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Turn off Water Valves to Prevent Damage in Commercial Buildings

When plumbing leaks occur in a multi-story building such as office buildings or hotels, turning off the water supply at the main valve is vital to avoid additional damage. Identify where the broken pipe is located to determine if a water valve is near the source rather than on a lower floor or utility closet. Turning off water valves as quickly as possible prevents primary damage to surfaces in addition to secondary damage from mold and mildew. Business owners can prevent slow leaks in buildings by tracking water bills each month and maintaining safety protocols in boiler and water heater rooms.



A fire can cause real damage, but whether or not your business survives the disaster is often determined by the actions that you take after the flames are out. Following these 10 tips can help your business recover from the devastation of a fire.

1. Document Everything

Disaster scenes are chaotic places. Avoid costly mistakes by documenting everything. Maintain a log of all contacts and phone calls so that you can keep track of everyone you had spoken with when you talked with them, and why you were in touch with them. Begin collecting receipts to document any expense that you incur during your business’s recovery period.



Another round of federal officials visited the sites of the Louisiana Flood of 2016 on Thursday.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was taken to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center and some of the flooded areas in Ascension Parish. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate came to Louisiana earlier this week.

Here's what you need to know about the disaster:



Monday, 22 August 2016 00:00

Flooding Support: Real Time Updates

Esri is supporting organizations that are responding to flooding disasters with software, data, imagery, project services, and technical support. If you are in need of software or support, complete the Request Assistance form. All requests should be justified in the message section of the form and are subject to approval.

Public Information Map

Continuously updated US flooding information from the National Weather Service shows observed flooding locations and statistics, flood warning areas, as well as current precipitation. See the real-time effects of the flooding via social media posts. To change the search terms, go to the Media Layers menu, click the settings icon, and update the keyword.



WASHINGTON – A coalition of unlikely allies are supporting a proposed rule announced Friday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Organizations representing professional floodplain managers, insurance companies, fiscal conservatives and advocates, and environmental interests agree that the FEMA update will make the United States safer from the devastating impacts of flooding.


Once implemented, the regulation will require FEMA-funded projects to be built smarter and safer by accounting for the increasing likelihood of floods due to climate change. The rules will ensure infrastructure funded by FEMA grants are built to a higher level of resilience.


The announcement comes during a season of record storms throughout the United States – such as those devastating Louisiana and Maryland – causing catastrophic damages and loss of life.


Following is a statement from Rob Moore, senior water policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Sea level rise and the increased risk of flooding are the most recognizable impacts of climate change. Recent floods in Louisiana, Maryland, and West Virginia show how extreme weather and the resulting floods are disasters we need to prepare for. This policy recognizes the sort of flooding a risk we are facing now, that is likely to get worse in the decades to come that needs to be addressed.”


Following is a statement from Frank Nutter, president of the Reinsurance Association of America:

“We commend the Administration for its forward-looking leadership in flood protection. For too long and with too much reliance on post-event financing, the U.S. has facilitated development in flood disaster prone areas. The Administration is right to change that formula.” 


Following is a statement from R.J. Lehmann, senior fellow at R Street Institute:

“Disaster-related spending long has been a growing and unsustainable burden on U.S. taxpayers. Investing in risk mitigation for federal programs and facilities is an appropriate and cost-effective first step to curb that trajectory and should have the full-throated support of all taxpayer advocates.”


Following is a statement from Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense:

“Ensuring that taxpayer-funded investments are built to a standard that reduces future losses is common sense. Instead of continuing to rely on post-disaster spending, the country has to be forward thinking and help reduce risk to people, property and taxpayers. We applaud the Administration for moving forward with this initiative.”


Following is a statement from Chad Berginnis, executive director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers:

“How many more extreme events that demonstrate flooding is increasing do we need to drive home the point that we must use informed science to protect against flood damage? The proposed approach in EO 13690 and by FEMA are practical and absolutely doable. Floodplain managers for decades have been working with freeboard and 500-year flood elevations. We know how to implement this.”



About the Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

London – Oracle Platinum Partner Inoapps (www.inoapps.com) has announced the launch of a new Enterprise Change division. The global practice will provide the company’s clients with both strategic and practical business change expertise to support their Oracle Cloud Journey.


Complementing Inoapps’ existing Oracle Cloud implementation business, the new Change practice will offer a broad array of services from preparing initial cloud readiness assessments through to full end-to-end business transition strategies. Services available will include:

  • Business Case Development and Benefits Management
  • Requirements Mapping and Business Alignment
  • Customer Project Management and Business Change Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Outcome Mapping
  • Test Management and Acceptance into Service
  • Programme Assurance and Readiness Assessments

With Inoapps’ global presence in the UK, EMEA, APAC and the Americas, Inoapps’ clients can commission complex international projects, safe in the knowledge that a single highly experienced team coordinates them. Through its skilled global change agents, Inoapps will use its proven customer delivery expertise and innovative change methodology to deliver ‘right first time’ customer outcomes.


Heading up the new division is Victoria Briggs who joins Inoapps from the Methods Group, which specialises in Digital Transformation. Vicky headed up Methods’ Enterprise operation with a specific focus on modernization and transformation of corporate services underpinned by ERP solutions. In just 3 years she rose from Associate to Managing Director. During her varied career, in the digital transformation arena, she supported organisations such as The Law Society, Herefordshire County Council, Royal London Insurance, West Suffolk Shared Service, UK Atomic Energy Authority and Gemserv with their corporate transformation initiatives.


Commenting on her appointment, Inoapps’ CEO Andy Bird said, “Vicky is a highly experienced Enterprise Change professional, supporting organisations as they transform their corporate services across Finance, HR, Procurement and IT. She is also a qualified programme manager, project manager and business analyst with extensive experience of the local government, insurance, construction and energy sectors. I am extremely confident therefore that she is the ideal person to grow our new global operation and I look forward to working closely with her.”


For her part Victoria welcomed Andy Bird’s comment adding, “Initially, many organisations do not understand the complexity involved with change management and they often find that there is only a limited range of options available for independent advice. This is especially true where ‘change’ involves a global dimension.

That’s where Inoapps’ new Enterprise Change Practice can help, as we take away the pain involved and ensure that the project moves smoothly at all stages and across international borders where required. We have designed our service offerings to reduce this complexity from a customer perspective, taking over management and delivery responsibility of key customer deliverables.


“There are only a handful of Oracle Platinum partners capable of offering full end to end Enterprise Change Services aligned to Oracle Cloud Services with a focus on modernisation and best practice business flows. For Inoapps, the introduction of the Enterprise Change Division, positions us firmly alongside the big four consultancy organisations in terms of our range of service offerings both here in the UK and on a global basis.

Indeed, one of Inoapps’ construction customers will shortly rollout Oracle Cloud in over 30 countries globally. Consequently, I expect demand for the new service to be extremely strong and that this will be from companies of all sizes and at all stages of their transformational cloud journey. Whatever the requirement, we shall develop cost effective, flexible Oracle based solutions that are closely aligned to individual business requirements.”


To find out more visit: www.inoapps.com/change


About Inoapps (www.inoapps.com)

Inoapps is a global company with operations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

A leading Oracle Platinum Partner and Oracle Applications, Technology & Hardware specialist, Inoapps delivers the complete Oracle application-to-disk enterprise IT environment through the provision of consulting, and implementation together with hosting and managed services. The company has clients across a broad range of industry sectors including energy, engineering, construction, travel, financial services and manufacturing as well as local and central government.

Inoapps is proud to be recognized by Oracle as Specialized Partner of the Year for Accelerate Solutions: EMEA 2010 & 2012, Oracle General Business Applications Partner of the Year 2009, 2010 & 2011 and UK Oracle User Group Database Partner of the Year 2011/12. Inoapps was also awarded Oracle’s UK Cloud Partner of the year in 2015 and is Oracle’s UK SaaS Partner of the year in 2016.

The digital business of banks and insurance companies are at a crossroads today.

For years, business focus has been on consumer self-service using the web and, now, mobile channels. However, contrary to some predictions, these digital channels have not replaced the traditional channels such as branch offices and call centers.

Given the confluence of technology and culture shifts, consumers are expecting even more personalized and timely experience from both the digital and traditional channels that cannot be solved by simply arming service employees with mobile devices.



Friday, 19 August 2016 00:00

Can Space Weather Kill the Cloud?

Last year, when he learned about the potential of a strong electromagnetic pulse from the sky doing real damage to electrical infrastructure, Rich Banta stopped what was then an early-stage data center project his company was doing. The design was complete, and construction was about to commence.

But Banta now wanted to redesign the facility to protect it from an EMP (in the jargon of the electromagnetic pulse community), caused by space weather or human wrongdoers. The new design added about 60 percent to the project’s cost and extended its timeline by about 12 months. “Not a game,” he says.



When you think about your security strategy, firewalls, endpoint protection, insider threats, external attackers, malware and vulnerabilities all come to mind. It’s rare that your backup and disaster recovery (BDR) comes into the conversation. It’s probably that your organization, like most, thinks of BDR as being a business continuity thing and not a security thing.

But nothing could be further from the truth.

Your security strategy, no doubt, is a defense-in-depth model, where you have multiple solutions, initiatives, processes and policies in place--each one providing another tier of protection around your organization’s most precious data, applications and systems. But, with attack vectors like the ever-growing threat of ransomware--that if given the opportunity will turn the tables and keep you out of your own data--it becomes evident that you also need to know: “Can we recover if all this security stuff fails?”



With car purchases there is often a warranty that offers buyers the assurance that if something doesn't work, they can get it fixed. The same is true throughout much of modern consumer society, with products and services backed by warranties that simply affirm to users that products should work as they should. A glaring example where warranties are not common is in software, specifically security software.

Jeremiah Grossman is on a mission to help change that.

Grossman first introduced the concept of guaranteeing security in 2015, with former employer WhiteHat Security. The basic premise with WhiteHat's guarantee is that if the software and service provided by the company don't help prevent a breach, WhiteHat would pay for breach-related costs. Grossman changed jobs this year, joining security firm SentinelOne, and launching a $1 million ransomware guarantee program with that company.



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