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More than half of this year’s $14.8 million in cash settlements for violating data privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) involved cases in which offenders failed to conduct proper risk assessments.

As the stakes for ignoring those risk assessments continue to grow, officials at software developer AvePoint are pointing to a tool they developed in conjunction with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), which can help make the process of conducing those reviews more consistent and efficient.

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http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/privacy-audit-tool-could-help-guard-against-hippa-breach-fines

As you’ll have no doubt seen in the press, Orlando, Fla.-based backup company Replibit was recently acquired by eFolder. It's not a surprising move, as eFolder was lacking its own solution for disaster recovery (DR). So, what is so special about Replibit?

There are a few core technologies that make Replibit interesting:

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http://mspmentor.net/blog/why-you-need-take-your-backup-and-disaster-recovery-max

Top FEMA Officials Available for Interviews to Discuss Extreme Heat Safety Tips, Urge Residents to Download FEMA Smartphone App Designed to Help Families Before, During, and After Disasters


Washington – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents across the nation to take steps now to prepare their families and communities for extreme heat, by reviewing important safety information and downloading the FEMA smartphone app. 

The National Weather Service announced today that “dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected this week across a large portion of the nation.” Additionally, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center’s latest outlooknotes that most of the continental United States is facing elevated chances of well-above-average summer temperatures. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, heat kills more people than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods.

To help Americans stay safe during extreme heat, FEMA urges residents to consider taking the following actions in affected areas:   

  • Postpone outdoor games and activities and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine; limit alcoholic beverage intake.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Spend the warmest part of the day in temperature-controlled buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, or community facilities.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.

FEMA also urges residents to download and use the free FEMA app, which provides valuable safety tips to help families prepare for and recover from more than 20 natural and man-made hazards. The FEMA app enables users to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation, making it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening family and friends.  The app also provides family communication plans, customizable checklist of emergency supplies, and maps of open shelters and disaster recovery centers. The app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

What:  Interview opportunity with FEMA officials to share information on how to stay safe during extreme heat and FEMA’s updated Smartphone App

Who:  FEMA Director of External Affairs Josh Batkin

          FEMA Director of Public Affairs Rafael Lemaitre  

          FEMA Director of Individual and Community Preparedness Helen Lowman

When:  Upon request

RSVP:  To schedule a media interview contact the FEMA News Desk at 202-646-3272 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blogwww.twitter.com/femawww.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Monday, 01 August 2016 00:00

Storm Debris Will Fuel Power Plant

(TNS) - Out of sight, out of mind. That's how many of us may feel after fallen trees and branches have been hauled away from our homes.

But what will become of all that tree debris culled by last week's destructive storm?

Pakou Ly, a spokeswoman for the city of Duluth, Minn., said most of it will be chipped and hauled, ton by ton, to Minnesota Power's Hibbard Renewable Energy Center, where it will be used to generate steam for the neighboring Verso paper and recycling mills, as well as renewable energy for local electric customers.

The plant can consume up to 40 semitrailer loads of biomass fuel per day, said Amy Rutledge, manager of corporate communications for Minnesota Power and its parent company, Allete.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Storm-debris-will-fuel-power-plant.html

(TNS) - About 50 first responders from around the Hill Country gathered at Schreiner University on Thursday to discuss successful practices and lessons learned from various critical incidents.

Gregory Pratt, a training coordinator with the Federal Bureau of Investigation — San Antonio division, said similar conferences like these are conducted throughout the state and country each year.

“This gives every department involved training on any event involving an active shooter or a similar situation,” Pratt said. “Our bureau offers supportive resources like victim assistance, crime scene management, crisis and media management.”

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/training/First-responders-take-part-in-FBI-training.html