Michael Camacho For Pacific Daily News/USA TODAY Network Published 12:18 AM EDT Mar 17, 2019 Emergency situations can happen at any moment. Advanced preparation and planning can ease the stress that comes with a disaster. A financial disaster kit can make the recovery process less stressful. A well-crafted kit contains information necessary to assist in the recovery process and is based solely on your household’s situation. Damage or injury. You will want contact information and copies of your insurance policies ready. Having your medical and property insurance information with you can give you peace of mind and help make the claims process a little easier. Proof of home rental or home ownership is vital if you require federal disaster assistance. You’ll need a copy of your lease agreement or mortgage. If the house was deeded to you, you will need the deed. If you have a second mortgage on your home, include that as well. More: Guam retailers urged to … [Read more...] about Money Matters: Families need a financial disaster kit
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Brumadinho, Brazil -- My first day covering the devastating dam collapse in southeastern Brazil, I was on the phone with my editor when a crying woman approached me. "Sir, sir, can you help me to find my son?" she asked, looking at me with glassy eyes that seemed empty. "Do you know where my son is?"I didn't know what to say. Then I remembered the support center that authorities had set up downtown and told her to go there. She said she had already been there.Another son of this woman then approached, and the two walked off.As I watched them go, I wished I had reacted differently, thought of something better to say, but I didn't know what.EDITOR'S NOTE: Photographer Leo Correa traveled to Brumadinho on assignment for The Associated Press on the day that a mining dam collapsed. He spent nearly a week documenting the tragedy.This family was like hundreds of others, needing to hope that a loved one was still alive while fearing the worst.The Jan. 25 breach of the dam, at an iron ore mine … [Read more...] about “Where is my son?” One family’s pain in the Brazil dam disaster
Vale SA , the world's largest iron ore miner, on Tuesday vowed to take as much as 10 percent of its ore output offline in order to decommission 10 more dams like the one that burst last week, killing scores of workers and nearby residents in Brazil. Chief Executive Fabio Schvartsman said it would temporarily paralyse operations using those dams and spend 5 billion reais ($1.3 billion) to decommission them over the next three years. The move came as prosecutors began arresting Vale executives over the Friday collapse of a tailings dam in the Brazilian town of Brumadinho, which was hit by a torrent of mining waste that killed at least 84 people and left hundreds more missing. The disaster raised fresh questions about the company's commitment to safety after a similar deadly dam burst just over three years ago at a nearby mine it jointly owned. "We decided the company should, once and for all, do what it takes to remove any doubt about the safety of Vale's dams," … [Read more...] about Vale to cut output and shut down dams after Brazil disaster
Technical issues were enough to hit TSB with a brutal three-week outage in April last year. The damage from that event is well documented – an eightfold increase in customers choosing to bank elsewhere, a bill for compensation and repairs costing roughly £176m, and a chief executive who decided to walk. The events suffered by the bank did a great deal to highlight the potential damage that can be caused by a data outage, although we’ve seen other more malicious factors put companies at major risk. Ransomware has thrived on taking away a company’s ability to access the services it needs most unless the demands of cyber criminals are met – in 2017, WannaCry and NotPetya both halted vital operations for the likes of the NHS and shipping firm Maersk. Insider threats can also be problematic – sometimes employees may sabotage their own companies, as we saw with Tesla in June last year. But sometimes accidental events can be even more significant than this … [Read more...] about Flood, fire, even an earthquake: businesses must protect themselves against the event of a natural disaster
In the three decades since the Kegworth air crash, there have been many other incidents where the loss of life has been such that the location itself has become shorthand for what happened there. King’s Cross, Dunblane, London Bridge, Manchester Arena, Grenfell - all these and more are a reminder of the potentially devastating consequences of emergency situations. If there is a tiny sliver of comfort to be gained from these events, it is that each has provided a measure of learning for similar situations in the future, whether that is a plane crash, a fire, a mass shooting or a terrorist attack. How our area would deal with any of these incidents if they happened tomorrow is something that is constantly being assessed, rehearsed, and planned for. Who deals with the planning? Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire all have their own Local Resilience Forum, made up of representatives from the emergency services, local councils, hospitals, the Environment Agency, Highways … [Read more...] about Kegworth disaster 30 years on: What would happen if an emergency took place now?