Amateur radio proven valuable during natural disasters

When natural disasters force modern day forms of communication out of order, amateur radio has proven to be valuable during times of crisis.

During the Joplin tornado in 2011, radio operators implemented their voices, keywords and even Morse code through the radio waves and assisted emergency workers at hospitals and in search and rescue operations.

Even tourist destinations feeling the heat of wildfires

Certain Colorado tourist destinations have been adversely affected by local wildfires.

Fires close to Fort Collins were finally put under greater control this last week, but the northern Colorado tourist business has been adversely affected.

Adjust with the times to keep business thriving

According to a recent survey, Americans are spending less time out shopping, so retailers are finding ways to adjust their business mindset to meet the consumers' needs.

With Americans spending less time “purchasing goods and services,” retail stores are trying to adjust to the changing consumer mindset by increasing online options and creating smaller stores in more convenient locations.

Blog posts will gain both positive and negative attention

Buying CDs versus downloading music and file-sharing with friends is still a hotly debated topic, something that an NPR intern learned first hand after she blogged about her own music collection.

An intern for NPR’s “All Songs Considered,” recently posted about her collection of music – over 11,000 songs and just 15 CDs were purchased to make the compilation possible.

New Hampshire nuclear plant suffered from lack of emergency preparedness

A New Hampshire power plant failed to properly detect a simulated radiation release and to notify officials during an emergency test.

Plant operators failed to properly detect a simulated radiological release at the nuclear power plant and also failed to advise state emergency planning officials during a test of the emergency preparedness process held in April.

Keep tabs on employees’ online surfing to avoid possible security breaches

Businesses need to ensure that they not only have adequate firewalls installed on their computer systems, but that employees are trained in proper protocol for using company computers.

According to the New York Times, computer specialists say “corporate account takeover” crimes are becoming more common, and small businesses are easier prey because many lack firewalls and monitoring systems.

Knowing your neighbors can help in disaster recovery

According to experts, when individuals have good relationships with their neighbors, it can prove invaluable during an emergency or natural disaster.

According to Daniel Aldrich, an associate professor of political science at Purdue University, who studies how people recover from natural disasters, relationships individuals have with their neighbors often prove to be invaluable during an emergency.

Recovery still needed after reputations damaged online

Whether through a security breach or unfavorable rumors, companies can have their reputations damaged from online means and will need a recovery plan in order to bounce back.

When misinformation and rumors – or just unfortunate truths – circulate about an enterprise it can dominate the company’s search engine results and in turn, potentially damage the business. Not only will customers possibly decide to leave, the aftermath of cleanup costs could be great.

OSHA fines Mississippi correctional facility for workplace violence

A Mississippi correctional facility was fined by OSHA after failing to take measures to ensure employee safety, even after an investigation in 2011.

The proposed penalties total $104,100 and include one willful violation, where employees were exposed to workplace violence and the facility failed to take adequate measures to reduce violence after a December 2011 investigation.

Disaster declarations for New York farmers after unexpected weather

With federal aid, New York farmers hope to recover from their losses after being hit by multiple storms and weather fluctuations.

Across New York, more than 3 million acres of farmland have experienced a 30 percent loss or greater, while many farms suffered 100 percent losses. Many of these same areas were still recovering from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

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