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Nationwide Earthquake Drill at 10:18 a.m. Local Time

WASHINGTON - In less than two days, more than 13 million people nationwide are expected to participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill.

"Earthquakes occur all year long across our country - in a lot of places you wouldn't expect," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. "For the Great ShakeOut, we're asking everyone to take just a minute out of your day to drop, cover and hold on, and practice what you would do during an actual earthquake."

Plan now to take part in the drill on Thursday, October 18 at 10:18 a.m., your local time. When an earthquake happens, you only have seconds to react. The best protective action is to "Drop, Cover and Hold On."

  • DROP to the ground;
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table; and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

If it's not possible to get to the floor to safely take cover, before the exercise, identify an inside corner of the room near your work station or the other locations you may be in, away from windows and objects that could fall on you.  The Earthquake Country Alliance advises getting as low as possible to the floor. People who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices should lock their wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops. Protect your head and neck with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available.

This year marks the first time that southeastern states and jurisdictions will participate in a regional Great Shakeout, just weeks after the one year anniversary of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Mineral, Virginia. Participating states nationwide include: Alaska, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington.

ShakeOut participants are supported by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), FEMA and many other local, state, federal and volunteer partners.  In February 2012, CUSEC coordinated a similar drill across nine Central U.S. states.

To learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, including information for seniors and those with disabilities, visit http://www.ready.gov/earthquakes

Earthquakes strike suddenly, without warning, and can have disastrous and far-reaching effects.  Earthquake hazards vary from region to region.   To learn more about reducing your risks during an earthquake visit http://www.fema.gov/quakesmart

There are many ways for individuals, households, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, and others to participate in the ShakeOut.  Those interested in participating in the ShakeOut are encouraged to first register online at www.shakeout.org .  Once registered, participants will be listed with thousands of other participants, and receive information on how to participate in the drill.

For details on U.S. earthquake information by state and territory, visit http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/states/

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

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.

Hamburg, Germany -- Enterprise cloud synchronization provider TeamDrive has announced successful implementation on the Hamburg-Cloud allowing the innovative service provider IT-WORKS to deliver secure data synchronization and win a prestigious German IT award.

Hamburg-Cloud is operated from three professional data centers in Hamburg to ensure that all mission-critical data and applications are held within German jurisdiction and adhere to the strict German data protection regulations. With the increasing demand for secure data sharing between clouds, smartphones and tablets, Hamburg-Cloud needed a cost effective, yet secure, option and turned to its partner IT Works! Consulting for advice. The result was the creation of its 'Smart Sync' platform which is based on the server edition of TeamDrive.

"File sharing is a key service offering for any serious cloud service provider, but without security at a reasonable cost it will not be adopted. Working with TeamDrive we went live with a fully, Hamburg-Cloud, branded offering less than 3 months after we signed our agreement," explained Christian Schroeder, Managing Director at the regional cloud service provider, Hamburg-Cloud.

"Hamburg-Cloud has developed a highly secure and scalable solution for data synchronization that benefits from proven technology, yet deployed within its own control," comments Volker Oboda, CEO at TeamDrive, "This is a significant milestone as it demonstrates that cloud service providers and enterprise customers can gain the same advanced data sharing and synchronization technologies without having to make compromises over where data is stored -- especially when jurisdictional issues like the US Patriot Act could be a major concern.

The Hamburg-Cloud "Smart Sync" platform and TeamDrive received the Web/Internet Security award at the 2012 IT Security Awards. This award recognizes the innovative TeamDrive based solution that allows Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and mobile devices running iOS and Android to automatically synchronize data across the devices of any team member.

Before transfer, TeamDrive encrypts files on both the cloud and the device using the AES-256 algorithm with a separate symmetric AES-256 key produced for each folder. As soon as members are invited to a group, the symmetric key of the folder is encrypted with the public key of the group member and sent to the new participant. The access data for the disk space on the TeamDrive server or Cloud Deployment is also sent in an encrypted form. Group members can decode the symmetric key using his or her private key and join the folder to ensure only authorized group members have access to the data.

TeamDrive has been checked by the experts of the Independent Regional Centre for Data Protection of Schleswig-Holstein (Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein (ULD)) and awarded its Data Protection Seal of Privacy. The ULD is an office of the regional government of Schleswig-Holstein and carries out state control and advisory functions in the field of data protection and freedom of information.

Martinsried, Germany -- ADVA Optical Networking and Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) announced today that the ADVA 100G Metro solution has been used to successfully transport data over 600km of Corning® LEAF® optical fiber. The demonstration represents the first time that direct-detection 100G technology has been used outside of the metro environment and positions it as a genuine 100G solution for regional networks. The joint demonstration was conducted at ADVA Optical Networking’s Meiningen campus in Germany and used the ADVA FSP 3000 with inline amplification and Corning LEAF fiber.

“Our 100G Metro solution has been an incredible success story,” said Stephan Rettenberger, vice president of marketing for ADVA Optical Networking. “It was built as a direct response to our customers’ demands for an efficient 100G solution designed specifically for the needs of the metro environment. Since its launch, our customers’ feedback has been clear: take the 100G Metro farther. Consequently, our team has been working hard to push the limits of the 100G Metro. With this demonstration, supported by Corning’s optical fiber technology, we've shown that it can now transport data across distances of over 600km. The implications for service providers and enterprises that want to deploy 100G are enormous.”

“In the metro environment, enterprises and service providers have been cautious about deploying 100G technology,” said Barry Linchuck, division vice president and director, Worldwide Marketing, Optical Fiber, Corning Incorporated. “They need a 100G solution at the right cost point. With this demonstration, we've clearly shown the tremendous opportunities possible through the complimentary features of ADVA Optical Networking's 100G Metro solution and Corning LEAF fiber.”

ADVA Optical Networking’s 100G Metro solution is built on 4x28G direct detection technology delivering key efficiency improvements in cost, space and power. These efficiencies are critical for service providers and enterprises that want to deploy 100G solutions in the metro environment, but do not want the cost, power consumption or footprint of coherent technology.

When this solution is combined with Corning LEAF fiber, the industry’s lowest-loss, non-zero dispersion shifted fiber, a cost-effective 100G technology that extends beyond the metro and into regional networks is achieved. The optimum dispersion properties of LEAF fiber requires dispersion compensation modules (DCMs) be used only in the terminals at the ends of the link. Using both DCMs and inline amplifiers can save money compared to using standard single-mode fiber.

Watch ADVA Optical Networking’s latest 100G Metro video for further information: adva.li/100metro.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — On October 18, 2012 at 10:18 a.m. EDT, more than one million people across five states and the District of Columbia are scheduled to take part in the first ever Great SouthEast ShakeOut.  The ShakeOut is a regional earthquake drill in which participants simultaneously practice the recommended action during an earthquake.  This action is known as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”, which means:

DROP to the ground
Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
HOLD-ON to it until the shaking stops

The states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are encouraging their schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities, and households to participate in this historic event.  These states are being supported by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC, www.cusec.org), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, www.fema.gov), and many other local, state, federal and volunteer partners. CUSEC coordinates a similar drill across nine Central U.S. states, which had more than 2.4 million participants in February, 2012.

This regional earthquake drill comes on the heels of the one year anniversary of the August 23, 2011 M5.9 Mineral, Virginia earthquake. Last year’s earthquake caused significant damage in Louisa County, Virginia, and also millions of dollars in damages in Washington, D.C.  The event is free and open-to-the-public, and teaches easy to do, yet potentially life-saving information.

FEMA Region III Acting Regional Administrator Robert Welch is encouraging individuals and organizations to register and join the Great ShakeOut “We were reminded last year that earthquakes can and do happen anywhere.  Everyone should make plans and take actions to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes and this drill is an excellent start.”

Collectively, there are more than 10.5 million people worldwide who are expected to participate in the ShakeOut drills October 18, which makes this the largest safety drill ever held.  Interested citizens, schools, communities, businesses, etc. are encouraged to visit www.shakeout.org/southeast to pledge their participation in the drill. On the website, many resources are available for participants to use to plan their drills including drill manuals, videos, audio drill broadcasts, earthquake scenarios, and more.

There are many ways for individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, scouts, and others to participate in the ShakeOut, to get prepared for earthquakes, and to share activities with others.  For more information on the ShakeOut or how to participate in the drill, visit www.shakeout.org.  

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. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary and www.youtube.com/fema.   Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion3

Cleveland, OH – October 10, 2012 – Avalution Consulting – a leader in business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting, outsourcing and software solutions – is honored to announce that Catalyst business continuity software was named Business Continuity Innovation of the Year at the first annual BCI Middle East Awards.

Robert Giffin, Director of Technology for Avalution, stated, “We would like to thank the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and Bank Muscat for sponsoring the Middle East Awards. We are truly honored and appreciate this recognition.”

Catalyst is a world-wide success because it provides the power of enterprise software with simple functionality that anyone can use to drive preparedness.  Catalyst is particularly popular with “part-time” business continuity planners that have not been formally trained prior to being assigned ownership of the program.  Catalyst aids users in quickly figuring out what needs protected in their organization and then writing a plan for it – enabling organizations to accomplish their continuity goals in a time and cost-effective manner.  Despite its simplicity, Catalyst is fully compatible with continuity related standards, including ISO 22301.

Catalyst also provides a wide range of business continuity plan templates to suite different styles and planning needs.

According to a press release issued by the BCI, the way Catalyst captures and utilizes essential business continuity management tools and templates and presents them to the planner via an easy-to-use interface and on-screen guides to make continuity planning easy, were contributing factors that led Catalyst to being awarded Business Continuity Innovation of the Year.

The first annual BCI Middle East Awards were presented Tuesday, October 9th during a special awards dinner at Le Royal Meridien in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with the Middle East BCM Summit. The awards recognized excellence in ten categories, and winners were chosen by a panel of BCI-appointed judges.

Limited Time Offer
To celebrate our award, Avalution is offering an extended free trial of Catalyst business continuity software for those that sign up before the end of October! Just sign up and automatically receive the full version of Catalyst FREE for 6 months – no contracts or payment information required! When your 6 month trial is over, pay for what you use on a monthly basis with any major credit card. If Catalyst doesn't fit your needs, you can cancel at any time. It's really that simple. So, don’t wait!

>> Sign-up for your 6 month free trial of Catalyst today!

About Avalution
Avalution Consulting – 2012 BC/DR Company of the Year (BCI Awards - North America) – is a leading provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting services for organizations of all sizes and in nearly every industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio (USA), Avalution is a BS 25999 certified firm and maintains a contract on US Government GSA Schedule 70.

In addition to Catalyst, Avalution offers an enterprise level business continuity software solution based on the simplicity of Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The Planning Portal is web-based business continuity software that delivers highly customizable tools and processes to assist in managing and executing business continuity and IT disaster recovery programs. Solutions address analysis, planning, awareness generation, exercise planning, notification, live crisis management and continuous improvement.

866.533.0575 | www.avalution.com |  www.theplanningportal.com | www.bccatalyst.com@AvalutionLinkedIn

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Courtney Bowers | 866.533.0575

 

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in protecting and optimizing critical infrastructure, today announced the opening of a new regional configuration centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The facility consolidates Emerson Network Power sales, marketing, engineering and operations in one state-of-the-art location to enhance customer support, improve communications and increase efficiency. Nearly 110 employees work at the new facility.

Local, regional and global Emerson Network Power executives will host an opening ceremony Wednesday Oct. 10 at the new location in Linbro Business Park. Scott Barbour, executive vice president of Emerson and business leader for Emerson Network Power Systems, will address attendees to officially open the facility and to announce the company’s expansion into the enterprise space throughout Africa.

With this new regional configuration centre, Emerson Network Power expands beyond its expertise as an energy specialist for the telecommunications market into the data center and industrial markets in South Africa, broadening its product portfolio to also include AC power, surge protection, precision cooling, rack solutions and infrastructure management and monitoring.

“We are excited to officially open this new facility in Johannesburg, which has been custom designed to meet regional production needs. More importantly, consolidating into one Emerson Network Power facility will enhance the team environment and enable our employees to better serve our customers in the region,” said Barbour. “This investment shows Emerson Network Power’s commitment to providing reliable voice, data and IT infrastructure solutions and services to Africa.”

The new facility is located at 11 Quark Crescent, Linbro Business Park, Sandton, Johannesburg. The new telephone number for this facility is 011 284 9600. Emerson Network Power previously had offices in Sunninghill and City Deep.

For information on Emerson Network Power, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.eu.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Home fires can happen at any time and spread in just minutes, claiming the lives and property of those affected. During the week of October 7-13, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association, are encouraging individuals and families to have a fire escape plan. People can protect their homes and loved ones from emergencies by making their homes safer now and throughout the year.

Hundreds of thousands of fires happen in and around American homes every year, killing or injuring thousands of people and causing untold damage to families and communities. In 2010 alone, a total of 362,100 residential fires resulted in 2,555 deaths, 13,275 injuries, and more than $6.6 billion in property loss. For more information on fire statistics, visit: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/statistics/estimates/index.shtm.

FEMA Region III Acting Regional Administrator Robert Welch encourages everyone to prepare for and prevent against a fire: “In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Having an escape plan and practicing it can help you get out quickly.”

The best way to prepare for a fire is to plan in advance and practice your response plan. Here are some suggestions for how to get ready:

Check that all smoke alarms work: USFA recommends that every residence be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors;

  • Make sure that there are two ways out of every room;
  • Make a home fire plan; and
  • Practice with family members including children, older family members, and individuals who have access and functional needs so that every person knows how to use both ways to get to safety.

Please help spread the word about fire safety planning and preparedness. For more information about fire safety and prevention, visit:

National Fire Protection Association at www.nfpa.org

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. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary and www.youtube.com/fema.   Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion3.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the initial “FluView” report for the U.S. 2011–2012 flu season with the message that flu activity is currently low, making this the perfect time to get vaccinated. There should be lots of vaccine available, because the supply is projected to set a U.S. record.

“It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body′s immune response to fully kick in,” says Joe Bresee, M.D., Chief of CDC′s Influenza Epidemiology and Prevention Branch. “It′s best to get vaccinated before activity begins so that you′ll be protected once flu season starts in your community.”

CDC routinely monitors influenza activity in the United States year–round with a system that determines when and where influenza activity is occurring, determines what influenza viruses are circulating and detects changes in influenza viruses. The system also measures the burden of influenza disease in the United States, including tracking influenza related illness, hospitalizations and deaths.

The CDC FluView Report is published each Friday from October through mid–May and appears at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluactivitysurv.htm.

“We know from our first report for this season that influenza activity in the United States is low now, with few people going to the doctor for flu–like symptoms and few respiratory viruses testing positive for flu,” says Bresee. “Though we can′t predict the exact timing, we expect increases in influenza illness, hospitalizations and deaths in the next few weeks,” he said.

More than 110 million doses of vaccine had been delivered in the United States as of the end of September, with manufacturers projecting total production of between 166 and 173 million doses. This is the most flu vaccine ever produced for the U.S. market.

“The good news,” Bresee says, “is that the flu viruses this year′s vaccine will protect against are very well matched to those flu viruses that are circulating now, so it′s looking like we will have a vaccine that provides good protection this season to help keep influenza illness and serious complications down.”

With rare exceptions, CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccine. This season, people have more options than ever in this regard, both in terms of where they get vaccinated and which vaccine they chose to get.

While doctor′s offices and health departments continue to provide flu vaccinations, vaccine also is available at many pharmacies, work places and other retail and clinic locations.

In addition to the traditional seasonal flu shot that has been available for decades, a nasal spray vaccine was introduced in 2003 for non–pregnant healthy people between 2 and 49 years of age, and a high dose flu shot was introduced last season for people 65 and older. Also, new for this season is an intradermal shot, which uses a needle 90 percent smaller than the regular flu shot and is approved for people 18 to 64 years of age.

Each week, CDC receives reports from international, state and local participants and within 48 hours compiles and analyzes that data to produce a report that provides comprehensive situational awareness regarding influenza activity in the United States. “From our perspective, the time to get vaccinated is now,” Bresee concludes.

SMB’s: Do your computer systems have a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)?

Chicago IL, October, 2012:

Persson Associates, in the business of helping companies develop Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP’s) for over 30 years, has just released a new product which is low cost, easy to use; all geared towards Small and Medium Businesses (SMB’s) computer services (aka Information Technology: I/T).

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Does your company need a written Disaster Recovery Plan for computer services?
  2. Do you have limited resources to develop a DRP for I/T?
  3. Can you afford to spend $35 to get started?

If you answered “yes” to the above 3 questions, read on. We have a solution.

Here is exactly what is included in the new product: SMB-IT-DRP-GUIDE:

  • A complete written plan format ready to add your information and requirements.
  • Straightforward, detailed instructions make for quick development.
  • Web Search suggestions, “Cloud” recovery options, and Social Media all included.
  • A complete test exercise format to use when the plan is done.

Here are a few of the direct comments from our customers as they were sent to us:

  • “We received rave reviews from our auditors”.
  • “This approach to DRP development eliminates the need to start from scratch”.
  • “Persson Associates takes a complex process, boils it down to a workable, painless, step-by-step process that everyone can understand”.

To get started immediately, visit our web site, (www.perssonassociates.com), and purchase a copy of SMB-IT-DRP-GUIDE, pay on line and download the product. Introductory price: $35. That is correct, thirty five dollars. Now every SMB can develop a disaster recovery plan for their information technology systems and applications.

Cleveland, OH – October 8, 2012 – Avalution Consulting – a leading provider of business continuity software – announced today the release of two new features now available in their web-based business continuity software solution, Catalyst. New features include:

  • Risk Assessment

Catalyst’s Risk Assessment feature enables users to automatically document and track key availability risks their organization faces, and then develop plans for the highest impact risks. Risks are automatically created when users complete a BIA and identify dependencies for locations, suppliers and applications. Risks can also be added independently.

  • Corrective Actions

Catalyst’s Corrective Actions feature enables users to document and track lessons learned from exercises, risk treatments for high impact risks, and general activities that need performed to keep the program in compliance and running smoothly.  Corrective Actions can be used as a single repository of outstanding tasks related to an organization’s business continuity program.

These new features offer the simple approach Catalyst is known for and automatically prompt users when actions are overdue or risk information needs reviewed.

“The addition of these two features makes business continuity programs built in Catalyst fully compliant with the FFIEC handbook, FINRA, and the new international standard on business continuity, ISO 22301,” explains Robert Giffin, Director of Technology for Avalution. “Achieving and demonstrating compliance has never been easier for organizations with limited business continuity resources in terms of personnel or budget.”

Catalyst combines a simple user interface and on-screen guides with Avalution’s industry-leading methodology to make continuity planning easy and repeatable for every organization, regardless of size. In addition to the new features above, Catalyst offers Policy & Procedure development, Business Impact Analysis, Recovery Strategy Definition, Plan Development (business continuity plan templates – business and IT), Exercising, and General Program Management.

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Yes, you can try it before you buy it! Explore the full version of Catalyst for 30-days, without entering payment information. When your trial is over, pay for what you use on a monthly basis with any major credit card. If Catalyst doesn't fit your needs, you can cancel at any time. It's really that simple. So, what are you waiting for?

>> Start your 30-day free trial today

About Avalution Consulting
Avalution is a leading provider of business continuity and IT disaster recovery consulting services for organizations of all sizes and in nearly every industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio (USA), Avalution is a BS 25999 certified firm and maintains a contract on GSA Schedule 70.

In addition to Catalyst, Avalution offers an enterprise level business continuity software solution based on the simplicity of Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The Planning Portal is web-based business continuity software that delivers highly customizable tools and processes to assist in managing and executing business continuity and IT disaster recovery programs. Solutions address analysis, planning, awareness generation, exercise planning, notification, live crisis management and continuous improvement.

866.533.0575 | www.avalution.com | www.theplanningportal.com | www.bccatalyst.com | @Avalution | LinkedIn

Media Contact
Courtney Bowers | 866.533.0575