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Jon Seals

Jon Seals

(TNS) - With particularly heavy rains that have fallen in recent nights just north and south of Las Cruces, and in Sierra, Rio Arriba and Eddy counties, Gov. Susana Martinez ordered the New Mexico Emergency Operations Center to be activated Tuesday.

The center's activation will be used to assist with a coordinated response to any flooding that could occur across the state, according to a news release from Martinez's office. Doña Ana, Sierra, Rio Arriba and Eddy counties, and other areas of the state, have been hit with heavy rain, which is expected to continue throughout the week.

“Our emergency response professionals will continue to communicate and work with local partners in areas that have been affected by monsoon flooding to help ensure that all available resources can be coordinated to keep New Mexicans safe,” Martinez said.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Preparations-underway-for-possible-statewide-flooding.html

What good is protecting your data center from every possible incursion, from any known or unknown source, on account of any known or foreseeable vulnerability, if the greatest threat it faces today is a spark of electricity?

An arc flash study could become at least as valuable to your data center as a vulnerability assessment or a penetration test, says Joe Furmanski, the veteran facilities director for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

“An arc flash study looks at all the electrical components, from the source at the power company, the whole way through to the plugs that you plug into your IT equipment,” Furmanski told us in an interview.  “They look at how all the circuit breakers are set up — it’s called a coordination study — and they look at the power going through.  They punch in all these formulas to figure out, will these breakers move fast enough if there’s an electrical short, or will they move too slowly and let the capability of an arc flash be created?”

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/08/24/ark-flash-the-real-data-center-security-hazard-is-just-a-spark/

The size and makeup of an organization’s Business Continuity Management (BCM) team depends on how you plan to roll out the project. It is best to start out small in the beginning and then progress in size. The initial team will lay the groundwork for the project by setting up oversight, coordinating training, building disaster plans, and helping to sharpen the focus of what each plan should contain. This core team should consist of the following:

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http://www.mha-it.com/2016/08/forming-the-business-continuity-management-team/

Louisiana has been utterly wrecked once again, and all anybody can talk about is how nobody is talking about it.

In the aftermath of flooding in and around Baton Rouge that began two weeks ago, 13 people have lost their lives. The deluge has destroyed or seriously damaged more than 60,000 homes, and so far more than 100,000 residents have registered for federal assistance. That last statistic certainly factored into one recent estimate that put flood-related losses at upwards of $20 billion. Nearly one-third of Louisiana has been declared a disaster area. (President Obama visited the state on Tuesday.)

It’s being called the worst natural disaster the country has seen since Hurricane Sandy. And yet—as many have already noted—one of the most remarkable aspects of the calamity is how scant the coverage has been relative to other “major” stories dominating the news cycle over the past two weeks. While flood victims need much, much more than publicity at the moment, their indignation isn’t misplaced. If you were forced to wallow through waist-deep water, all the while trying to avoid snakes and alligators and floating coffins, you, too, might wonder why reports of Donald Trump’s campaign staff shakeups or Ryan Lochte’s drunken exploits were knocking your story off the front page or the evening news.

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https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/why-arent-we-more-freaked-out-about-louisiana

Best Practices for Tracking Exam & Audit Findings

An emergency room (ER) is a place where chaos is organized. Patients are triaged by need. Staff uses electronic records to keep medical histories. Interactions, tests and prescriptions are carefully tracked.

They’re designed this way because the stakes are high—no patient can be overlooked.

But what happens when a bank’s compliance program has an emergency? Too often, it doesn’t get the attention it needs, and the consequences can be dire.

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https://ncontracts.com/articles/compliance-emergency-room-tracking-exam-audit-findings/