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BLU-MED Response Systems' Disaster Response Stockpile maintains rapidly deployable mobile hospitals for shipment to disaster locations anywhere in the world and within 48 hours

KIRKLAND, Wash., Aug. 24, 2016 – A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday morning. The extent of the devastation and death toll are still being realized. Most of the deaths are being reported from the town of Amatrice, near the epicenter of the earthquake. There are many surrounding towns also affected by the earthquake in Italy, which was felt 100 miles away in the city of Rome. Officials expect the death toll to continue to rise as search and rescue activities are being conducted by Italy's Department of Civil Defense and Department of Civil Protection, along with local fire, police, and medical teams in an effort to locate survivors.

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160824/401063

The shallow quake caused vulnerable old stone buildings to collapse while most people were sleeping. Subsequent and numerous aftershocks have further weakened already damaged buildings. Patients from the Amatrice hospital were transferred to a nearby hospital in Rieti as the hospital was severely damaged during the earthquake and was rendered unusable.

The director of Italy's Civil Protection Agency, Fabrizio Curcio, has activated national emergency procedures and noted the Norcia / Amatrice earthquake is on par with the 6.3 magnitude L'Aquila earthquake that occurred in 2009, which resulted in more than 300 deaths, more than a thousand injuries, and left 50,000 people homeless. Responding to the L'Aquila earthquake, CEO and founder Richard Hotes of Alaska Structures and the Hotes Foundation, donated a four-shelter 25-bed BLU-MED mobile hospital to the Italian government. Volunteers with the Hotes Foundation worked alongside members of the BLU-MED team and the Italian government to construct the 3,000 square foot mobile hospital.

The BLU-MED mobile hospital donated to the Italian government was part of BLU-MED Response Systems' Disaster Response Stockpile. This program maintains an emergency supply of mobile field hospitals, medical shelters, command centers, office and work space, mobile trailer systems, as well as housing accommodations for up to 10,000 people capable of being deployed to any location in the world within 48 hours or less.

The recent earthquake in Italy, followed by the 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Myanmar, emphasize the need for mobile hospitals to care for victims of such disasters.

The BLU-MED® team thoughts and prayers go out to the family's affected by the earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar.

BLU-MED Response Systems® (BLU-MED), a division of Alaska Structures, Inc., is The World's Leader in Deployable Medical Facilities. BLU-MED provides turnkey, portable shelter-based solutions for a wide range of applications including full service hospitals with alternate EOC, CBRNE, triage, isolation, immunization, decontamination, emergency rooms (ER), operating rooms (OR), intensive care units (ICU), burn unit, and mortuaries, mobile field hospitals, alternate command centers, temporary housing and base camp requirements for hospital expansion, surge capacity, and emergency disaster preparedness and response. BLU-MED also offers support services including a full range of medical equipment packages, vendor managed inventory, field deployment, and training & exercise support. For more information, visit www.Blu-Med.com

If you would like more information or to request access to the BLU-MED Disaster Response Stockpile, please call +1-425-739-2795 or visit our website: http://blu-med.com/disaster-response-stockpile/

Alaska Structures® designs, engineers and delivers the highest quality fabric building systems for extreme environments. Since it was founded in 1975, more than 55,000 Alaska Structures have been tested and proven in over 65 countries around the world, including more than 30,000 Alaska Military Shelters and 17,000 Alaska Environmental Control Units in Afghanistan and Iraq. For more information, visit www.AKS.com.

Leading National Property Restoration Firm Ranked 927 with Revenue Growth of 430 Percent

WHEELING, Ill. – (Aug. 24, 2016) – For the third consecutive year, Response Team 1, a leading national property restoration, disaster loss recovery, and multifamily renovation company, has been named to Inc. Magazine's prestigious "Inc. 5000" list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Rankings of companies in the Inc. 5000 list are determined by the rate of revenue growth from 2012 to 2015.  In the 2016 list, Response Team 1 is ranked 927 with a three-year growth rate of 430 percent and revenue of $167 million.

“Our inclusion on the Inc. 5000 list for the third consecutive year is a testament to the hard work of hundreds of talented, dedicated RT1 employees,” said Mark San Fratello, CEO of Response Team 1. “We remain focused on growing Response Team 1 by consistently exceeding the expectations of our customers for high quality, efficient work.”

Response Team 1 is the nation’s second-largest residential and commercial property restoration and renovation company serving the continental U.S. from 49 strategic locations.

The Inc. 5000 list represents an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. To qualify, companies required revenues of at least $100,000 in 2012 and at least $2 million in 2015 and had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent companies – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – that were founded and generated revenue by March 31, 2012.

For the full Inc. 5000 company profile for Response Team 1, visit http://www.inc.com/profile/response-team-1. Complete Inc. 5000 results, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, is available at www.inc.com/inc5000.

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About Response Team 1

Response Team 1 is an award-winning national leader in the commercial and residential property restoration, disaster loss recovery and multifamily renovation industries. We are committed to getting life back to normal quickly and correctly for our customers. With decades of experience in quickly responding to large commercial and residential losses and community weather events, Response Team 1 serves the continental U.S. from 49 strategic locations.

More information is available at www.responseteam1.com.

Flatrate Truly Unlimited Storage in any Public or Private Cloud
Servosity’s powerful DR Server software combines Servosity’s own unique technology as well as StorageCraft’s industry leading ShadowProtect SPX software


For years, Servosity has lead the industry by offering our partners the ability to use their Instant Recovery technology to rapidly recover virtual or physical machines. This latest release leverages StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect SPX software to provide managed service providers the ability to perform instant recovery into VMware vSphere. This functionality allows physical servers running Microsoft Windows, Canonical Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and CentOS to instantly recover into any VMware vSphere cluster.

Servosity DR Server provides Managed Service Providers (MSPs) freedom of choice avoiding vendor lockin with flatrate, truly unlimited storage and the ability to target Amazon Web Services Simple Storage Service (AWS s3), Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Google Cloud Storage, and many more. Servosity’s flatrate pricing includes all the features successful MSPs need, all the retention, and takes the guesswork out of pricing Backup and Disaster Recovery.

Servosity Key Differentiators:
● The ONLY OEM StorageCraft partner with the ability to target Amazon Web Services Simple Storage Service (AWS s3), Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Google Cloud Storage, and many more.
● The ONLY OEM StorageCraft partner with flatrate, truly unlimited cloud storage.
● Simplicity and Flexibility. All pricing is simple and upfront. No vendor lockin and freedom of choice of Onpremise, Public, or Private Cloud Storage destination.

“A business continuity plan is vital to the success of business, and that is why StorageCraft has and will continue to provide one the most trusted backup and disaster recovery platforms on the market today,” said Curt James, StorageCraft's vice president of marketing and business development.

“Servosity DR Server was built to address the need for simple server protection for SMBs.” said Damien Stevens, Founder & CEO of Servosity. “We built Servosity’s VMware DR software specifically for MSPs to centrally manage all clients, both Onpremise and in the Cloud, through our multitenant web portal. Our single pane of glass and agentless VMware DR solution makes this the easiest way to setup, monitor, and manage VMwarebased DR for MSPs.”

Availability Servosity VMware DR is available immediately for Managed Service Providers without any persocket or perhost fees.

About StorageCraft:
The StorageCraft family of companies, founded in 2003, provides bestinclass backup, disaster recovery, system migration and data protection solutions for servers, desktops and laptops. StorageCraft delivers software products that reduce downtime, improve security and stability for systems and data, and lower the total cost of ownership. For more information, visit www.storagecraft.com.

Today we’re pleased to publish an interview between Maurice Gilbert, Corporate Compliance Insights’ Founder and CEO, and Manuel Martinez-Herrera, VP of Legal and Compliance at Namely.  Namely is the leading HR platform for midsize companies and an all-inclusive solution for HR administration and compliance.  Manuel offers insight into some of the greatest threats facing corporations today and explains how the Namely platform helps to mitigate those risks. 

Maurice Gilbert: How did you get started on a career in law and compliance?

Manuel Martinez-Herrera: It all happened in a very serendipitous way. I’m originally from Madrid, Spain. When I was 17, I spent a summer in Nantes, France, learning French. While there, I met an older friend who was going to law school. I should point out at this point that law in Spain, as in many other countries, is an undergraduate degree. At the time, I was undecided on what to study in college. This friend convinced me that law school was the way to go. As my parents can attest, even before entering kindergarten, I already had a special talent at arguing any case, especially my own. Thus, law school seem like a good fit.

Now, almost 20 years after, I can proudly say that that decision allowed me to embark on an international journey, thanks to which I have studied or worked as a lawyer on three different continents and in six cities (in chronological order: Madrid, Dijon, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Boston and New York).

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http://corporatecomplianceinsights.com/maintaining-hr-compliance-in-a-shifting-regulatory-environment/

It’s no secret that bigger data centers benefit from economies of scale. It costs less to provide X amount of data center capacity in a massive warehouse-scale facility than it does in a small data center.

The number of factors influencing total data center cost is almost countless, but that economies of scale are real is generally accepted as a fact. However, little data has been available publicly on exactly how much of a difference those economies of scale can make. A recent study by the Ponemon Institute, funded by Emerson Network Power, aims to quantify this difference.

And, as it turns out, the difference is huge. Even if you compare a data center that is 500 to 5,000 square feet in size to one that is between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet, it costs as much as 64 percent less on average to provide 1kW of IT capacity in the larger facility, the researchers found.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/08/23/what-is-the-data-center-cost-of-1kw-of-it-capacity/

CHARLESTON, W.Va.If you registered for help from FEMA and got a letter (often called a “determination letter”), you may want to appeal the decision made regarding your application for federal assistance. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Every disaster survivor has a right to appeal. Read your letter carefully all the way through to understand FEMA’s reason for its decision. This will allow you to know exactly why to appeal. Appeals must be made in writing and sent by mail or fax to FEMA within 60 days of receiving the letter.

  • It’s important to submit insurance information. If your coverage is not enough to make essential home repairs, provide a place to stay, or replace certain contents, FEMA can review your application. But you must provide documents from your insurance company that detail your settlement. Remember also that FEMA cannot duplicate homeowners’ or renters’ insurance benefits.

    • Contact your insurance company if you need settlement documents.

  • Prove occupancy. If you’re a homeowner or renter, FEMA can reconsider you for grants if you provide documents that prove the damaged structure was your main residence. You can prove this was your main home with utility bills, a driver’s license or a copy of your lease. You cannot receive federal disaster assistance for secondary or vacation homes.

  • Prove ownership. If you can prove you own the home, FEMA can reconsider you for grants to make a structure safe, sanitary and functional. Documents you can submit to prove ownership may include mortgage or insurance documents, tax receipts or a deed. If you don’t have a deed handy, speak to your local or county officials about obtaining a copy.

  • There are many other reasons you may disagree with a decision. If you registered you should have received a booklet called “Help after a Disaster” that details how FEMA determines who’s eligible for assistance. You can also access the booklet online at www.fema.gov/help-after-disaster. The booklet lists what information you need to include when appealing.

Mail or fax appeal documents within 60 days of receiving your FEMA determination letter to the address below:

  • FEMA National Processing Service Center
        P.O. Box 10055
        Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055
  • Fax documents to 800-827-8112.

If you have any questions about your determination letter or any other disaster recovery issues you may always call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay services) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice. Or you may:

West Virginia disaster survivors are reminded that the deadline to register for FEMA assistance is Wednesday, Sept 7.

Additional information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery can be found by calling the FEMA Helpline 800-621-3362 or visiting: www.DisasterAssistance.gov; the flood pages at wvflood.com; fema.gov/disaster/4273; twitter.com/femaregion3; and fema.gov/blog.

(TNS) - Obama administration emergency managers are proposing to toughen the requirements for federally funded construction projects to try to make flood-prone communities more resilient to the increased risks of flooding expected to be caused by global warming.

The Federal Emergency Management on Monday proposed the rules, which would require federally funded construction to take place on higher ground, farther from floodplain areas.

“Flooding is the most common and costly type of natural disaster in the United States, and floods are expected to be more frequent and more severe over the next century due in part to the projected effects of climate change,” the agency said in its proposal, published in the Federal Register. “This proposed rule would ensure that FEMA Federally Funded Projects are designed to be resilient to both current and future flood risks.”

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/FEMA-seeks-to-move-construction-away-from-flood-zones.html

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:00

7 Database Security Best Practices

Databases - by definition - contain data, and data such as credit card information is valuable to criminals. That means databases are an attractive target to hackers, and it's why database security is vitally important.

Here are seven useful database security best practices that can help keep your databases safe from attackers.

Ensure Physical Database Security

In the traditional sense this means keeping your database server in a secure, locked environment with access controls in place to keep unauthorized people out. But it also means keeping the database on a separate physical machine, removed from the machines running application or web servers.

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http://www.esecurityplanet.com/network-security/6-database-security-best-practices.html

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:00

FEMA: Begin Flood Cleanup as Soon as Possible

It’s not too early to begin cleaning up from Louisiana’s severe storms and floods that began Aug. 11.

Flood-damaged items like carpeting, bedding, furniture and other household items can be serious health hazards as well as eyesores. Here are some tips to dispose of these items safely and jumpstart your recovery:

File an Insurance Claim then Register with FEMA

  • Contact your insurance company and file a claim. Get your company’s contact information online at the Louisiana Department of Insurance: www.ldi.la.gov/onlineservices/ActiveCompanySearch.                                     

  • If you have flood insurance questions call 800-621-3362 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and select option 2. Call center staff are available to assist with information regarding your policy, offer technical flood guidance to aid in recovery and answer other flood insurance questions. You can be transferred to your insurance carrier for additional assistance if you have further questions.

  • Register for federal disaster assistance. If you had severe storm or flood damage in Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Point Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington and West Feliciana parishes you may apply for FEMA help online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Lines are open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Survivors who use TTY may call 800-462-7585.

Start Cleaning Up Now

  • Mold may be a serious health risk so don’t wait for a visit from FEMA or your insurance company before you start cleaning up. FEMA inspectors and insurance claims adjusters will still be able to verify flood damage.

  • Because mold may be a serious health risk, it’s important to remove flood-damaged valuables from your home. Take lots of pictures before your insurance adjuster visits.

  • Be sure to consult with your local officials for instructions before setting out debris. If you don’t have local emergency management contact information, it can be found online at gohsep.la.gov/about/parishpa.

  • Place debris curbside. Debris cannot be collected on private property.

  • Do not prop up debris against trees and utility poles or place in the vicinity of fire hydrants and utility boxes. That makes it more difficult for cleanup crews to collect.

  • Debris should be separated into the following six categories:       

    • Household garbage such as discarded food, packaging and papers.

    • Construction debris such as building materials, carpeting, furniture and mattresses.

    • Vegetation debris such as tree branches and leaves.

    • Household hazardous waste such as batteries, paints and cleaning supplies.

    • White goods such as refrigerators, washers/dryers, water heaters and air conditioners.

    • Electronics such as televisions, stereo equipment and computers.

  • Go online to this link to see a graphic that explains how to sort debris:

www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/images/110554

  • Other tips to speed up debris collection include:

    • Try to combine debris piles with your neighbors.

    • Secure refrigerator and freezer doors with duct tape.

    • Limit curbside household garbage to two 32-gallon containers or eight trash bags.

    • Get more and tips on flood clean up, repairing, and rebuilding at www.fema.gov/Louisiana-disaster-mitigation.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:00

Zika and Business Interruption Insurance

As the Zika virus continues its rapid spread and amid travel warnings, including one advising pregnant women not to travel to popular tourist destination Miami Beach as well as advice to postpone non-essential travel to Florida’s Miami-Dade County, questions on business interruption insurance are bound to arise.

So this is perhaps a good time to review what a business interruption insurance policy covers.

The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) reminds us that business interruption coverage, sometimes known as business income insurance, covers financial losses resulting from a business’s inability to operate because of property damage due to an insured event.

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http://www.iii.org/insuranceindustryblog/?p=4553

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