0 View Comments She's faced down North Korean missiles and Russian bombers. The worst hurricane season in decades and raging wildfires couldn't make her flinch. It takes a lot to scare Gen. Lori Robinson, who has led the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command through one of the busiest times. But, what's happening today at Peterson Air Force Base is something she finds daunting, if not terrifying: retirement. She's ending a 36-year Air Force career. For the first time in her adult life, Robinson won't have to worry about America's defense. After a few final salutes, she's off to a boat and a beach. Thursday morning, with Defense Secretary James Mattis presiding, Robinson will hand off her leadership role to Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, who comes to the new job after leading Air Force efforts in the Pacific and Asia. Related: NORAD at 60: Odd-couple countries built successful marriage She wants Thursday to be a celebration of … [Read more...] about NORAD boss retiring after facing down missile tests, natural disasters, nuclear threats
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Chinedu Moghalu, a Nigerian, has been appointed the Senior Communications Specialist / Head, Communications & Advocacy for the Africa Risk Capacity / United Nations World Food Programme, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The African Risk Capacity (www.AfricanRiskCapacity.org) is a Specialised Agency of the African Union that provides African sovereigns with capacity building services for early warning, contingency planning and risk finance towards protecting the livelihoods of their vulnerable citizens against the impact of natural disasters through home-grown, innovative, cost-effective, timely and sustainable solutions. In this position, Mr. Moghalu will be leading efforts to ensure that the work of ARC in responding to the challenges of climate change and natural disaster risk management is strategically communicated to the Member States and the international community in a way that secures commitment and boosts resource mobilisation. Prior to this position, Mr. Moghalu, at … [Read more...] about Nigerian Chinedu Moghalu appointed Head, Communications & Advocacy for the Africa Risk Capacity / United Nations World Food Programme
As visitors from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka stood in a circle Wednesday in a clothing boutique in historic Ellicott City, they looked to shop owner Tammy Beideman for advice on surviving a natural disaster.The seven-member delegation from South and Central Asia — citizens of countries at risk for such calamities as earthquakes and cyclones — included a state emergency operations director from India, the director of a green school in Nepal, an urban planner and disaster management specialist from Mumbai and the deputy director of a television network in India.They wanted to know how Beideman, the 2018 Maryland Small Business Person of the Year and owner of Sweet Elizabeth Jane, had brought her store back from the brink of ruin in the wake of the 2016 flash flood that nearly decimated the Main Street business district.In turn, the business owner — whose merchandise, store fixtures, computers and business records were washed out of the store by raging … [Read more...] about Ellicott City business advises international team how to rebound from natural disaster
A magnitude 5.3 natural disaster was felt throughout many parts of Southern California Thursday afternoon.The quake's epicenter was 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Santa Cruz Island, which is largely unpopulated but does have some staff and is visited by campers.It was centered roughly 38 miles southwest of the mainland city of Ventura, and 86 miles west of Los Angeles.It was produced by offshore faults that "are part of the system that moves Southern California around a bend of the San Andreas fault", seismologist Lucy Jones tweeted.There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage by far.The Los Angeles Fire Department is now surveying the Los Angeles area for any damages or injuries, Chief Ralph Terrazas said in a Twitter post.Shaking was also reported by residents in areas such as Tarzana, San Dimas, Long Beach, Pomona and Torrance.A powerful 5.3 magnitude quake rocked the coast of Southern California Thursday afternoon.Previous year Philippines have been struck several times … [Read more...] about Natural disaster strikes near Channel Islands, felt in Los Angeles
Driving the Day Good Friday morning. TWO THINGS we picked up on yesterday in our conversations. The Office of Management and Budget just sent up a list of provisions and programs that expire at the end of the year, which will help kick off crafting a short-term spending measure to avoid a shutdown. So, in other words, the White House isn’t totally out of the game. But it’s becoming clearer and clearer that the administration is itching for a shutdown fight over border wall funding. It’s just not clear if they want that fight in September, December or both. … … AND KEEP AN EYE ON TEXAS -- Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall in Texas Friday night or early Saturday morning. The Houston Chronicle says it will hit the Lone Star State as a Category 3 storm, per the Weather Channel. http://wxch.nl/2gbVIr3 Storms, as we know, often morph quickly into political issues, so look for Trump to get involved (Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have already … [Read more...] about COHN: ‘I have come under enormous pressure both to resign and to remain in my current position’ — TEXAS HURRICANE could be Trump’s first major natural disaster — PLAYBOOK ON THE ROAD: KARL ROVE at Machu Picchu
Preparing for disaster includes preparing for what follows when your employees and community most need you to be open for business. Lena Requist Published 7:41 am, Monday, March 5, 2018 Photo: Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images 5 Ways to Prepare Your Business for Natural Disasters, Catastrophes and Income Loss 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Disasters can strike businesses at any time and take almost any shape: A flood takes out a startup’s servers. A founder is imprisoned. A tornado destroys the office building. Whether it’s a natural disaster, a PR scandal or something else altogether, not being ready can add another level of devastation to an entrepreneur’s life. I know this firsthand. My company, ONTRAPORT, endured the … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Prepare Your Business for Natural Disasters, Catastrophes and Income Loss
It was a bad PR day for the city of Minneapolis last week when its chief resilience officer left after only seven months and without having turned in any finished work. The jokes here almost wrote themselves — "maybe Minneapolis needs a tougher chief resilience officer" — and it was easy to conclude this must be just a make-work post for the sprinkling of feel-good nonsense around the city. In fact, with the right kind of leadership from the boss this could be a real job. So business leaders who get nothing out of this episode except a chuckle maybe haven't looked closely enough. Corporate CEOs might not ever have a chief resilience officer on their executive teams, but if they swapped out "resilience" for "risk" they might see some similarities between executives hired to look ahead and try to spot what can go wrong. And the CEOs have a similar challenge making their chief risk officers effective that new Mayor Jacob Frey has making the Minneapolis resilience officer job … [Read more...] about Chief resilience officer is lesson in risk management
One of the biggest stories last year was the rise in both the frequency and impact of digital and natural disasters. Cyber attacks like the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware crippled organizations across the world. Hurricanes devastated the Caribbean, Florida and Texas. Wildfires burned in California, Washington and Oregon. And if predictions are right, it’s only going to get worse. Last year was one of the costliest for natural disasters ever. Hurricane Irma resulted in the closure of hundreds of Florida businesses, from amusement parks to cruises, and cost them $83 billion in property damage and lost revenue. Tropical Storm Harvey, which hamstrung Houston for weeks, could cost as much as $190 billion. Cyber attacks can be as disruptive and expensive as natural disasters. Some estimates predicted the cost of ransomware attacks in 2017 alone would exceed $5 billion. Cyber Threats vs. Natural Disasters The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently ranked the “Global Risks of … [Read more...] about Will Businesses Survive The Surge In Cyber Threats And Natural Disasters?
As lawmakers continue trying to pass a long-term spending bill — or yet another temporary stopgap measure — to avoid a government shutdown before Friday at midnight, many federal employees are watching negotiations closely, wondering about the short-term fate of their jobs. But some are also keeping a close eye on Capitol Hill talks with apprehension about how a shutdown might affect the Federal Emergency Management Agency as it comes off a year of natural disasters described as “historic on many levels” — and as FEMA-aided recovery continues in affected areas in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and California. Because FEMA is run by the Department of Homeland Security, which has in the past continued to receive funding during government shutdowns, former agency officials say it is common for lawmakers to brush off concerns a shutdown would adversely affect the agency’s operations. “The Republicans like to say [a shutdown is] not … [Read more...] about After a year of historic natural disasters, what would happen to FEMA if the government shuts down?
The recent spate of natural disasters that devastated parts of North America included a violent variety of events. There were three major hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — wildfires in Northern California, an earthquake in Mexico and tornadoes in Oklahoma. One thing these calamities had in common: They inflicted billions of dollars in property damage and adversely affected many small businesses. History portends that many of those operations won’t completely recover — ever. Almost 40 percent of small businesses don’t reopen after a disaster because the cost of recovery is so high, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. One of the major reasons is that the businesses didn’t have sufficient insurance. Many small business owners will face additional losses due to these disasters, some of which may not be as obvious as flood or wind-damage claims. While utilizing the commercial market for major lines of coverage – property, … [Read more...] about Insuring your small business in a natural disaster