February, 2023

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Crisis Communication Strategy: First 5 Things To Do When a Crisis Breaks

Bernstein Crisis Management

Crisis Communication Strategy: First 5 Things To Do When a Crisis Breaks A major part of any crisis communication strategy is doing the preparedness and prevention work before you find yourself facing true crisis-level events that threaten to harm people or property, seriously interrupt operations and/or damage reputation. While I’ll certainly hope not many need to put these techniques into action anytime soon, the reality is that every business encounters a real deal, can’t-avoid-it, crisis at

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Train Derailment and Chemical Explosion Exposes Clear and Present Danger in Railway Safety

DRI Drive

The recent derailment and explosion of a 50-car train carrying hazardous chemicals in East Palestine, OH – followed by a controlled burn that may have created even more toxic gas in the air – has been a wakeup call for citizens and public health officials as well as a reminder for resilience professionals about the […] The post Train Derailment and Chemical Explosion Exposes Clear and Present Danger in Railway Safety appeared first on DRI Drive.

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Reflections on the Turkish-Syrian Earthquakes of 6th February 2023: Building Collapse and its Consequences

Emergency Planning

Source: Wikimedia Commons An interesting map was published by the US Geological Survey shortly after the Turkish-Syrian earthquakes. [1] It showed (perhaps somewhat predictively) that there was only one tiny square of the vast affected area in which Modified Mercalli intensity (which is largely a measure of damage) reached 9.0, the 'violent' level. [2] This is--just about--enough to damage very significantly a well-engineered structure (but not necessarily enough to bring it crashing down).

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FEMA is now Involved in Palestine Ohio HazMat Disaster

Recovery Diva

As of Feb. 17, FEMA is now involved in the major hazmat disaster in Palestine. This is unusual, because EPA had the lead as is typical of such events. See this explanation: Ohio train derailment update: Gov. Mike DeWine announces FEMA to send team to East Palestine. The workers will “support ongoing operations, including incident coordination and ongoing assessments of potential long-term recovery needs.

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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Brain and Machine Confluence Requires Multi-Sectoral Regulation To Maximize Gains

The Rand Blog

As the commercialization of brain-computer interface technology expands, it would be prudent for international policymakers to consider how this technology should be regulated, in order to reap its benefits and minimize its risks.

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FlashBlade 4.1: Introducing Object Lock

Pure Storage

For the past decade, object storage has replaced many legacy enterprise storage platforms like tape, virtual tape library (VTL), purpose-built backup appliances, and others due to its inherent advantages with performance and scale. IDC estimates that by 2025 the sum of all data in the world will be in the order of 175 zettabytes (one zettabyte is 10^21 bytes), and of this data, IDC expects 80% to be unstructured data like objects.

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You Know the Biggest Threats to Your Organization – But Do CEOs Agree?

DRI Drive

In a recent survey of business leaders across all industries, many have different views of the risks they are facing, but a surprising 40% of them say their organizations won’t be economically viable in 10 years’ time if they continue on their current course. Of the 4,410 CEOs from 105 countries polled by PwC, 56% […] The post You Know the Biggest Threats to Your Organization – But Do CEOs Agree?

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Conspiracy Theory Brewing Over Chicken Farm Fires Is False, Experts Say

National Fire Protection Association

First it was fires in food processing facilities. Now, a seemingly growing number of people are claiming there’s something suspicious about fires occurring at chicken farms across the United States. “Good morning to everyone except the evil demons purposely screwing with the food supply,” an influential Twitter user who goes by the name Catturd tweeted on January 31.

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Recovery From Hurricane Ian Going Poorly in FL

Recovery Diva

From the Wash Post: For some, life after Ian is ‘more tragic than the hurricane itself.’ This is a lengthy and deeply troubling account of the many problems ongoing in the area of FL impacted by Hurricane Ian.

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Is Training the Right Solution?

Speaker: Tim Buteyn

Let's set the scene: you’ve identified a critical performance gap in your organization and need to close that gap. A colleague suggests training, but you suspect there’s something going on that training can’t address. How can you determine if training is the right solution before you commit your budget and resources to a new training program? In this webinar, you will learn how to determine if training is the right solution using the Behavior Engineering Model.

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Support to Ukraine Continues to Be for America First

The Rand Blog

Why should the United States spend tens of billions of dollars on a war half a world away? Because it's in America's economic and strategic interests.

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Will Emergency Management Programs Get the Axe at Universities?

Disaster Zone

Enrollment is down overall at colleges and universities.

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SIA New Member Profile: BeamUP

Security Industry Association

New Security Industry Association (SIA) member BeamUP offers a global network of artificial intelligence- (AI-) powered digital twins to provide instant visibility into global facilities’ assets and system data. The company is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, with offices in the United Kingdom and the United States, and works with Fortune 500 enterprises and companies managing global real estate portfolios.

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Studies Find Wildfire Dangers Don’t End After the Blaze is Out

DRI Drive

We haven’t even entered 2023’s wildfire season yet, but there’s already an additional danger to be aware of – scientists are finding contaminants from the smoke are also making their way into the water supply. The chemicals – including benzene and other organics – were first discovered in 2017 after the Tubbs fire in northern […] The post Studies Find Wildfire Dangers Don’t End After the Blaze is Out appeared first on DRI Drive.

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Revitalizing Dry Content: A Lesson in Engagement

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

We’ve all been there. You’ve been given a pile of dry content and asked to create a compelling eLearning course. You’re determined to create something more engaging than the same old course that learners quickly click through, but how do you take this “boring” content and create something relevant and engaging? Many instructional designers will say, “Boring in means boring out.

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FlashArray Delivers NVMe/TCP in Move Toward Cloud Operating Model

Pure Storage

Has this happened to you? You’ve modernized your storage infrastructure to boost performance, replacing disk-based solutions with all-flash arrays and upgrading to 200G+ Ethernet switches. But after testing some workloads over the network, you’re not seeing the low latency and high throughput the storage vendor advertised for its NVMe arrays. The reason is simple: Overall performance is only as fast as the slowest connection.

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Earthquake in Turkey – troublesome details

Recovery Diva

From the Wash Post: Turkey’s earthquake death toll might be more than just a natural disaster. An excerpt: Natural disaster is one aspect of the story. Turkey’s reliance on construction-driven economic growth, cronyism and willingness to ignore its own building standards is the other. The first was unavoidable. Did the second lead to mass casualties?

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Earthquake in Turkey, Syria: Insights from RAND Researchers

The Rand Blog

More than 36,000 people have been confirmed dead in one the strongest earthquakes to hit Turkey and Syria in the past century. As search-and-rescue missions continue and recovery begins, a handful of RAND researchers shared some of their initial thoughts.

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Ohio Train Derailment Not a Presidentially Declared Disaster

Disaster Zone

There is a “responsible party” who should pay for everything.

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Brain Fog HQ: Memory Enhancement Techniques for Professional Development

Speaker: Chester Santos – Author, International Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, Corporate Trainer, Memory Expert, U.S. Memory Champion

In October, scientists discovered that 75% of patients who experienced brain fog had a lower quality of life at work than those who did not. At best, brain fog makes you slower and less efficient. At worst, your performance and cognitive functions are impaired, resulting in memory, management, and task completion problems. In this entertaining and interactive presentation, Chester Santos, "The International Man of Memory," will assist you in developing life-changing skills that will greatly enha

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What is a remote desktop software?

Acronis

As a PC or Mac user, you have probably called for technical support for a software or hardware problem. To accommodate customers and deliver the best experience, many support teams assist you by allowing a technical support person to remotely log into your computer. The support person has control of your mouse and access to your computer just as if they were physically in front of your computer.

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2022 Review: Natural Disasters Caused a $313 Billion Global Economic Loss

DRI Drive

In a look back on the previous year to determine how costly 2023 could get, a new report highlights one of the most costly years on record. The 2023 Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Insight report from Aon plc found that $313 billion was lost in 2022 – 4% above the current average. $50-44 billion resulted […] The post 2022 Review: Natural Disasters Caused a $313 Billion Global Economic Loss appeared first on DRI Drive.

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Pure Announces NVMe/TCP, Another Step Towards the Cloud Operating Model

Pure Storage

Whether for processing the data generated by your business or keeping that deluge of data protected, boosting storage performance is always a priority. With its parallel data streams and low-latency access, NVMe was designed to capitalize on flash’s groundbreaking performance and get around SCSI’s inherent bottlenecks. Now, with Purity//FA 6.4.2, FlashArray supports NVMe/TCP, the final missing piece required for mainstream adoption of NVMe over Fabrics, in addition to FC and RoCE.

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Future Hurricane Risk in U.S.

Recovery Diva

From the Wash Post, this article: Future Hurricane Risk in U.S. “ The risk of damage from hurricane winds will shift in coming decades. See the impact by Zip code. 1 in 3 Americans may face risk by mid-century as winds are projected to reach further inland, northward.

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One Year After Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: Experts React

The Rand Blog

We asked nearly 30 RAND experts to highlight takeaways from the first year of Russia's all-out war—and share what they're watching as the conflict in Ukraine grinds on. Here's what they said.

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Disaster Zone Podcast: Understanding What Paramedics do To Save Lives

Disaster Zone

Eventually they will see "everyone" in their lifetime.

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The Possible Crisis Before Us: How Deepfakes Could Combine With AI, Blockchain, Quantum and Other Threats

Security Industry Association

Patrick J. Simon is president and manager of Beehive Technology Solutions LLC. Note: The top image for this story is a series of deepfake images from ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com. Acceleration in digital processes, products and services has created many new and innovative digital solutions, some good and some not so good. We have faced political, digital marketing and health care challenges that created an opportunity for a new digital hybrid workforce, which accelerated the use of many new audio

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Texas Governor Welcomes DRI2023: Praise for DRI and Resilience Professionals

DRI Drive

Calling DRI International the industry “gold standard” in certification, Texas Governor Greg Abbott welcomed the DRI2023 conference and attendees to Austin, where resilience professionals from around the world gathered February 26- March 1 to learn, exchange ideas, and give back to their host city.“As Governor of Texas, I am proud to welcome you to Austin […] The post Texas Governor Welcomes DRI2023: Praise for DRI and Resilience Professionals appeared first on DRI Drive.

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Upgrade Your Own FlashArray with Pure1

Pure Storage

Storage upgrades used to be a big deal—kind of like going in for surgery. First, there’s the pre-op work, such as assessing the risks and checking on the health of the arrays, switches, hosts, and applications. Many specialist teams had to get involved. For example, the virtualization team had to migrate virtual machines to another array and make extra certain to unmount everything so their hosts wouldn’t wind up in a vegetative state.

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Aftermath in Turkey

Recovery Diva

From the NYTimes: Shattered Homes and Lurking Disease: Quake Hardships Pile Up Hundreds of thousands are sheltering in tents, breathing air thick with pollutants unleashed from tombs of rubble, fearful that a new disaster could strike at any moment.

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From Gatherer of Lands to Gravedigger: A Political Assessment of Putin's War on Ukraine

The Rand Blog

Putin's war in Ukraine is already redefining the entire international order. If the United States acts now, it may be able to influence the shape of the post-war geopolitical terrain.

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The Colorado River and Water Reservoirs in the West

Disaster Zone

Old measures and old laws are not made for climate impacts.

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8 tips for protecting against a ransomware attack

Acronis

Unfortunately, ransomware attacks are increasing — both in terms of frequency and success as measured in costs. Here are 8 tips on how to protect from ransomware attacks.