By Lars Anderson, Director, Public Affairs
At the end of each week, we post a "What We’re Watching" blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
For many parts of the U.S. it’s been a scorcher all week long, but it looks as though things are finally going to cool off as slightly lower temperatures are expected next week. In the meantime, here are some extreme heat safety tips to keep in mind until the cool down arrives:
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
- Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
- Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
- Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine and limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
For more extreme heat safety tips and information, visit www.Ready.gov/heat.
Our friends at the National Weather Service don’t expect any other severe weather over the next couple of days, but as we know weather conditions can rapidly change. We encourage everyone to monitor your local weather conditions at www.weather.gov or on your mobile phone at http://mobile.weather.gov.
Photos of Week
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the week. You can find more photos at the FEMA Photo Library.
Alakanuk, Alaska, July 16, 2013 -- The Alaska State Coordinating Officer Sam Walton and Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph A. Diemont meet with City Manager James Blowe to discuss the FEMA programs which will assist in the recovery efforts after severe flooding crippled the entire infrastructure. Federal funding in the form of Public Assistance (PA) is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain nonprofit organizations on a cost sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), Copper River REAA, Lower Yukon REAA, Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA.
NORWALK, CT – Datto, Inc., an award-winning provider of hardware-based on- and off-site backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and intelligent business continuity (IBC) solutions, announced today, the acquisition of Paradeon Technologies and further expansion into the UK and EU markets. Marking the first stop of an ongoing international expansion program, the UK site will include a dedicated office with sales, operations and marketing teams focused on the UK and broader EU sectors. Partners will gain access to enhanced UK-based technical support for the full suite of Datto devices and services, including RoundTrip drives. Furthermore, Datto is expanding its Partner training program and will offer Datto Academy classes at the Reading, Berkshire office. Datto UK’s cloud is based in the renowned Portsmouth PEER 1 Hosting Green Data Center, which conforms to European data protection and privacy laws.
Datto devices have been sold in the UK market for the last two years through distributor Paradeon Technologies, which is now officially Datto UK. In order to echo the success of Datto Inc. in the US, UK efforts will follow the same channel-only business model. Solutions will be resold through Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Value Added Resellers (VARs) and IT Service Providers to end-user businesses.
“By launching a dedicated office and full-time team, we will better serve our Datto Partners in the UK,” said Austin McChord, Founder & CEO of Datto. “We’ve got ambitious plans to expand our offering into new markets across Europe and this acquisition will enable our companies to work even closer together as we move forward.”
"I've worked directly with the Paradeon team since their inception as a Datto distributor and they have proven their ability to replicate our successful customer experience in the US,” said Najaf Raza, Director of International Operations at Datto. “We look forward to supporting them with more resources and expert guidance as they join the Datto family.”
"We are very excited about this acquisition and access to new resources which will allow us to better serve our UK and EU Partners,” said Andrew Stuart, Director of Operations at Datto UK and former Managing Director of Paradeon. “The dedication and commitment of our current UK Partners and staff drove the success which helped us reach this point.”
Datto’s product suite includes Datto SIRIS, Datto SIRIS Lite, Datto ALTO, and Datto G Series. Datto solutions are scalable to meet the needs of every business, regardless of size, with options ranging in size from 150GB to 100TB. Datto sells exclusively through its channel Partners.
About Datto Inc.
Datto Inc. is an award-winning vendor of backup, disaster recovery (BDR) and intelligent business continuity (IBC) solutions, providing best-in-class technology and support to its 5,000+ channel Partners throughout North America and Europe. Datto is the only hybrid-cloud BDR/IBC vendor that provides instant on- and off-site virtualization and screenshot backup verification, achieved through its Inverse Chain Technology™. The Datto product line addresses the specific needs of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and serves a wide range of vertical markets including: healthcare, financial, education, banking, legal, manufacturing, retail, and municipal.
Datto is a channel only provider. Solutions are resold through Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Value Added Resellers (VARs) and IT Service Providers to end-user businesses. To learn more about Datto, visit http://www.dattobackup.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our Blog.
IDG News Service — Six British citizens were wrongly detained or accused of crimes as a result of mistakes made by authorities when requesting access to Internet data, the U.K. Interception of Communications Commissioner said.
A report detailing law enforcement's errors in the UK was published as interest in surveillance of ordinary citizens' online activities runs high, in the wake of disclosures about the U.S. National Security Agency's secret surveillance programs.
In 2012, U.K. public authorities submitted 570,135 notices and authorizations for communications data, according to the report published on Thursday. The principal users of this communications data are still the intelligence agencies, police forces and other law enforcement agencies, wrote Paul Kennedy who served as the Interception of Communications Commissioner through last year.
It’s mid-July and for many parts of the United States this means persistent hot and dry weather increases the risk of wildfires.
Some 46 percent of the contiguous United States is currently experiencing moderate to exceptional drought conditions, according to Tuesday’s report from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The first monthly drought outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center recently warned that drought in the U.S. Southwest is exceptionally intense and unlikely to break completely, despite some relief from the summer thunderstorm season. Most of the already parched West will likely see drought persist or worsen, NOAA said.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that overgrown forest land poses fire risk to a growing number of communities.
It cites U.S. Forest Service statistics that 65 million to 82 million of National Forest lands are at a “high or very high risk of fire” and are in need of restoration.
Wanna know a secret? Here it is. Chances are, the same reason you’re reading this blog is why many folks at CDC do what they do: a fascination with infectious diseases and a desire to help others. Although the work of CDC employees is frequently glamorized in movies like Outbreak and Contagion, we face the same challenges as any other large, complex organization: communication, logistics, funding, and teamwork. These challenges become especially apparent when outbreaks occur, such as during CDC’s recent response to a dengue outbreak in Angola. Based on our experiences in Angola, this blog will dispel 5 myths about outbreak investigation that are often dramatized by Hollywood.
More and more workers around the world are bringing their personal mobile devices to the office daily, and companies appear to be having trouble keeping up with the trend.
About 60 percent of organizations acknowledged they either don't have a policy that specifies how employees may use their own devices in the workplace (41 percent) or are just planning to write such a policy, a study released on Wednesday from Acronis and the Ponemon Institute has found.
"Even though we're still in the early stages of BYOD [Bring Your Own Device], companies are playing catch-up to where their users are," Anders Lofgren, director of Mobility Solutions for Acronis, told CSOonline.
Even as recently as three years ago, IT departments had an iron grip on the endpoints to their networks. "They could secure and provision a fixed device that was procured by the enterprise," said Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer for Aruba Networks.
I have a pet rabbit at home. His name is Boba Fett, named after the popular bounty hunter character in the Star Wars movies, and he’s a pretty laid-back little guy, as far as pets go. He’s not the type of animal that requires a ton of maintenance and he definitely doesn’t need a formal risk management plan. But according to a recent article in the Washington Post, not all rabbits get off so easily. Evidently not only does the U.S. Department of Agriculture require certain rabbits to be licensed, but their owners must also have a written disaster plan for what they will do with their rabbit in case of emergency. It sounds crazy, but bureaucracy often does, I guess.
According to the article, some years back Marty Hahne, otherwise known as Marty the Magician, got a notice from the USDA that based on a law that requires licenses for “animal exhibitors,” the rabbit Marty used in his magic act needed to be licensed. Marty complied. And then, this summer, the USDA informed him of a new rule from the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS):
There is no question that April 27, 2011 changed the lives of Alabamians. On that one day, our state experienced more than 60 confirmed tornadoes causing widespread devastation. Soon after, we decided to do all we could to make our state safer in the future.
In the days, weeks and months following the tornadoes, Governor Bentley and I toured the state and heard the personal stories of disaster survivors. Many of them told us how they only had moments to find safety while praying for their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
They were the lucky ones that day. No matter how much they had lost, they were grateful to still be here, and live through one of the state’s most devastating disasters. Unfortunately, more than 250 people lost their lives during that 24-hour span of tornadoes.
Once my staff and I grasped the sheer magnitude of what had just happened, we all knew we had to do something to prevent this from happening again.
The Million-Square-Foot State-of-the-Art Facility Earns Worldwide Distinction for its LEED Certified Platinum Rating
MINOOKA, Ill., July 18, 2013 – Grainger (NYSE: GWW), the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, today hosted a grand opening to celebrate its new distribution center in Minooka, Ill. This one-million-square-foot facility serves as the company’s new central stocking distribution center and runs a state-of-the-art automated system. The distribution center helps enable Grainger to deliver products same-day or next-day to its customers nationwide.
“This is Grainger’s most technologically advanced distribution center, designed to enhance our ability to get customers what they need, when they need it,” said DG Macpherson, senior vice president and president of Global Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy with Grainger. “Grainger is dedicated to helping our customers get the job done, and key aspects of this facility were developed with our customers in mind.”
This distribution center is one of the world’s largest LEED certified platinum-rated facilities for Commercial Interiors, and includes:
- Approximately 2,200 square-foot solar wall, which uses innovative air and solar capabilities to help reduce energy consumption
- Energy efficient lighting along with motion sensors
- Electric automobile charger stations
- A recycling program initiated to collect cardboard and shrink wrap from operations
With the addition of the Minooka distribution center, Grainger now operates 15 LEED certified facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In fact, Grainger was the first industrial distributor to have LEED certified facilities, which, on average, reduce energy costs by 30 percent, water usage by 35 to 50 percent and overall waste by as much as 90 percent. In 2012, Grainger U.S. distribution centers recycled 303 tons of cardboard and 22 tons of plastic wrap per facility for a total recycling rate of 72 percent.
Grainger’s commitment to sustainability extends to its offerings, as the company brings innovative products and solutions to its customers, helping them with “green” facility management.
Commitment to the Community
Grainger has more than 360 team members working in its Minooka facility, many of whom quickly became active members of the community.
Earlier this year, Grainger participated in Clean Up Day in Minooka, helping to beautify the town’s parks and other common areas. In addition, Grainger provided product donations and volunteers to support cleanup efforts as a result of this spring’s major flood in Minooka. Grainger volunteers helped restore the more than 70 houses that were left uninhabitable by the flood.
“Grainger chose Minooka for its solid community and strong talent pool,” said Paige Robbins, vice president of North American Supply Chain with Grainger. “We look forward to serving as a member of this community for generations to come.”
Grainger’s support of the community extends to Joliet Junior College and its students. Each year, two Joliet Junior College students have the opportunity to earn financial assistance as part of the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program. Upon graduation, students receive a customized Westward toolkit, which includes specialized professional tools for the student’s skilled trade area of expertise.
Since 2006, Grainger and the American Association of Community Colleges have worked together to provide students nationwide access to skilled trades jobs and technical education.
In celebration of the Minooka Distribution Center grand opening, Grainger is awarding Joliet Junior College with a check for $10,000 to benefit scholarships for students pursuing degrees in the industrial trades.
W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2012 sales of $9 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products, with expanding global operations. For more information, visit www.grainger.com.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Emprimus LLC, a developer of products designed to defeat the effects of geomagnetically induced currents and electromagnetic interference pulses caused by solar flares, RF weapons and nuclear EMP, has introduced a new proprietary, low cost “inferential” architecture that is the key to affordable detection of high electromagnetic fields.
The Emprimus RF-71 Detector detects a wide range of radio frequency threat intensities, ranging from nuisance levels to those with the potential to damage electronics and cause data integrity issues. The Emprimus approach employs very high speed detection and signal processing of the extremely wide bandwidth waveforms to obviate the need for more expensive sampling systems.
Tailored central control provides alerts, threat identification, direction, magnitude, and data logging at a very low bandwidth. System output can be integrated into smart video systems to enable appropriate security and disaster recovery team responses. Threat frequency response ranges from 100 MHz to 10+ GHz, with threat pulses less than 2 ns. Electromagnetic field levels sensed range from less than 100V/m to 100,000+ V/m.
Complete system threat detection software and dashboard reporting software is provided. Detailed information is available at www.emprimus.com.