Are You Doing Enough to Keep Your Lone Workers Safe?

By | Safety and Security

Lone Worker Safety – What Does it Mean?

Not every employee has the benefit of working with peers. Some are lone workers who do their jobs alone or with little interaction from coworkers. Contractors, field workers, home health care nurses, social workers, realtors and fleet drivers are just a few examples of lone workers. It is estimated that Canada, the United States and Europe have 53 million lone workers combined; approximately 15 percent of the overall workforce. IDC estimates 1.3 billion people are considered mobile workers, many of whom work alone all or part of their day. Read More

business travel in the winter

How to Manage Business Travel Risks in the Winter

By | Safety and Security

The scene is all too familiar to most business travelers. You’re sitting at the airport gate, not sure whether it’s worth pulling out your laptop again. Your flight’s been delayed by an hour at this point. The last update from the gate agent said the flight would be leaving any minute now, but you doubt it. The plane hasn’t even arrived at the gate yet. You’re not sure whether to reschedule meetings the next day and book another night at a hotel, or if you should wait it out.

This is any business traveler’s worst nightmare. During the winter—when blizzards and high winds make travel even more unpredictable—this scenario is all too common.

This blog will examine business travel risks in the winter—plus what you can do about those threats. By taking a few specific steps, you can minimize the headache for your employees and maximize your business efficiency. Read More

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Keep Traveling Employees Safe with Emergency Weather Alerts

By | Safety and Security

No one ever plans to be stranded in a snowstorm or threatened by a hurricane. Despite predictions by meteorologists, weather seems to have a mind of its own. Due to the unpredictability of mother nature, you must be prepared to react quickly when bad weather strikes. This becomes especially challenging when you are dealing with business travelers–who are likely traveling to a location with completely different weather threats than their your primary office. By equipping traveling employees with emergency weather alerts, you can ensure that they have the most up to date information available. Read More

Winter webinar recap

[Webinar Recap] Winter Weather Hazards: How to Prepare and Protect Your Business

By | Emergency Management

At the beginning of December, AlertMedia conducted a webinar on how to prepare and protect businesses from winter weather hazards.

Paul Yura, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service, and Peter Steinfeld, VP of Sales at AlertMedia, explored the impacts of severe weather and provided tips on how to effectively prepare businesses for winter weather events through effective communication and technology. Below we have compiled a summary of the main points discussed with our webinar audience last week. Read More

winter safety tips for the workplace

5 Important Winter Workplace Safety Tips

By | Emergency Management

Some view winter weather as a welcome excused absence from work or school. Others must still find their way into the office. What they don’t want to encounter on their way are slick sidewalks, power outages, or the worst – inching your way through icy gridlock only to learn after they’ve battled the weather that the office is, in fact, closed. “Sorry,” simply won’t suffice. Read More

Close Protection

Technological Alternatives to Close Protection

By | Safety and Security

Full suits. Dark sunglasses. Talking in hushed tones. Everyone knows the stereotypical image of a bodyguard. Although this specific image is only a cliché reinforced by movies and television shows, there is some truth to it.

Close protection is a massive industry. Today, there are upwards of 20 million private security workers worldwide. In most countries (including the US), private security outnumbers the police force. Experts expect the industry to grow to $240 billion by 2020.

But who uses close protection—and is it the right choice for your organization? The reality is: close protection is a luxury best reserved for very specific situations. For most organizations, there are better ways to keep your people safe. In particular, new technologies that have emerged in recent years make protecting your employees easier than ever before. Read More

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Four Steps To Prepare Your Business For Winter

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

Winter may conjure up imagery suitable for a Norman Rockwell painting: sitting by the fire with a hot drink in hand, enjoying the twinkling lights and decorations, and watching through the window as snowflakes drift lazily through the air. But the reality is that the business impact of winter weather is anything but idyllic.

The economic impact of a simple snowstorm can be upwards of $1 billion. And it’s not just companies in the path of those epic nor’easters that need to take heed. Last winter, unusually cold weather as far south as Florida even caused several theme parks to close. Read More