WMD
    Words of Mass Disruption -

US Military Drones infected
    Mysterious Computer Virus -

Authenticity of Web pages comes under attack
    The keepers of the Internet acutely concerned-

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Irene
    Emergency declared in seven US states -

Tornado Season Intensifies
    Without Clear Scientific Consensus on Why -

After Storms,a Path of Death and Damage
    Extent of damage began to sink in Monday morning-

above-average 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast
    Statistical model shows -

Global Warming Means Stronger Hurricanes
    Study Says -

Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared
    Special Report of the Senate Committee on
    Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Hurricanes! Are You Ready?
Hurricane Safety Guide - American Red Cross
Thunderstorms & Lightning! Are You Ready?
Hurricane History - NOAA
Chronicle of a Visit Foretold - pdf
    Katrina's Path Through the Gulf Coast

Need a Hurricane Tracking Chart? - pdf


Climate change 'grave threat' to security and health
    impacts will fall on the poor countries of the tropics.-

2011 More than $32 Billion in claims from Natural Disasters
    Disaster declaration record set -

Japan’s Tsunami Debris Expected on U.S. Shores
    Up to 20 Million Tons -

Texas chemical plant fire blackens skies,
    forces evacuations -

Powerful Typhoon Nesat hits Philippines
    Over 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate -

Power Outage Worsened by Plant Shutdown
    second-by-second investigation of failures -

A Powerful Solar Storm Could Render Satellites Inoperable
    Concerns About Their Safety -

100 Petco Animals Die In Flood
    Found after flooding in upstate New York-

Floods Exhaust Northeast
    Towns Already Waterlogged -

Southern California hit by a major power failure
    San Diego, Yuma, Ariz., northwestern Mexico affected -

Susquehanna River Flooding
    Fears Lead To Major Evacuations -

Disasters in US
    2011 an extreme and exhausting year-

Bromine Spill in Russian City
    Cheylabinsk covered in gas cloud -


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DRI International- Announces DRI 2012
    The Certified Professionals Conference

DRI-NFPA New Audit Certification - Learn More
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Thrive, La Publicación Oficial de DRI International - En Español


FEMA's Chief pushes public-private approach
    to disaster response -
FEMA's Craig Fugate Reflects on a Year of Disasters
    there have been 10 separate billion-dollar disasters -
Many People Missing Out On FEMA Help
    All you need to do is register with FEMA -
FEMA puts long-term rebuilding on hold after Irene
if disaster struck-most us employees could not work remotely
Air-Cargo still vulnerable to terrorists
Information that can save your life
Prepare For The Next Flood
Plan Ahead


 Climate change emerges as disease-related security threat
 Learn What the Center for Disease Control - EOC is doing
 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You


Ring of Fire Eclipse: 2012 - The Big Picture,
Joplin tornado: one year later - The Big Picture,
NOVA: Secrets of the Sun - Video
Deep-Space Photos: Hubble's Greatest Hits -
Japan, one year after tsunami - The Big Picture,
Tornados rip through the mid west - The Big Picture,
Ludwig's 'Long Shadow of Chernobyl' - The Big Picture,
Thailand Flood Reaches Bangkok - The Big Picture,
The Turkey Earthquake - The Big Picture,
Mid-Latitude Cyclone over the U. S. -
Too much of a basic human need - The Big Picture,
Ground Zero September 11, 2011 - The Big Picture,
Texas Drought and Wildfires - The Big Picture,
London Riots - The Big Picture,
Hurricane Irene - The Big Picture,
Close-up Image of Asteroid Vesta -
Severe weather continues in cental US - The Big Picture,
Tornados kill over 200 - The Big Picture,
Japan Continuing Crisis - The Big Picture,
Map of the Damage From the Japanese Earthquake -
Widespread destruction from Japan earthquake, tsunamis-
Tsunami hits Japan after massive quake - BBCNews
Christchurch Earthquake - The Big Picture,
Wildfire in Israel- The Big Picture,
Australian Flooding- The Big Picture,
Landslides in Brazil- The Big Picture,
Eartquake in Chile - The Big Picture,
Amazing Space -
Where Will the Next Big Earthquakes Be? -

Emergency Situational Awareness

Reflections to Survival

The future quality of human life, as well as the survival of the human species, will be dependent upon cooperative behavior along with a concern and respect for the rights of others.

Margaret Mead

Canadian speaking tour in the 1970's

"Almost daily, we are reminded of the threat of natural disasters. We cannot stop the forces of nature, but we can and must prevent them from causing major social and economic disasters"

Kofi Annan

Secretary-General, United Nations

Emergency Management: Workplace Violence Prevention - Risk Mitigation or Cost Avoidance
Workplace Violence Prevention - Risk Mitigation or Cost Avoidance

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