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Black Swans: Unpredictable, Game-changing, and Foreseeable (in Hindsight)

While most people have heard of the term “black swan”, few understand what it means. The phrase stems from the previously held belief that all swans were white in color, as this was the only color of swan that human beings had observed. In 1697, Willem de Vlamingh discovered black colored swans in Australia. This was the first recognized black …

Business continuity lessons from the Moncton and Boston manhunts

Last week in Moncton, New Brunswick, a 24-year-old gunman went on a rampage shooting five RCMP officers, killing three of them and severely injuring the other two. The incident began at 7:20pm and the ensuing manhunt carried on for 28 hours until he was captured. As chronicled on Wikipedia: “Up to 300 police personnel were involved in the search. Pedestrians and …

Spring thaw exposes flood anxieties and still-frozen emergency communications plans

With the anniversary of the Southern Alberta floods looming, are organizations now any better prepared for emergencies? CALGARY, ALBERTA– From cold snaps and ice storms to polar vortex windchill, Canadians are emerging from one of the coldest and snowiest winters in decades. It has been a long, bitter winter but are we really ready for spring? Questions around emergency preparedness are …

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After One of the Worst Winters Ever, the Spring Melt Prompts Better Emergency Communications Planning for Potential Flooding

Like most Canadians, you probably think this long and bitter cold winter has been the most extreme weather you’ve seen in years. And you’d be right. It’s no exaggeration because it literally has been the worst winter in decades. Record-breaking temperature drops, blizzards and ice storms have immobilized urban centres all season. Winnipeg recorded its second coldest winter on record …

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L’Isle Verte Highlights the Importance (and Degree of Difficulty) of Emergency Planning at Seniors’ Homes

While the small Quebec town of L’Isle Verte mourns, recovery crews are painstakingly de-icing and picking through the wreckage of what remains of the Résidence du Havre seniors’ home. 32 people – seniors in their 80s and 90s – are presumed dead from a fire that ravaged the building late last Wednesday night in frigid and blustery winter conditions. It’s a …

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Did Corporate Calgary Learn Its Lesson from the Flood? Maybe Not

Ipsos Reid study identifies critical gaps in corporate emergency response plans Calgary, AB – Calgary organizations are at-risk with their emergency response plans (ERP) and are not fully prepared for natural disasters or emergencies, according to a new Ipsos Reid study. The research study included telephone interviews with almost one-third of Calgary-based organizations that have more than 100 employees and were directly impacted …

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What’s happened since you last updated your emergency response plan?

Keeping a business continuity plan updated can be very important in case it needs to be put into action at a moment’s notice. How that plan holds up though as a result of all kinds of different technological advancements, business growth, and personnel changes, can determine just how useful it is, and whether or not your business continuity plan needs …

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The 5 essentials of crisis management

Being prepared for an emergency situation is vital for the survival of any business. Successful business owners understand that your response to a given circumstance can be what determines your success or failure. Proper management of an emergency situation involves the implementation of a pre-arranged crisis management plan. Having a plan of action available before a crisis takes place can …

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The sunny side of Sandy: how Superstorm Sandy focused attention on emergency preparedness

Superstorm Sandy was one of the worst storms of 2012. Although it was downgraded from a major hurricane to a Category One, Superstorm Sandy caused billions of dollars in damages to cities, local businesses, residences and historical landmarks. People were surprised at just how much damage a Category One hurricane/superstorm was able to do, and cleanup efforts continue into 2013. …