Typhoon Haiyan

November 14, 2013

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On Friday November 8th,  super-typhoon Haiyan swept through Tacloban, the provincial capital of the island of Leyte, leaving the city in ruins and its population of more than 200,000 in desperate conditions.  Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, devastated a massive central portion of the Philippines and continued its destructive and deadly path, also making landfall in Vietnam and inflicting more damage and suffering.

SDMI is monitoring the response and will provide updates on response and recovery efforts, as well as contribution information, on our website. You can visit the page here: http://www.sdmi.lsu.edu/typhoon-haiyan/

To date, over 11.8 million people have been affected by Haiyan, including an estimated 2,344 fatalities. President Benigno Aquini III estimates the number could climb as search and rescue operations continue. Those surviving the super-typhoon are currently in desperate need of food, water, and shelter. Of these 11 million, over 900,000 have been displaced in the storms aftermath, some relying on evacuation centers set up for temporary housing. While massive relief efforts are currently underway, blocked roads and poor conditions at some airports have made delivering aid to those in need an extremely difficult proposition.

One of the world’s most massive relief efforts is currently underway to help this area in desperate need. This effort will require support from across the globe to assist in both immediate and long-term recovery. As experts in Disaster Management, with direct experience in catastrophic events, SDMI recognizes that every effort helps in these times of need. To assist and spread the word in the response and recovery mission, SDMI encourages you to consider making any contribution you can, large or small, to any of the international agencies that are providing support to the recovery process.

We encourage you to continue to check back for the latest information on response and ways you can support the recovery from Haiyan.… Read the rest

Cyber Security: A New Bug is Threatening Popular Websites. Are You at Risk?

April 16, 2014

An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is one of of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. This bug has affected many popular websites and services (such as Gmail and Facebook) and could have already compromised and exposed your sensitive account information.

Since it has not been clear which sites have been affected, Mashable.com reached out to some of the most popular social, email, banking and commerce sites on the web for their answers and published their responses on the Heartbleed bug. Some of the companies that were vulnerable to the bug have already updated their servers with a security patch to fix the issue, but this doesn’t mean users don’t need to take action. Companies are advising customers to change their passwords as a precautionary measure.

To read the complete story and get all the information you need to protect your sensitive online information and data, visit: http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/

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Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) Holds Quarterly Meeting

April 4, 2014

ADAG April4

The Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) held its quarterly meeting at LSU’s Business Education Complex on Friday, April 4th. Members of ADAG gathered to discuss solutions and form working groups to tackle the various needs of pets and other animals that arise as a result of disasters and other emergencies, including: recovery policies, pet evacuations and sheltering, pet decontamination, pet evacuation mobile shelters and a pet identification plan.

Also included in the meeting was a presentation by Bruce Davis, Ph.D., Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security. Davis introduced a mobile image analysis tool, currently in development, which utilizes the functionality of currently available mobile tablets and smartphones and allows disaster responders to access pre and post disaster images as an intelligent map. The mobile tool permits search and rescue responders to gather photos and information of affected areas and animals and quickly update the system with the most current information in the shared system from their mobile devices.

Members of ADAG will also be participating in the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness’ (GOHSEP) full scale exercise on April 5th to test the disaster response capabilities of local, state and federal agencies. The Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are active in the drill with a focus on animal rescue during disaster response.

The Animals in Disaster Advisory Group (ADAG) was formed by SDMI and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) to address these issues and lead a coalition of involved and interested organizations to reduce the harm to animals as a result of disasters. ADAG is made up of individuals representing local, state, and the federal government, academia, and private institutions, with expertise in emergency animal preparedness, response, and recovery matters. … Read the rest

SDMI Participates in “A Day Without Business” Symposium

April 3, 2014

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The 2014 A Day Without Business Symposium kicked off April 3rd in Tulsa Oklahoma with representatives from SDMI attending the event to participate in a  business continuity and disaster preparedness panel. Attendees of the symposium hear from those who have experienced and survived  disasters first-hand and learn from experts in the fields of continuity planning, information technology, insurance, finance, disaster recovery, and more.

SDMI has participated in A Day Without Business in previous years and was asked to return for the 2014 symposium to share knowledge and resources with participants.  A Day Without Business is presented by Tulsa Parters, Inc., a non-profit organization with a vision to create disaster-resistant and sustainable communities.

To learn more about the symposium and Tulsa Partners, visit: www.tulsapartners.org

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SDMI announces Industry Emergency Management Orientation

March 24, 2014

The Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) is excited to announce a new initiative which involves introducing petro-chemical companies that are new to Louisiana to the local and state level emergency management process and response protocol. The Industry Emergency Management Orientation, created in partnership between SDMI, Louisiana State Police, Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP) Directors, and the Louisiana Department of Environment Quality (LA DEQ), was designed to educate the industrial facility decision makers and help them prepare for, and hopefully prevent or lessen the effects of, any serious hazardous materials event at their facility.

The orientation also creates an opportunity for these decision makers to have an open discussion with emergency management professionals about their specific emergency plans and how a safer environment can be created for their employees and the communities in which they are located.

“The Industry Emergency Management Orientation initiative is based upon a very basic concept; working together to accomplish a common goal,” says Taylor Moss, Command Technician of Louisiana State Police Emergency Services Unit. “Most often it is easier said than done and requires an organization that has the ability to pull together a large number of stakeholders and to focus their energy towards accomplishing a unique task in a condensed timeline; the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute has accomplished this. With the participation of the industry decision makers in this program, we believe they will be better prepared to address serious issues and to take the actions necessary to protect their employees and the citizens in the surrounding communities. I am honored to be a part of such a worthwhile endeavor to have the opportunity to work with an organization consisting of the finest local and state emergency management professionals.”

The Industry Emergency Management Orientation kicked off in March in Ascension Parish with representatives from Methanex.… Read the rest

SDMI & Continuity Insights Host Small-to-Midsized Business Continuity Workshop

March 17, 2014

SDMI and Continuity Insights, in cooperation with multiple regional partners, are pleased to host the SMB Continuity Workshop on April 30, 2014 (to be held concurrent with the Continuity Insights Management Conference). SDMI is proud to continue serving as a partner of Continuity Insights and would like to invite you to attend this event to promote and enhance community resiliency.

Developing a fundamental business continuity and disaster recovery plan has become an SMB imperative. Recent disasters and other events have clearly given a newfound appreciating for planning. But strapped with tight budgets, resources and expertise, where do businesses turn? The Continuity Insights SMB business continuity workshop offers a valuable educational resource.

About the Workshop:

Continuity Insights, a leading business media for safeguarding and protecting businesses, has partnered with a number of regional organizations to host the SMB Business Continuity Workshop, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at the Sheraton New Orleans. Drawing upon the expertise of local subject matter professionals, the SMB Business Continuity Workshop will feature a number of introductory sessions to help businesses better protect their business, data, assets, employees, and facilities.These informative 30-minute “how-to” sessions will provide business owners with a solid foundation for developing a workable business continuity plan for their business.

Here are just a few of the topics on the agenda:

-How to Develop an Emergency Response Plan

-Lessons Learned: Small Businesses Share Their Stories

-Cost-Justification for Developing a Business Continuity Plan

-How to Conduct Emergency Drills

-Public Sector Agencies: Where Do You Turn in Time of Need

At the conclusion of the workshop at 11:00 am, the attendees are invited at no charge to tour the exhibit hall and learn about the many products and services currently available to support an effective business continuity and disaster recovery program. There will be a number of experts on hand to answer questions.… Read the rest

SDMI Hosts Visitors from Central American Universities & Georgetown University

December 12, 2013

Recognizing both the importance of the incorporation of disaster management studies in university curricula and the significance of disaster resilient universities in disaster-prone communities, SDMI is currently hosting visitors from the Central American Council of Universities (CSUCA) sponsored by USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Georgetown University’s Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management program to showcase Louisiana’s disaster and emergency management capabilities.

SDMI will introduce the Central American delegation  of professors and university administrators to federal, state and local, including university-level, programs that are in place in Louisiana to help  better prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters. The delegation will visit federal, state and local agencies, and non-governmental organizations responsible for disaster planning and response activities, and will discuss with university faculty and staff disaster and epidemic-related academic programs as well as projects which have been incorporated into the university curricula.

“We are honored to welcome our esteemed guests to Louisiana and to LSU,” says Joseph Booth, Executive Director of SDMI. “Large scale disasters have given Louisiana the opportunity to design and deploy cutting edge capability in dealing with disasters.  There is a tremendous university role in disaster management that we continue to develop.  Working with practitioners and universities worldwide allows us to learn from each other and document practices that mitigate disaster hazards.”

The CSUCA delegation will also visit with officials and faculty from New Orleans universities that were impacted by Hurricane Katrina to discuss continuity of operations and emergency management for institutions of higher learning and see the ongoing revitalization of post-Katrina New Orleans.

Sidney Velado, Regional Advisor for the USAID- OFDA Office for Latin America and the Caribbean has great expectations for their visit to SDMI and Louisiana. “For USAID’s OFDA, serving as a bridge to Latin American universities to learn from LSU and Louisiana universities impacted by Hurricane Katrina will go a long way into incorporating disaster management into different diciplines and towards fostering resilient universities,” says Velado.… Read the rest

SDMI participates in the Procurement and Supply Institute of Asia (PASIA) Annual World Conference via Skype

November 26, 2013


On Wednesday night, November 20th, 2013, (Thursday, November 21st in Manila, Philippines) the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI) participated in the Procurement and Supply Institute of Asia (PASIA)’s Annual World Conference via Skype.  During this teleconference, SDMI briefed over 300 senior business leaders on emergency management and economic recovery after a disaster.  Attendees of the conference represented various businesses throughout the Pacific region.
After news of the devastation from Super Typhoon Haiyan, SDMI made contact with the Director of Operations and Interim President of the American Logistics Aid Network in order to offer its assistance to those affected by Haiyan.  In turn, SDMI was connected with the CEO of PASIA and asked to participate in the upcoming conference to provide insight and counsel regarding  response to and recovery from a major disaster.
Executive Director of SDMI Joseph Booth, and Director of Business Development Pat Santos, participated in the conference, briefing from a shared slide deck while providing perspective based on many years of experience from past catastrophic events in Louisiana, such as Hurricane Katrina.
“Activities such as these are in line with SDMI’s mission to reach out and assist regions which have been impacted by a disaster,” said Santos. “We are here to provide assistance and capabilities as needed to help the Philippines recover from this devastating event.”  According to Booth, “ As the affected areas of Haiyan transition from lifesaving response to long term recovery, they will still need the assistance of the world community to recover and restore their ability to self-sustain individual communities.  SDMI is a resource that is at their disposal in this regard.”
SDMI was able to share nationally recognized best practices for economic recovery, including the functions of the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center (LABEOC), as well as how to begin outreach for business resiliency through SDMI’s Center for Business Preparedness. … Read the rest

November 19, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan

Dear Friends and Colleagues, On Friday November 8th,  super-typhoon Haiyan swept through Tacloban, the provincial capital of the island of Leyte, leaving the city in ruins and its population of more than 200,000 in desperate conditions.  Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, devastated a massive central portion of the Philippines and continued its destructive and deadly path, also making landfall in Vietnam and inflicting more damage and suffering. SDMI is monitoring the response and will provide updates on…

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Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda : Latest Updates

Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda On Friday September 8th, super-typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines leaving the country in ruins and its population in desperate conditions. Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, has devastated a massive central portion of the Philippines and continued its destructive and deadly path to Vietnam, inflicting more damage and suffering. SDMI is continuing to monitor the response and will provide updates on response and recovery efforts. One of the world’s most massive relief…Click to view full post

Typhoon Haiyan: Before and After Aerial Imagery

Dear Friends and Colleagues, On Friday November 8th,  super-typhoon Haiyan swept through Tacloban, the provincial capital of the island of Leyte, leaving the city in ruins and its population of more than 200,000 in desperate conditions.  Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, devastated a massive central portion of the Philippines and continued its destructive and deadly path, also making landfall in Vietnam and inflicting more damage and suffering. SDMI is monitoring the response and will provide updates on…Click to view full post

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Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda : Latest Updates

November 19, 2013

Map of Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda with track and storm category

On Friday September 8th, super-typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines leaving the country in ruins and its population in desperate conditions. Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, has devastated a massive central portion of the Philippines and continued its destructive and deadly path to Vietnam, inflicting more damage and suffering. SDMI is continuing to monitor the response and will provide updates on response and recovery efforts.

One of the world’s most massive relief efforts is currently underway to help this area in desperate need. This effort will require support from across the globe to assist in both immediate and long-term recovery. As experts in Disaster Management, with direct experience in catastrophic events, SDMI recognizes that every effort helps in these times of need. To assist and spread the word in the response and recovery mission, SDMI encourages you to consider making any contribution you can, large or small, to any of the international agencies that are providing support to the recovery process.

 Key Developments:

  • Storm made landfall on Nov. 7-8 with sustained winds of 195 mph, gusting to 235 mph; estimated 33 ft. storm surge that moved 1-2 miles inland
  • Close to 800,000 were evacuated in advance of the storm
  • 13 million people have been affected
  • Central Samar and Leyte coastal areas were hardest hit – over 90% of buildings in Tacloban, Leyte have been destroyed
  • Philippine government has raised death toll to 4,011. Among the dead were 2 US citizens
  • Displaced toll:  more than 4 million (of those about 350,000 are being housed in 1,560 evacuation centers)
  • Injured toll: 18,557
  • Missing toll: 1,602
  • Clean water is scarce, US military and Philippine officials are working to install 20,000 gallon water tanks in three locations for public use
  • An estimated 2.5 million people are in need of food aid. Partners estimate they have reached over 814,000 with food aid to date, mainly in Leyte province.
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Typhoon Haiyan: Before and After

November 15, 2013

DigitalGlobe is actively collecting imagery to assist with damage assessment from Superstorm Haiyan, a Category 5 Typhoon which ravaged the Philippines on Friday, November 8, 2013. Use the before and after image sliders below to see the extent of the storm’s damage. To view, please click on the arrows in the center of each slider and drag it right and left. For more information on Digital Globe, visit www.digitalglobe.com. … Read the rest