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(TNS) - York and Cumberland counties are under a blizzard warning as a massive nor’easter arrives in Maine with blustery winds and snow.

Snow started falling before dawn Tuesday in York County, part of a potentially crippling storm stretching from Washington, D.C., to Maine that will affect tens of millions of people by the time it moves out of the Northeast on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service placed all of coastal New Hampshire, York County and Cumberland County under a blizzard warning for Tuesday, meaning severe winter weather could create whiteout conditions that make travel extremely dangerous.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Noreaster-brings-blizzard-conditions-to-York-Cumberland-counties.html

Can you describe the differences and benefits of the BIA and Risk Assessment? Today’s short blog may help you provide answers when the questions arise.

You just spent time completing a Business Impact Analysis (BIA), taking 2 to 3 hours per department. Now you are asking for another hour or more to interview the same team for a risk assessment. “We just did this, why are we doing it again?” is the response from department leaders. Even BC program stakeholders ask why time and resources are being spent on the same activities. The Risk Assessment and BIA are both risk-based assessments, but have different purposes. BIAs are the “what” is impacted and Risk Assessments are the “how” impacts occur.

BIAs are the “what” is impacted and Risk Assessments are the “how” impacts occur.

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https://www.mha-it.com/2017/03/bia-and-risk-assesment/

 

BATON ROUGE, La. — In the 12 months since the March severe storms pummeled and flooded much of Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has helped thousands of people begin to recover.

Along with its federal and state partners, the agency has disbursed millions of dollars so people could start repairing their homes, cover disaster-related costs and stay in dry, safe lodgings as they did so.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance program has approved nearly $94 million in housing and other needs assistance. Its Public Assistance program has obligated more than $47 million to reimburse communities for emergency work and infrastructure repairs. The agency has approved nearly $20 million for disaster case management intended to help people who need extra assistance getting back on their feet.

The National Flood Insurance Program, administered by FEMA, processed 4,977 claims and paid out more than $239 million for flood claims stemming from that disaster. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved nearly $109 million in long-term, low-interest loans for homeowners and businesses. 

Some 198 volunteer groups helped flood survivors, providing services such as muck outs, hot meals, home repairs and rebuilds, and distributing water, cleaning supplies, diapers and other baby supplies.

Even as residents have done the difficult job of repairing and rebuilding their homes, communities throughout the state continue to outline how they want to rebuild.

FEMA set up offices in Baton Rouge and Monroe to identify emerging local and regional needs, coordinate with federal agencies in local recovery efforts and provide guidance on post-disaster recovery planning. The agency has facilitated a number of local, state and federal roundtable discussions and forums on housing, business, health and agriculture. These events led to identifying 88 high level needs for attention by subgroups under the National Disaster Recovery Framework, which provides the state with expertise from federal agencies involved in long-term recovery.

In affected communities in Ouachita Parish for example, the Recovery Support Function teams brought in disaster recovery specialists from more than 10 federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department to develop technical assistance on disaster recovery projects. They looked to include proposals on green infrastructure, mitigation and ways to fight blight with in-fill construction.

This week marks the first Community Resilience Institute meeting for elected officials of parishes hit by the March floods. The institute is a result of FEMA’s partnership with NOAA Sea Grant and the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio.
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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.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

For mitigation information visit www.fema.gov/Louisiana-Disaster-Mitigation.

DENTON, Texas ––New flood maps for Grant County will become effective July 18, 2017. County residents are encouraged to view the maps before the effective date to understand their flood risk.  

Most property insurance policies do not cover the effects of flooding. Anyone without flood insurance risks uninsured losses to their homes, personal property and businesses. Flooding is the most frequent natural disaster in the U.S. and only flood insurance covers these events.

Grant County residents are encouraged to contact their local floodplain administrator to learn if their community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). They can also review the new flood maps at the county floodplain administrator’s office. In addition, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) map specialists and flood insurance experts are available to answer questions. They can be reached by phone and online chat.

FEMA resources include:

  • Viewing a Preliminary Interactive Flood Map:  http://maps.riskmap6.com/AR/Grant/

  • Using the live chat service at http://go.usa.gov/r6C.  Click on the “Live Chat” icon.

  • Contacting a FEMA map specialist by calling 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Calling the NFIP Helpline – 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Press “2” for flood insurance questions.           

FEMA encourages non-participating communities to look at the benefits of joining the NFIP.

Businesses and homeowners who learn that their property has been newly mapped into a Special Flood Hazard Area may want to consider buying flood insurance before the maps become effective. Contacting a local insurance agent is the first step in getting information about insurance. Visit www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531 to locate an agent in your area.

The National Flood Insurance Program is a voluntary program administered by FEMA.

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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. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

Passwords are the most common authentication tool used by enterprises, yet passwords are notoriously insecure and easily hackable. End users tend to be careless with passwords, frequently reusing or sharing their passwords.

This is true even among technologists, with a recent Centrify survey of IT professionals finding 26 percent shared passwords and 78 percent had fallen victim to a phishing email. A separate Forrester study, also sponsored by Centrify, of 203 enterprise IT security decision makers found two-thirds of organizations experienced an average of five or more security breaches in the past two years. The same study found hackers compromised over a billion identities in 2016 alone.

In recent years, more companies have turned to multi-factor authentication solutions to address their security and compliance concerns. In 2014, a survey of more than 350 senior IT decision makers worldwide found 37 percent of organizations surveyed used multi-factor authentication for a majority of employees, up from 30 percent in 2013.

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http://www.esecurityplanet.com/mobile-security/multi-factor-authentication.html