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Just more than four hours into the Boston Marathon there were two explosions within a few blocks of the finish line. Federal officials believe both devices were small and at least one device was placed in a trash container. The explosions killed three and wounded more than 180.

More than a terrorist incident, this attack was one of many mass casualty incidents that have occurred this year. Today’s special event contingency planning requires emergency planners to work extensively with local, state and federal emergency professionals to plan for mass causality contingencies. Hospitals were already on standby for marathon runners. Doctors, nurses and emergency medical staff were also onsite to address the needs of the runners and spectators.


Before 3 p.m. ET on Monday, April 15, two explosions at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 180 others, and turned the race into what ABC News said resembled "a war zone."

The explosions occurred almost simultaneously near the race's finish line on Boylston Street, which was crowded with runners and spectators, according to ABC. Thousands of runners were still completing the race at the time of the first explosion.


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have undertaken the biggest risk-management behaviour shift in a generation, with 53 per cent spending more time on their business strategy and risk management than they did before the financial crisis, according to a study by Zurich.

Some 35 per cent are doing more long-term financial planning, and 33 per cent are scrutinising their business continuity plans more frequently.



We’ve published a new ebook, “Business Health, Partner Healthy: Five Prescriptions to Stop Healthcare Disasters.”  Told through the lens of four StorageCraft partners, the ebook explores the various challenges faced by managed service providers who support healthcare organizations. One thing that really struck me about this particular industry was its absolute intolerance for downtime. In a business where people’s lives literally depend on the technology around them, eradicating downtime becomes a top priority.


Parts One and Two of this series explained how new energy-management methodologies and approaches have changed best practices relating to disaster recovery and power capping. In this final installment, the focus shifts to high temperature ambient (HTA) data center operation. Once again, the advancements in energy management are accelerating the momentum of an exciting trend by giving IT and facilities teams the oversight and controls necessary to minimize the associated risks.