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The Dallas hospital treating the Ebola patient has just announced that the patient died. The Liberian public health and airport security personnel in Liberia did their jobs, and checked outgoing passengers at three distinct checkpoints.  But airport personnel can...

Travel Risk Is High Right Now

It’s not just that airplanes have been disappearing, or shot down, or that the infectious disease Ebola is out of control in parts of Africa, or that Tel Aviv travel was suspended by major airlines when shelling came too close to the airport . Travel risk has...

More Advice From A Risk Detective

 I finished a new article on insider threats a couple of weeks ago.  You can find it on our website ( in the Research section, under “Articles by Annie.” I am on my to New York City via Boston tomorrow morning. ...

Take Off the Blinders

It’s been an extraordinary month, with scenarios that include missing planes; another round of deaths at Fort Hood just as the report on lessons learned in the Washington Shipyard was released; a Supreme Court decision that makes us wonder if the justices...

Seattle Disasters

    Mudslide     We’ve had two of them in less than a week.  First, the fiery news helicopter crash last week.  Then last Saturday, a horrific mudslide in Snohomish County, where rescue operations have been too dangerous to be fully...

Winter Weather Tips from FEMA

Another big storm is bearing down on the East Coast  —  so I thought I would post a link to FEMA’s winter weather tips. The building blocks of the tips for winter weather apply to those of us in other parts of the country as well. If you keep a...

Give Thanks Any Day

Thanksgiving is the day we celebrate the day when Native Americans sat down with Pilgrims and ate together.  For some of us, it’s a better holiday than all the others combined because we reflect upon just how much we have to be thankful for. Team Rubicon in...

A great honor

Events near the end of October have a way of forcing me to choose among equally enticing prospects.  Rather than attend this year’s Executive Women’s Forum in Scottsdale, I flew to Reno to help present the 2013 Hall of Fame Awards & Gala for the...

Earthquake planning

In yesterday’s operational risk seminar that I teach at the University of Washington, our guest speaker was UW seismologist and information scientist Bill Steele.  In the first hour of class, he used a presentation he had recently made to state government...