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Obama Signs Order On Response To Climate Change

November 1, 2013 11:57 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The executive order establishes a task force of state and local officials to advise the administration on how to respond to severe storms, wildfires, droughts and other impacts of climate change. The task force will recommend how roads, bridges and flood control projects can be made more resilient to the effects of climate change.

East Coast Marks Anniversary Of Superstorm Sandy

October 29, 2013 11:13 am | by Meghan Barr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of coastal neighborhoods battered by Superstorm Sandy one year ago Tuesday are marking...

Prevent Outages By Reexamining IT Capabilities

September 6, 2013 1:59 pm | by Charles Iannuzzelli, Partner of Consulting Services, SunGard Availability Services | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers’ data centers, on average, are older; many are antiquated. This can prove...

Sandy's 'Freaky' Path May Be Less Likely In Future

September 3, 2013 11:15 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Man-made global warming may further lessen the likelihood of the freak atmospheric steering...

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Report: Small Businesses 'Uniquely Vulnerable' To Climate Change, Extreme Weather

July 25, 2013 3:45 pm | by The American Sustainable Business Council & Small Business Majority | News | Comments

Lacking access to the capital and resources of large corporations, small businesses can suffer lasting economic damage as a result of a single extreme weather event. For example, of the 60,000 to 100,000 small businesses negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy, up to 30 percent are estimated to have failed as a direct result of the storm.

Report: Climate Change Causing Energy Disruptions

July 11, 2013 11:01 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The report, released Thursday by the Energy Department, says blackouts and other problems caused by hurricanes, such as Superstorm Sandy, and other extreme weather are likely to be repeated across the country as an aging energy infrastructure struggles to adapt to rising seas, higher storm surges and increased flooding.

U.S. Vs. European Hurricane Model: Which Is Better?

May 29, 2013 1:37 pm | by Tamara Lush, Associated Press | News | Comments

Meteorologists agree that the two American supercomputers that provide storm models are underpowered — which is why the National Weather Service plans on upgrading those computers in the next two years. The two main forecasting computers — one in Orlando, Florida and the other in Virginia — will receive $25 million in upgrades as part of the Hurricane Sandy supplemental bill.

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White House: Sandy To Blame For Lack Of Growth

January 30, 2013 11:44 am | News | Comments

Top White House economist Alan Krueger says the storm, which battered the East Coast, disrupted economic activity and destroyed $44 billion in fixed capital. Krueger also says federal defense spending shrank, in part because of uncertainty over automatic spending cuts that could have kicked in at the start of the year.

When Lightning Strikes Your Plant Floor

January 11, 2013 10:28 am | by John Amann, Vice President of First Aid & Safety, Cintas Corporation | Articles | Comments

Although leaders within your business would like to believe disasters won’t occur, failing to prepare for one puts your workers and bottom line at risk. Preparing a disaster plan that details how to maintain safety and productivity, and reviewing it with employees can help your business be proactive and ensure the correct reactive solutions are onsite to limit the impact of workplace emergencies.

Retail Sales Rise In November

December 13, 2012 9:10 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Americans spent more online in November to the start of the holiday season and began to replace cars and rebuild in the Northeast after Superstorm Sandy. U.S. retail sales rose 0.3 percent in November from October, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

Survey: Sandy Slows Hiring In November

December 5, 2012 8:51 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A private survey shows that U.S. businesses added fewer workers in November, in part because Superstorm Sandy shut down factories, retail stores, and other companies. Payroll processor ADP says employers added 118,000 jobs last month. That's below October's total of 157,000, which was revised lower.

Sandy Slowed Consumer Spending And Pay

November 30, 2012 10:39 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Americans cut back on spending last month while their income remained flat. The weakness in part reflected disruptions from Superstorm Sandy that could slow economic growth for the rest of the year. The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending dropped 0.2 percent in October.

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Retailers Report Weak Gains For November

November 29, 2012 10:52 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Major retailers such as Kohl's, Target and Macy's on Thursday reported weak sales in November as a strong start the holiday shopping season over the Thanksgiving weekend wasn't enough to fully offset a slow start to the month caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Fewer People Seek U.S. Jobless Aid

November 21, 2012 10:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to a seasonally adjusted 410,000, though the figure was elevated for the second straight week by Superstorm Sandy. The Labor Department said Wednesday that applications dropped by 41,000 from the previous week, when the storm drove applications to their highest level in 18 months.

Sandy Leads To Thanksgiving Rental Car Shortage

November 20, 2012 12:30 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The storm has damaged thousands of cars — including those owned by rental companies. The loss of vehicles has been compounded by rising demand. Thanksgiving and Christmas are normally busy rental periods. And lingering mass transit problems caused by Sandy have added to demand.

Q&A: How To Handle Your Supply Chain When Natural Disasters Strike

November 16, 2012 1:27 pm | Articles | Comments

Unexpected disruptions like Sandy serve as reminders that it is nearly impossible to predict and prepare for every type of risk. Instead, companies are better off focusing on the vulnerabilities that expose them to these risks in the first place and building resilience in their supply chains.

U.S. Industrial Production Drops

November 16, 2012 9:55 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Superstorm Sandy depressed U.S. industrial output in October, the latest indication that the storm could temporarily slow the economy. Still, production of machinery and equipment declined sharply, reflecting a more cautious outlook among businesses. The Federal Reserve said Friday that industrial production fell 0.4 percent last month, after a 0.2 percent gain in September.

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Manufacturing In Philly, New York Regions Shrinks

November 15, 2012 1:38 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional manufacturing activity declined to -10.7. That's down from a reading of 5.7 in October, the first month of growth since April. The region includes New Jersey, which like New York was hit hardest by the storm.

Superstorm Sandy Pushes Jobless Claims To 439K

November 15, 2012 10:01 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Superstorm Sandy drove the number of people seeking unemployment benefits up to a seasonally adjusted 439,000 last week, the highest level in 18 months. The Labor Department says applications increased by 78,000 because a large number of applications were filed in states damaged by the storm.

Global Warming Talk Heats Up After Sandy

November 14, 2012 8:22 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Climate change is suddenly a hot topic again. The issue is resurfacing in talks about a once radical idea: a possible carbon tax. A carbon tax works by making people pay more for using fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas that produce heat-trapping carbon dioxide.

Claims About Flood-Damaged Cars Aren't True

November 8, 2012 5:35 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In the days since Superstorm Sandy, an alarming prediction has flashed across the Internet: Hundreds of thousands of flood-damaged vehicles will inundate the nation's used-car market, and buyers might not be told which cars have been marred. Not true, according to insurance-claims data reviewed by The Associated Press.

Weekly Jobless Claims Fall To 355K

November 8, 2012 8:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits last week fell by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 355,000, a possible sign of a healing job market. But officials cautioned that the figures were distorted by Superstorm Sandy. Applications declined in one state because its unemployment office lost power during the storm and wasn't able to receive applications, a department spokesman said.

Dow Chemical To Support Sandy Relief Efforts

November 7, 2012 10:58 am | News | Comments

The Midland-based chemical giant plans a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross National Disaster Fund; $150,000 in grants to local Red Cross chapters and human services providers in areas where Dow has facilities; and implementation of an employee matching gift program of up to $100,000.

Airline Stocks Fall As Sandy Damages Pile Up

November 2, 2012 4:57 pm | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines Inc. said Friday that the storm cost it $45 million in revenue and $20 million in profit. The nation's second-largest airline canceled more than 3,500 flights. Other airlines are expected to comment on the storm's fallout over the next week, as they report October traffic results. Analysts are already making estimates.

Long Lines, Rising Tempers Seen At Gas Stations

November 2, 2012 11:28 am | by Eileen AJ Connelly and Meghan Barr, Associated Press | News | Comments

With fuel deliveries in the East disrupted by storm damage and many gas stations lacking electricity to run their pumps, gasoline became a precious commodity, especially for those who depend on their cars for their livelihoods. Some drivers complained of waiting three and four hours in line, only to see the pumps run out when it was almost their turn.

A State-By-State Look At Superstorm's Effects

November 2, 2012 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, killing at least 92 people in the United States. Power outages now stand at more than 3.8 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here's a snapshot of what is happening, state by state.

New Estimate For Economic Damage From Storm: $50B

November 1, 2012 4:00 pm | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The new numbers Eqecat released Thursday are more than double the firm's previous estimate. Eqecat said Sandy may have caused between $30 billion and $50 billion in total economic losses, including property damage, lost business and extra living expenses. The cost to insurance companies could run as low as $10 billion and as high as $20 billion.

Delmarva Poultry Industry Escapes Major Damage

November 1, 2012 3:50 pm | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Delaware Department of Agriculture said Thursday that there was no significant flooding or poultry house damage, and that chicken farmers are generally in good shape. Feed trucks are back on the road, and poultry processing plants resumed operations Wednesday.

U.S. Military Flying Power Equipment To Storm Area

November 1, 2012 3:16 pm | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | News | Comments
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