Once estimated to be one of the richest colonies in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is now listed as one of the world’s poorest countries due to the January 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince. Document Mountain’s Save Paper Save People was able to help send a team to Haiti and by partnering with Nehemiah Vision Ministry (NVM), the team was tasked to help bring light into a dark place. The oppression was real! The team had to daily pass 3 voodoo temples to simply get to the work site. Through persistence and prayer the foundation of a new community center was started. This community center will provide great access to much needed medical services. See the whole story here.
Document Mountain by Cornerstone has had the privilege of volunteering our time at Neighborhood Fellowship Church’s VBS for 14 years. We had approximately 115 kids attend and 45 volunteers. We served hot breakfast to over 100 kids each day and volunteers provided between 125 – 150 sack lunches each day.
This year, 5 of our teen volunteers that had attended VBS as students for many years wanted to give back by serving. One of them was a 2 year old at our very first VBS and has been there every year since. We were also able to provide a little extra help for a small group of children. Read their story below:
How did you sleep last night? Did you have a soft pillow, comfy mattress, or a warm blanket? Every night we lay down and that feeling of ahhhhhh comes over us. The weight of the day washes away. Our bodies relax and sleep begins to overtake us. We feel safe and at peace.
Now imagine that you have never slept on a bed. You have no pillow and now blankets. The only thing you have is a small segment of a hard floor that you have to share with the twelve other people that live in the half of a duplex that you’re trying to exist in. You can never really find relaxation.
We met 5 young children ranging from 4 to 12 that lived in these conditions. They came to VBS because they heard there was a free meal. That morning their grandmother, the head of the household, told them that she could not provide any more meals for them. After getting them fed we learned of their sleeping conditions. The next day we were able to provide each child with a sleeping mattress and a sleeping bag.
Three Democratic senators—Florida Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin—introduced legislation which requires companies to promptly report data breaches and imposes new criminal penalties for executives who try to deliberately conceal data breaches.
The proposed bill, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act, was introduced in the wake of Uber’s recent disclosure of a major 2016 data breach. According to Uber, hackers accessed the personal information of 57 million riders and drivers last year, a breach that the company didn’t disclose publicly until two weeks ago. At the time of the breach, Uber paid hackers $100,000 to destroy the data and did not tell regulator or users that their information was stolen, according to media reports.
The legislation would, among other things, require companies to notify consumers of a data breach within 30 days; and make it a crime – punishable by up to five years in prison – for knowingly concealing a breach.
“We need a strong federal law in place to hold companies truly accountable for failing to safeguard data or inform consumers when that information has been stolen by hackers,” Sen. Nelson said in a statement. “Congress can either take action now to pass this long overdue bill or continue to kowtow to special interests who stand in the way of this commonsense proposal. When it comes to doing what’s best for consumers, the choice is clear.”
The bill would require covered entities that own or possess data in electronic form containing personal information must provide notification to users or consumers within 30 days of the discovery of a data breach unless a U.S. federal law enforcement or intelligence agency exempts the entity from informing the public.
The bill also proposed that a covered entity will not be held to that 30 days notification window if the company or organization can show that it’s not feasible in order to accurately identify affected consumers or to prevent further breach or unauthorized disclosures or to reasonably restore the integrity of the data system.
In addition, the bill proposes to make the willful concealment of a breach a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.
The bill also directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to develop strict security standards that businesses would be required to follow to better protect consumers’ personal and financial data. It also provides incentives to businesses that adopt new technologies that make consumer data unusable or unreadable if stolen during a breach.
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Because of the silo of retention for these blueprints, they were only able to access them while at the bus barn. A new official at the school found this situation ridiculous as he attempted to review all of the facilities under his management. He would have to call to the bus barn and have a copy of the correct print sent to him via his phone. The situation was exaggerated because there was only one individual who knew how to find the appropriate record.
Even though this situation was at a school corporation it is replayed in organizations everywhere. Here are some best practices that you can put in place today:
- Provide immediate, necessary access.
- Reduce the number of silos where records are stored.
- Enforce uniformity in the naming of the records.
- Eliminate the subject matter
To avoid finding yourself in a situation like this school corporation, find the bottlenecks in the accessibility of your records from silos, to the gatekeeper, to the appropriate keys. This process is simplified through technology since it was the manual intervention and monitoring that got you there in the first place
Records are required, they just don’t have to be a risk. Contact us to see how we can help you.
What would you do if a monster storm ripped through your home?
When I asked this of
Analisa, a resident of Rockport, TX, she simply cried.
On August 25th, Category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport TX. The estimated 130 miles an hour sustained winds created a 13-foot-high storm surge that swept away everything in the way of its’ path. To compound the initial impact, this monster storm dropped more inches of rain in a week’s time than this area would normally receive in a year.
During the onslaught of the storm, Analisa lost everything. As the days went on, finding food and clean water was becoming a problem. A group of volunteers from Indianapolis, IN traveled down to the eastern cost to serve those in need. A team of 8 people drove more than 20 hours to Rockport, TX to assist those impacted by the storm.
The team partnered with Mercy Chefs, which is a Christian relief agency that principally focuses on providing meals to individuals impacted by natural disasters and national emergencies. While in Rockport, Mercy Chef severed over 100,000 free meals. The Indianapolis team was able to assist with delivering meals to victims stuck in their homes.
This is where the team met Analisa. She had made it through the storm and was trying to access the aftermath. In her words, “my roof and walls evaporated or were blown 2 blocks over. The only thing that was untouched was my cross on the wall and my bible next to my bed.”
Document Mountain by Cornerstone was blessed to be able to assist with the team from Indianapolis, IN financially and by sending team members. In addition to delivering more than 300 meals over a 3-day period, they also provide more than 2,000 pounds of beef and pork to be barbequed, 30 generators for those without power, 800 pairs of work gloves, 1,200 homemade cookies as well as hundreds of cold drinks.
Hurricane Harvey was a monstrous storm that left thousands of people homeless. Without the donated time and effort of these groups, hope may have been lost.