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Earthquakes: A Business Continuity Management Plan
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. While earthquakes are not preventable, a business continuity plan can help minimize your operational risk and exposure.
Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Fl October 10 as a category 4 storm and arrived in southwestern Georgia early Wednesday evening as a category 3 storm. Michael has now transitioned into a tropical storm as it advances northeastward over central Georgia, early Oct. 11. Forecast models indicate that Michael will continue to weaken as it interacts with land over the coming hours; however, the system is still is expected to maintain its tropical storm status as it transits the northeastern US, Oct. 11-12.
Extensive flight disruptions are expected.
US law enforcement agencies intercepted at least 14 packages allegedly containing small amounts of explosive material, addressed to prominent Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials, as well as key DNC supporters, between Oct. 22-26.
As of November 20, most of the evacuation orders in southern California have been lifted as a result of increased containment of the Woolsey Fire. The fire is currently 96% contained and has burned approximately 39,235 hectares (96,949 acres) of land.
According to WorldAware's 2019 Global Forecast, virtual kidnapping risk is on the rise in several regions around the globe. Some areas, like Nigeria, are associated with higher risks of in-person kidnapping. Learn about the motivation behind kidnapping in Nigeria, the target profile, and what to do if kidnapped in this expert analysis by one of WorldAware's special risks experts.
WorldAware's team of expert analysts continues to track the Ebola outbreaks. At this time, authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have identified 498 suspected Ebola cases, including 450 confirmed cases, in Ituri and North Kivu provinces. While the threat of infection for persons not involved in healthcare or funeral settings is low, all individuals should observe strict health precautions, including frequent hand washing with soap and water or with hand sanitizer.
Keeping up your daily medication regime while traveling is integral to maintaining good health. Medication laws vary substantially worldwide, and it is important to know the best way to enter a new country with potentially regulated drugs and if they are allowable.
Consider the following in mind when traveling:
Listeria (L. monocytogenes) poses a serious threat to the global food industry. Most notably, recent Listeria foodborne disease outbreaks have resulted in nine deaths across Europe and 208 deaths in South Africa.
On December 1st, officials in Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of tech giant Huawei and the daughter of the company’s founder, on behalf of the United States government. Meng is suspected of helping Huawei to violate US sanctions on Iran and is awaiting extradition to the United States.