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  1. Severe tornados and expected hurricanes see businesses enlist their own “weather department”

    ImpactWeather reports that expectations for a more intense 2013 hurricane season, coupled with the recent tornado outbreaks, is causing a sharp increase in the number of companies seeking to outsource their weather watching responsibilities. This urgency has also been fueled by awareness of independent research showing that weather is the leading cause of business disruptions, and businesses leaders know too well that disruptions are extremely costly. Top 3 Leading Causes of Business Disruptions* 1. Severe Weather 2. Power Outage (Commonly weather-related) 3. IT Failure (Occasionally weather-related) * Source: Forrester Research / Disaster Recovery Journal Business Continuity Plan Survey, December 2011 Other independent studies show that the average cost of downtime to a company is about $5,000 per minute (Source: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Infrastructure/Unplanned-IT-Downtime-Can-Cost-5K-Per-Minute-Report-549007 ), however, depending on the nature of the business, these costs can be exponentially higher. Unnecessary shutdowns are often the most expensive of all. According to Mark Chambers, President of ImpactWeather, “Among the hundreds of diverse companies that rely on ImpactWeather to serve as their weather department, the common theme is their goal to be the last to close and first to open, while ensuring the safety of all involved.” Though some companies still attempt to make their weather-related business decisions by analyzing publicly available weather information via the internet, many find that they are better served by a round-the-clock weather department providing weather-related decision guidance that is specific to the nature of the business activity, the company’s physical locations, and its unique risks and challenges. “Years ago, the majority of our clients were industrial operators whose businesses involved outdoor activities, both onshore and offshore”, continues Chambers. “Now our clients include banks, retailers, hospitals, restaurants, insurance companies, manufacturers, hotels, and a variety of other businesses. We serve as the weather department for some of the largest companies in the world.” Although there is some disagreement in the scientific community regarding the causes of weather incident severity, there is broad agreement that extreme weather will dominate both national and international news for the foreseeable future, therefore the trend of businesses seeking better ways to manage these threats will escalate.

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    Thu, 6 Jun 2013

  2. After storm causes power outage, Australia debates clean energy

    The state's power operator, however, said the outage was unavoidable regardless of electricity sources  

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    Thu, 29 Sep 2016

  3. ComEd conducts statewide power outage preparation drill

    Under the drill's simulated scenario, multiple tornados will touch down within Northern Illinois, causing power outages to 1.5 million customers

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    Thu, 11 Jul 2013

  4. Moore, Okla., tornado victims receive donations from Badger Meter

    Badger Meter and its employees donated $5,292 and supplies to help residents of Moore, Okla., after they experienced devastating tornados in May.

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    Fri, 21 Jun 2013

  1. Generac supplies power to Wisconsin fire station, resident following tornado

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    Wed, 23 Jun 2010

  2. Hickory Ground Solutions helps oil industry with supply chain mapping analysis

    Hickory Ground Solutions is helping to ease the pain of potential tornado destruction in Central Oklahoma's oil industry with supply chain mapping analysis.

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    Wed, 18 Dec 2013

  3. Davis-Besse nuclear power plant inspects concrete shield building

    The current inspection incorporates high-definition camera technology for examination inside of the building's walls through a series of inspection ports

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    Fri, 20 Sep 2013

  4. Electrical grid

    Energy management: GE survey results: millions of Americans willing to pay $10 more on monthly bill for reliable grid.

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    Thu, 14 Aug 2014

  5. Safety products: Rugged mobile device for extreme operating conditions, from Two Technologies

    Utility supplies: The first in a series of hard-shell mobile devices designed specifically for emergency responders dealing with harsh weather, extreme environments, and other grueling conditions that make normal cell phones impractical has been developed by Two Technologies.

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    Mon, 2 Jun 2014

  6. Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station examines shield building

    Inspections ensure safe operation of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station following the discovery of cracks in the shield building in 2011 when the building was opened to install a new reactor head.

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    Fri, 20 Sep 2013

  7. Sensus salutes Alabama Power Company for GridWeek 2011 Leadership Award

    Alabama Power estimates that it was able to speed up restoration after April's disastrous tornadoes by at least two days thanks to the two-way communications from advanced meters

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    Thu, 15 Sep 2011

  8. NRC Chairman Jaczko announces resignation

    After nearly eight years of service, Gregory B. Jaczko has announces his resignation as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, effective upon the confirmation of a successor.

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    Mon, 21 May 2012

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