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Checks on Checks.

- The Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act, known simply as Check 21, improves bank efficiency by allowing "substitute checks," including digital images of checks, to be used so that paper checks do not have to be moved from institution to institution. The bank on which the check was drawn then treats the check as a debit instrument, instantly charging the amount against the account. Customers will no longer receive cancelled checks; instead, they'll have to log into their bank accounts to see the image of the cancelled check. Unisys has released a list of top-10 risk mitigation techniques for Check 21 risks.

Nuclear threats.

- It sounds like science fiction: A nuclear weapon exploded at high altitude above the United States interacts with the Earth's atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetic field to produce an electromagnetic pulse. This pulse radiates to the Earth and creates massive electrical currents, blowing out electronics, shorting electrical systems, and frying information systems. Cascading infrastructure failures cripple the financial, food distribution, trade, and medical systems. The threat is real and has existed since the birth of nuclear weapons and is now evolving, according to the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack.

Did You Know That?

- Much of the fear of "dirty bombs" is a fear of the unknown. Security managers who wish to educate employees can turn to a fact sheet from the National Academies and the Department of Homeland Security. It explains what dirty bombs are and are not, what they do, what danger they present, and how people can protect themselves. @ To download the sheet, go to SM Online.

Critical Infrastructure: Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

- This work offers a compendium of U.S. government guidelines and tools for working in critical infrastructure protection.

Disaster Preparedness 2.0

- Blogger W. David Stephenson says the latest Web 2.0 capabilities have serious implications for use in an emergency.

Schools Graded on Crisis Preparedness

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WHO Is Preparing for the Inevitable Pandemic

- Only collective action will stem the spread of future pandemics, says the World Health Organization.

Games Aid Emergency Management

- New game-based training simulations are designed to reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of disaster planning.

Did You Know That?

- A survey of mid-size to large companies that are members of the American Management Association shows that fewer have emergency action plans in 2004, 61 percent, than had them in 2003, 64 percent. The number of groups that had a crisis management team also slipped in that same period, from 52 percent to 44 percent. Though part of the difference may be due to the margin of error, it suggests at the very least that the numbers are flat. @ Link via SM Online to a survey summary.

Did You Know That?

- If you're the victim of a biological attack, should you quarantine yourself at home or go to a hospital? If you're in a high-rise during a nuclear attack, where should you go? A reference card by the RAND Corporation answers these questions, explaining how individuals should prepare for and respond to nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological attacks. @ Get the card via SM Online.

The Best Laid Plans

- The best laid emergency plans can go awry if they fail to incorporate certain critical steps and principles.

Quick Bytes: Business continuity partnership

- The financial services industry in Chicago is collaborating with city, state, and federal officials to create a regional group that will work together on disaster recovery plans. The initiative, which others can use as a model, is described in a new report by the U.S. Department of Treasury: Improving Business Continuity in the Financial Services Sector: A Model for Starting Regional Coalitions. @ Visit SM Online or the full report.

Business continuity partnerships

- The financial services industry in Chicago is collaborating with city, state, and federal officials to create a regional group that will work together on disaster recovery plans. The initiative, which others can use as a model, is described in a new report by the U.S. Department of Treasury: Improving Business Continuity in the Financial Services Sector: A Model for Starting Regional Coalitions. @ Visit SM Online for the full report.
 




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