January 15, 2019

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Special Report: US Air Travel Disruptions from Federal Government Shutdown Likely to Increase

The ongoing partial US federal government shutdown will likely cause increasing disruptions to air travel in the US in the coming weeks unless the impasse is resolved. While the shutdown is currently causing few disruptions to air travel, it has the potential to cause very serious disruptions if federal employees begin to walk off the job in significant numbers. Regardless of the length of the shutdown, its primary impact on air travel will be more disruptive than dangerous, as the shutdown's air-safety impacts will likely remain low.

Read on to get an analysis of the current state of air travel disruptions, how passenger safety is impacted, and what to expect if shutdown furlough continues.


New Safety Concerns Present Complicated Challenge for Event Organizers

In a 2018 report conducted in conjunction with Goldspring Consulting, WorldAware found that the meetings and events industry has significantly lagged behind the corporate travel sector in a applying risk management best practices. This is primarily due to limited understanding of the comprehensive risk management responsibilities planners and organizations face, as well as a lack of ownership tied to the safety and security of event attendees.

Bruce McIndoe was asked by Skift where duty of care for the meetings and events industry falls.

“What will be critical to ensuring we execute comprehensive and thoughtful duty of care practices is continued collaboration and communications across the industry to pull all the various efforts on this front together.”
-Bruce McIndoe, Chief Evangelist and Founder, WorldAware, Inc.

Read on to find out the four key requirements for event planners, according to McIndoe.



Travel Advisory Level for China Unchanged

On January 3, the US State Department updated it’s travel advisory for China following travel safety concerns surrounding the December 2018 arrest of Huawei executive in Canada. While the travel advisory remains at the previous January 2019 level, “Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution,” the latest advisory adds additional context regarding the practice of exit bans and potential increased security measures in Xinjian and Tibet.

Read on to understand what the latest travel advisory means for organizations doing business in China.


Reduced FDA Inspections Put US Food Supply at Risk

While 60% of the FDA is funded by user fees, the other 40% is funded through US government appropriations. Bruce McIndoe, Founder and Chief Evangelist spoke with the Washington Post about the affects on food safety from the shutdown furlough.

"'You can’t shut down the United States government at this magnitude and expect that everything’s going to be hunky-dory. You’re going to see a much higher risk of a failure in the system.”
-Bruce McIndoe, Chief Evangelist and Founder, WorldAware, Inc.

Read on to see how the shutdown furlough is impacting food and facility safety inspections.


Using Social Media for Critical Communications

Given the complex nature of crowd-sourced communications, training is crucial to separate the facts from the noise. Using a real-world scenario around a critical water main break in Los Angeles, Security Magazine asks WorldAware’s David Riker how organizations can decipher the varying degrees of communication during a crisis.

"You need to have the staff with expertise to identify signal through a massive amount of noise."
-David Riker, VP Strategy and Business Development, WorldAware, Inc.

Read on to see how official communication outlets cut through the noise and organizations can use social media data points to ensure appropriate communications to personnel.


Event Snapshot: Use of WorldAware Intelligence During Alaska Earthquake


Since 2000, more than 1,000 earthquakes have been recorded around the world and each year, thousands of people are killed due to earthquake-related hazards.

A magnitude-7.0 earthquake approximately 13 km north of Anchorage, Alaska on November 30, 2018. A local tsunami warning was issued for Cook Inlet and southern Kenai Peninsula. Preliminary reports included cracks in buildings, water main breaks, and damage to some highway infrastructure. A landslide was reported along Seward Highway.

Read on to see how intelligence alerts during the Alaska earthquake provided risk management executives timely information to take action and ensure personnel were accounted for.


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