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Using Emergency Communications to Keep Your Business Moving

Using Emergency Communications to Keep Your Business Moving

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

Companies come in all shapes and sizes, but there are a few elements every organization has in common: people, meetings, money, and coffee. And, of course, every company deals with communication (which can often be a struggle). Communication is the fuel that keeps business moving.

This is especially true for organizations with a complex employee infrastructure like you’ll find in the transportation industry. By now we’ve all heard the term “logistics”—usually in commercials filled with sleek arrows shooting across maps and delivery trucks pulling up right on time.

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How to Mitigate Workplace Violence

How to Mitigate Workplace Violence

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

No business wants to think about a violent incident occurring at their workplace. But each year, more than 2 million American employees report having been a victim of various types of workplace violence. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 807 workers were fatally injured in work-related attacks in 2017. To put that into perspective, that’s nearly 16% percent of the 5,147 workplace fatalities from the same year.

Main Types of Workplace Violence

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Where There’s Smoke: Fire Risks in the Workplace

Where There’s Smoke: Fire Risks in the Workplace

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were over 33,000 workplace fires from 2013–2017 totaling $1.5 billion in property loss. Understanding how a fire might originate is the first step organizations should take in protecting its people and assets.

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a completely fireproof facility. There are simply too many factors present to safeguard against every hazard. While workplace fires are sometimes out of an organization’s control, understanding risk will help dramatically reduce the likelihood a fire will occur.

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The True Impact of Wildfires on Business

The True Impact of Wildfires on Business

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

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

The Devastation of Wildfires

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Organizational Resilience Is A Competitive Advantage

Organizational Resilience Is A Competitive Advantage

Originally appeared on Future of Commerce and Customer Engagement.

With natural and manmade disasters as well as unfortunate events taking place in the world around us, we’re quickly reminded of the volatility of life. The reality is that anything can happen at any time, and change does truly seem to be the only constant.

But humankind requires the ability and courage to move forward in the face of adversity with hope, courage, and resilience.

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By the Hour: How to Brace Your Business Throughout a Hurricane

By the Hour: How to Brace Your Business Throughout a Hurricane

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

At the dawn of the 20th century, Galveston was arguably slated to become the largest city in Texas. A 27-mile long island rising a mere five feet above sea level, the bustling town had grown into the state’s central port. Numerous millionaires called it home, and downtown’s Strand District was dubbed the “Wall Street of the South.”

All of that changed on September 8, 1900.

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Communication Challenges During Wildfire Season

Communication Challenges During Wildfire Season

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

One of the biggest challenges a business faces during a wildfire is communication. Wildfires can grow from a small brush fire into an inferno that engulfs thousands of acres in only a matter of hours.

As a result, officials must be on their toes and have the right technology, processes, and training in place to ensure those in harm’s way are given the information they need to protect themselves and their loved ones at a moment’s notice.

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Why A Panic Button App Isn't Enough

Why A Panic Button App Isn't Enough

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

Lone workers such as social workers, real estate agents, and home healthcare providers are vulnerable to various dangers on the job. Isolation, unknown clients, and entering dangerous environments are a few of the risks they face.

Organizations have a moral and legal responsibility to keep those workers safe and informed. While a panic button app checks some boxes for management (convenient, cheap, and low tech), there are a number of drawbacks.

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Lone Worker Risks: How to Protect Your People

Lone Worker Risks: How to Protect Your People

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

In January of 2014, a social worker in North Carolina began working with a male client. It became clear the client was resistant to her services—he was verbally aggressive on multiple occasions. For a home visit, she brought a peer with her as a safety measure. Despite this precaution, a confrontation occurred inside the client’s home, and he blocked the front door.

After a 15-minute ordeal, the social worker was able to maneuver her way out of the house. Unfortunately, the client lunged after her and shoved her off the front deck. Only later would she learn the extent of her injuries, both physical and emotional.

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DRaaS Providers Come of Age

DRaaS Providers Come of Age

This post originally appeared on the DCIG blog.

As more organizations embrace a cloud-first model, everything in their IT infrastructure comes under scrutiny, to include backup and recovery. A critical examination of this component of their infrastructure often prompts them to identify their primary objectives for recovery. In this area, they ultimately want simplified application recoveries that meet their recovery point and time objectives. To deliver this improved recovery experience, organizations may now turn to a new generation of disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) offerings.

A Laundry List of DRaaS’ Past Shortcomings

DRaaS may not be the first solution that comes to mind to improve their recovery experience. They may not even believe DRaaS solutions can address their recovery challenges. Instead, DRaaS may imply that organizations must first:

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Beat Hurricane Season with Emergency Notification Templates

Beat Hurricane Season with Emergency Notification Templates

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

NOAA recently released their 2019 hurricane predictions and the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are expected to have a near-normal season. Daniel Kaniewski, Ph.D., FEMA deputy administrator for resilience said, “It only takes one event to devastate a community so now is the time to prepare. Do you have cash on hand? Do you have adequate insurance, including flood insurance? Do you have communication and evacuation plans?” This is the time to consider these questions.

As businesses and organizations craft their hurricane preparedness plans, it is vital to business continuity and employee safety that hurricane communications are relevant and can be sent rapidly as conditions change. The fastest way to ensure every employee receives the right message at the right time is to utilize hurricane notification templates. Modern emergency communications solutions will provide templates that companies can send across all communication channels, including email, text, push notifications and phone calls.

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A Hurricane Communication Plan Is Key to Being Prepared

A Hurricane Communication Plan Is Key to Being Prepared

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

Hurricanes are fast, furious and can last for days. Do you have a hurricane communication plan that you can use before, during, and after one hits?

The average life of a hurricane is nine days and it is most destructive during its first 12 hours onshore. As you think about preparing your business for a hurricane, you want to keep organizational communication top of mind. Doing so will help mitigate losses and improve safety outcomes.

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The Fallout After Landfall: Hurricane Impact on Non-Coastal Businesses

The Fallout After Landfall: Hurricane Impact on Non-Coastal Businesses

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

Most people are familiar with the brightly colored cone of a hurricane’s projected track on a radar map. Weather experts are able to pinpoint a storm’s trajectory with increasing accuracy as it approaches land. But it’s easy to forget that the damage a major hurricane unleashes can reach far beyond its initial point of impact.

Businesses and residents far inland feel the impact of major hurricanes, directly through wind damage and flooding or indirectly as the result of a disruption to shipping routes, commerce, and unforeseen issues. When evaluating potential hurricane damage to your business or residence, the narrow scope of a storm’s path can be misleading.

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Hurricane Preparation [Webinar Recap]

Hurricane Preparation [Webinar Recap]

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

On May 30, AlertMedia hosted a webinar on hurricane preparation and the importance of employee communication. The conversation was led by Paul Yura, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service, and Peter Steinfeld, AlertMedia’s VP of Sales.

Paul and Peter provided useful insight on communication best practices that can be utilized as we approach hurricane season in order to ensure employee safety and improve business preparation. If you missed the webinar, you can access the recording here.

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When Lone Workers Should Flee Danger

When Lone Workers Should Flee Danger

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

Some professions are filled with unsung heroes, women and men who are on the front lines and in the trenches day in and day out. These roles often demand that workers venture out on their own into dangerous neighborhoods and environments.

Employers are essentially asking their people to confront the possibility of harm with bravery and resolve. But there comes a time when a lone worker has to prioritize their own safety over the demands of the job.

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Three Steps to Integrating Cybersecurity With Business Continuity

Three Steps to Integrating Cybersecurity With Business Continuity

Originally published on Agility Recovery’s blog.

With cyber threats like ransomware routinely interrupting business operations around the globe, cybersecurity is not just an IT problem — it’s a business risk that needs to be accounted for in the business continuity plan.

But how do you go about doing that?

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Five Ways to Thwart a Cybersecurity Nightmare

Five Ways to Thwart a Cybersecurity Nightmare

Originally published on Agility Recovery’s blog.

Employees of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center received a nasty surprise on February 5 when they discovered that a hacker had infiltrated the network and taken the computer systems hostage using ransomware. In exchange for the decryption key, the hacker demanded 40 bitcoins, which is approximately $17,000. In the interest of restoring the network quickly, the CEO decided to pay the ransom.

The hospital reported that patient care wasn’t compromised, but the incident is yet another example of the sobering prevalence and potential impact of cybersecurity threats.

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Eye of the Storm: How to Keep Your Employees Calm During a Hurricane

Eye of the Storm: How to Keep Your Employees Calm During a Hurricane

Image credit: Andy Baron

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

A major storm system swirls together in the Atlantic. Over 48 hours, it rapidly intensifies into a Category 4 beast with sustained wind speeds of 130 mph. Forecasters warn that the hurricane will unleash catastrophic damage. It’s moving due west and your state is directly in its path.

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How Automated Notifications Can Ease the Stress of Emergency Communication

How Automated Notifications Can Ease the Stress of Emergency Communication

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog

 

It’s hard to escape the debate about automation nowadays. We hear about a new case almost every day. McDonald’s is replacing their cashiers with kiosks; Amazon plans to man their warehouses with robots; self-driving cars are just around the corner. With equal frequency come the arguments for or against automation. We aren’t prepared for the fallout. It’s actually not a threat at all. It is a threat, but an exaggerated one.

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How A Lone Worker Safety Program Can Benefit Your Organization

How A Lone Worker Safety Program Can Benefit Your Organization

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog

 

Employee safety is a top concern for any organization. Employers have a duty of care obligation to keep their people safe, and employees need peace of mind that their organization is not going to put them in harm’s way.

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