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Let Zombies Bring Your Emergency Preparedness Training To Life

Let Zombies Bring Your Emergency Preparedness Training To Life

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Business continuity and training expert Bob Clark joins Danielle Ricci, Vice President of Marketing for AlertFind, to talk about how organizations can overcome resistance and create more engaging emergency preparedness training with a series of zombie scenarios.

In our upcoming webinar, he’ll discuss how to use these scenarios in a variety of formats – walkthrough, tabletop and live events. He’ll help emergency preparedness professionals avoid common training pitfalls and create training that helps employees understand how to better protect themselves in a variety of situations.

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10 Features to Look for in a Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution

10 Features to Look for in a Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution

These days, as CIOs are told to do more with less and find cost-effective solutions that meet business goals, the cloud has seen tremendous growth. One of the most cost-effective solutions that is seeing phenomenal uptake is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). According to Gartner, DRaaS is a $2.02 billion business currently, and it is expected to reach $3.73 billion by 2021.

 

What you Should Look for in a Cloud Disaster Recovery Solution

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Top 10 Use Cases for Cloud Computing

Top 10 Use Cases for Cloud Computing

The shift to the cloud has brought about several solutions that make doing business easier. Whether it be cost savings, added flexibility or ease of use, companies are offloading workflows to the cloud and maintaining a competitive advantage. The cloud has also allowed companies to develop strategies and plans that were once after-thoughts, like disaster recovery and business continuity. Though cloud computing may not make sense in every business situation, there are several use cases that have undeniable benefits and should not be ignored. Here are the Top 10 cloud computing use cases:

10. Software as a Service (SaaS)

As companies grow and gather more data, SaaS technology has entered the market as a way to store, organize and maintain that data. Marketing automation tools, customer relationship management (CRM), etc. have helped lines of business to more efficiently do their jobs. Often referred to as "software on demand," SaaS solutions are centrally hosted in the cloud and can be accessed from anywhere, any time. 

9. Big Data Analytics

Speaking of gathering more data, Big Data is a disruptive trend that is wreaking havoc on the business world. Companies like Amazon and Facebook are Big Data powerhouses, collecting information on consumer buying trends, likes, dislikes and analyzing the data to predict future purchases and grow their businesses. Companies today are all trying to collect and understand big data to make decisions on sales, marketing, R&D, and more. When it comes to storing, managing and analyzing this data, the cloud is a very powerful tool.

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With Seconds To Respond, Is Your Business Earthquake-Ready?

With Seconds To Respond, Is Your Business Earthquake-Ready?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Earthquake preparedness expert Steven Eberlein joins Danielle Ricci, Vice President of Marketing for AlertFind, to talk about how businesses can prepare for the unique challenges that earthquakes pose.

In our upcoming webinar, he’ll discuss the key areas that companies must address – the unique challenges of preparing for earthquakes because they hit with no notice. He’ll walk organizations through how they can better prepare their employees and their operations with the right training and preparedness mindset.

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Are You Doing Enough To Mitigate Your Wildfire And Mudslide Risk?

Are You Doing Enough To Mitigate Your Wildfire And Mudslide Risk?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Wildfire expert Jeffrey Kolts joins Danielle Ricci, Vice President of Marketing for AlertFind, to talk about how businesses can proactively prepare their businesses for wildfires and mudslides.

In our upcoming webinar, he’ll discuss the key areas that companies must address – employee preparation, operational cash, suppliers and evacuation plans. He’ll walk organizations through both the risk of wildfires and mudslides and why businesses must be ready to evacuate their offices with an hour or less of notice.

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Why You Need A Scenario-Based Business Continuity Strategy

Why You Need A Scenario-Based Business Continuity Strategy

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

For businesses, it can be easy to get a kind of tunnel vision – focusing on specific risks instead of creating a broader, more scenario-based approach.

For many businesses, they may know their top two or three risks. It could be hurricanes or wildfires, or even cyber threats or active shooters. But just like markets change, so do a company’s risks.

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How To Conduct A Fire Drill at Work

How To Conduct A Fire Drill at Work

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

No one expects to have a fire or other disaster at work, but they happen every day in office buildings across the country. We like to think of our workplaces as predictable outposts full of copiers, Keurig machines, and maybe a few too many meetings. But the truth is that when a fire breaks out, employees’ lives can be on the line. You and your company's leaders need to be familiar with how to conduct a fire drill at work. By scheduling regular fire drills, your company can plan for a potential fire and prepare employees to exit the building safely.

Why fire drills at work are important

The National Fire Protection Association reports that there were an average of 3,340 fires per year in U.S. office properties from 2007-2011. Armed with stats like this, your company would be wise to plan regular fire drills. In fact, many landlords and office management companies require this in their leases.

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Duty Of Care In The Workplace

Duty Of Care In The Workplace

First appeared on the AlertMedia blog

Duty of care—you might have heard the phrase tossed around by companies touting their dedication to their employees. You might just associate it with liability lawsuits and big payouts. But what exactly is it?

According to Collins Dictionary, duty of care is "the legal obligation to safeguard others from harm while they are in your care, using your services, or exposed to your activities."

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Consolidation In The Emergency Notification System Market

Consolidation In The Emergency Notification System Market

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

In recent years, we’ve seen a large increase in the number of threats facing organizations around the world. Active shooter events are on the rise, hurricanes are causing more and more damage, and we are at a greater risk for experiencing a large-scale pandemic than ever before.

This increase in threats led to a wide-scale emphasis on emergency preparedness. Companies of all sizes started taking major steps to ensure their organization was prepared for any crisis, and their people were protected from any threat. As emergency notification systems (ENS) are a crucial component of any emergency preparedness plan, the ENS market experienced substantial growth. Eventually, the market supported over 50 mass notification system vendors.

Many emergency notification system vendors found themselves to be offering similar products, of similar quality, at similar price points. The competition began to drag down profit and many smaller vendors struggled to stay visible, so they started to consolidate.

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5 Steps To The Best Emergency Notification Software Implementation

5 Steps To The Best Emergency Notification Software Implementation

Originally published on the AlertMedia blog. 

The Key to Finding The Right Mass Notification Software Solution

Purchasing new enterprise software involves multiple steps including a needs assessment, budget allocation, vetting, contract negotiations, and finally, the purchase. However, determining if a potential solution is the right fit goes beyond requirements and budget. You may have the best emergency notification software but without proper implementation you might as well be using tin cans and string. One of the biggest indicators of viability is how easy the software is to implement. No matter how sleek the solution, if it’s difficult to implement, it will impact adoption and ROI.

When choosing the best emergency notification software for your organization, a smooth implementation will ensure your investment is usable within days, if not hours. Follow these simple steps to gain peace of mind that the notification software you select will deliver its intended value.

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3 Post-Hurricane Safety Precautions for Facility Managers

3 Post-Hurricane Safety Precautions for Facility Managers

Originally published on the AlertMedia blog

When a hurricane strikes and everyone else is moving to higher ground, facilities managers are headed the other way—planning when they can return and assess the damage. Once the storm moves offshore or loses steam, they will likely be the first ones back to the office. No matter how well you've prepared your business for a hurricane, things will be chaotic. If you’re a facility manager, you need to be taking the correct post-hurricane safety precautions to ensure the property is ready for a safe re-entry so everyone can get back to work.

According to the American Meteorological Society, the U.S. faces more extreme weather events than any other country on the planet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) predicted that there will be 9-13 Atlantic named storms in 2018. That’s a lot of wind, water, and debris possibly headed straight to your facilities.

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Can Your Business Continuity Plan Survive Today’s New Threats?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Business continuity expert Bob Clark joins Danielle Ricci, Vice President of Marketing for AlertFind, to talk about how evolving threats – pandemics, cyber attacks and terrorism – are affecting today’s organizations.

In our upcoming webinar, he’ll discuss what companies need to know about these threats and how to adapt to a more agile approach to risk assessment.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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Business Continuity Risks: Trends in 2018

Business Continuity Risks: Trends in 2018

Business continuity threats vary depending on the circumstances that affect an organization. However, there are sevenemerging trends that pose continuity risks to businesses globally and across industries. According to business broker Cress V. Diglio, it is essential for business leaders to stay abreast and watch out for these corporate threats to avert possible disruptions in operations, losses, or, in the worst case scenario, business closure.

 

Below we list down seven emerging trends that businesses around the world should prepare for.

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The 7 Step Guide to Creating A Fire Evacuation Plan For Your Business

The 7 Step Guide to Creating A Fire Evacuation Plan For Your Business

This article first appeared on the AlertMedia blog

When a fire threatens your employees and business, chaos and confusion can reign.

Construction fires often move so quickly that workers are forced to do what they can to survive. When an office tower in Sydney, Australia caught fire earlier this year, construction workers on scaffolding had to scramble to safety when the exterior of the building was transformed into a wall of flames.

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Workplace Violence Statistics 2018: A Growing Problem

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Workplace violence is one of the major causes of deathin the corporate world, second only to transportation. This growing issue can have very damaging effects on morale, reputation and revenue; making it something business have to address now.

Workplace violence is defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the worksite.

Violence has had a major impact on the workplace, accounting for about 9 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The National Safety Council reports that in 2016, 17% of workplace deaths were the result of violence.

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The True Impact of Wildfires on Business

The True Impact of Wildfires on Business

This article first appeared on the AlertMedia blog

Wildfire season is here and businesses have a lot at stake. The far-reaching impact of wildfires on business is astounding, but there are proactive steps a company can take.

The Devastation of Wildfires

In the hot, dry summer months, people have more to worry about than a sunburn. Wildfires can break out at any moment, putting homes and businesses at risk. Whether from a lightning strike, a fallen electrical pole, a cigarette, or a campfire; a single spark can quickly turn into a massive wildfire that can cause irreparable damage.

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CLIP: The Key to Cutting the Cost of a Crisis

Originally posted on Rentsys Recovery Services' blog.

 

Science fiction writer H.G. Wells said, The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow. Its true — think about how political cartoonists pounce on breaches and corporate scandals. If youre responsible for crisis management at your organization, however, the cost of a crisis is anything but funny. For example, if you experience a data breach, youre looking at an average total cost of $3.86 million, or $148 per stolen record. Whether youre facing a breach or a public relations fiasco, the key to reducing the cost of a crisis is CLIP:

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In an incident, put your best face forward!

In an incident, put your best face forward!

This post is a "Flashback Friday" post we did a little while ago.  The lessons are still valid, so we thought we'd share.  Enjoy!

 

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill is a horrible natural disaster that the area might never recover from.  This much is known.  Many people have asked why we haven’t written anything on our blog about it.  So why we aren’t using it when it comes to business interruptions?  The answer is simple; it is such a massive incident that most people can’t wrap their heads around it.  They think “we aren’t a petroleum company, so it doesn’t apply.”  While that is true, I was reading an article about how BP share prices have dropped for the second day in a row.  Half way down this article, there is a perfect Business Continuity piece that ties back to handling the media (for more info, see the articles here and here).  The following helps tie it all together:

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Selling Business Continuity Planning to the Modern C-Suite

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