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Jon Seals

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(TNS) - Hurricane Matthew bore down on Jamaica and Haiti Saturday as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, following a projected path that showed an increased risk to South Florida.

Conditions had already begun deteriorating Saturday in Jamaica, where high waves pounded the coast and flooding temporarily cut the road from the airport to the capital. Authorities said a hurricane watch, already posted for Jamaica and Haiti, could be extended to eastern Cuba later Saturday.

The storm, which reached monstrous Category 5 strength overnight, with winds of 160 miles per hour, weakened slightly Saturday to a Category 4, with maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.



ATLANTA, Ga. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended federal disaster aid in eight Florida counties to help the state, local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofits cover disaster-related expenses and the repair or rebuilding of critical infrastructure.

The state, local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofits in Alachua, Baker, Gilchrist, Manatee, Marion, Sarasota, Sumter, and Union counties can now request funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program to help pay for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair or rebuilding of roads, bridges, water control facilities, buildings, equipment, utilities, parks and recreational facilities.

Citrus, Dixie, Franklin, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla counties were previously designated for FEMA Public Assistance funding.

“The additional federal infrastructure funding is intended to help Florida’s hard-hit communities recover from the devastation left by Hurricane Hermine,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Terry L. Quarles.

Assistance for Individuals and Businesses

Individuals and businesses in Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco, and Pinellas counties can begin the disaster assistance process by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362, which is video relay service accessible.

Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have difficulty speaking may call TTY 800-462-7585. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week until further notice.

Disaster assistance may include money to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs. Low-interest SBA loans may also be available for losses not covered by insurance or other sources.

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.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Monday, 03 October 2016 00:00

The (Sad) Case for BYOD Management

It wasn’t that long ago we were debating the value (improved productivity, increased employee satisfaction) personal mobile devices could bring to the enterprise, beyond BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Note I say "could." Just a few short years ago, we were still discussing whether or not organizations should allow employees to rely on mobile devices for work and whether that would come via personally owned devices or a fleet of pre-approved devices owned and managed by the organization. Fast forward to 2016, and that conversation is nearly null and void--people use their own devices for work whether the organization ultimately "prefers" it or not.

But are your customers equipped to handle the security challenges mobile devices inevitably bring?  Sadly, a new survey commissioned by Bitglass says no. While 72 percent of organizations support BYOD for some or all employees, just 14 percent have deployed some kind of mobile device management.

If your customers are struggling to rein in the use of mobile devices and implement basic data security, here are a few simple steps you can offer to help them get started.



The global buildout of cloud data centers by internet giants is marching on. The latest move and countermove in the cloud arms race came from Amazon and Google this week, both companies announcing new locations they are adding to their growing lists of cloud availability regions.

They, as well as Microsoft and IBM, have been investing billions of dollars collectively to expand the global reach of their cloud empires by both building data centers and leasing space from data center providers, such as Digital Realty Trust, Equinix, T-Systems, EdgeConneX, and 21Vianet, among others.

Extending physical infrastructure into new regions reduces latency for customers in those regions, gives users more backup location options, reduces data transport costs (for both users and cloud providers themselves), and helps organizations comply with data-location regulations, wherever they apply



Let’s admit it. We don’t always read everything corporate sends out. We are all bogged down with too many emails, voicemails we rarely hear, and well-meaning company newsletters that hardly get a look. No offense to the people who take the time to put them together, but we all have a lot to manage these days and kind of assume the critical stuff will get to us somehow.

What can a company do to improve employee communications open rates? Here are a few ideas to ensure you get your messages heard.