Recent news headlines have been inundated with updates on Ebola. Here at Preparis we pride ourselves on helping businesses prepare for any threat, a part of that includes providing factual information. There seems to be a great deal of content surrounding the current Ebola outbreak which may lead to confusion. With that being said, we have created an infographic including facts on the virus as well as common misconceptions. You can download the complete infographic by clicking on the picture below.
Roughly 8 million people across Latin America have Chagas disease, a potentially fatal disease caused by the American trypanosomiasis parasite, commonly known as the “kissing bug” as it typically bites humans around the mouth. In the past, the disease was generally contained to the affected Latin American communities; however, with the increased mobility to and from endemic areas*, the number of Chagas cases has grown in the US.
The first case of Ebola virus in the United States was diagnosed earlier this week in Dallas, Texas. The unidentified patient has been admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where he is being quarantined for treatment. This is concerning news because until this point, the current Ebola has been contained to West Africa. Prior to this case, several US aid workers were transported to Atlanta, Georgia, after contracting the deadly virus in Liberia. This instance is different in that the patient was diagnosed with the virus on US soil.
The dangerous weather system made landfall late Sunday night in the southern Baja California Peninsula making it the strongest hurricane on record in the region. Odile struck tourist attraction Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, bringing with it strong winds and causing copious amounts of damage. At landfall the Category 3 storm was recorded as having up to 125 mph winds.
Historic flooding brought the southwestern region of the United States to a screeching halt on Monday. An area with sporadic rainfall, certain places in the southwest were surprised to have seen more rain in one day than they have in June, July, and August combined. The rare mix of monsoon rains and the leftovers of Hurricane Norbert have left businesses and residents alike stunned at the power of several inches of rain.
If a disaster struck tomorrow would you be ready? Would your company have a plan of action?
If you answered “no” to these questions, then National Preparedness Month is definitely something to pay attention to. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the government has pushed the importance of emergency preparedness no matter the threat. Since its creation, National Preparedness Month has done just that.
Much of the news coverage of the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak is targeted toward health officials—how to transport patients, how to care for patients, even how to dispose of patients’ bodies—along with some superficial guidance on how to reduce personal exposure to the virus. To date, there has been little discussion on what to do in a business setting should an employee, coworker, tenant, or client be suspected of contracting the disease.
You’ve heeded the headlines of the latest hacker and hoax and may have even changed all of your passwords. Perhaps you experienced the heartburn from the “heart bleed bug” or other notorious nuisances. Each worldwide threat, virus or breach gets increasingly complicated; but often the source for many contemporary cyberthreats is as simple as someone leaving a cell phone on the lunchroom counter.
Hurricane season can significantly impact the continuity of operations for a range of businesses – from retail to law and financial servicesHurricane Invite firms – across the U.S. Planning, training and testing your Business Continuity program in advance is key to ensuring your organization can successfully weather the storms.
The South is due for another bout of wintry weather this week courtesy of Winter Storm Pax. Our AccuWeather partner, Mike Smith forecasts that the storm will hit hardest by midweek on late Tuesday and Wednesday