Business Travel Security Tips

4 Tips to Ensure Corporate Travel Security

By | Company, Emergency Management

Following the tragic 2015 Paris terror attacks, the Wall Street Journal published an article highlighting companies’ reassessments of travel security policies. One specific company impacted during the attacks was A.T. Kearney, a global management consultant with about 300 employees either working or traveling for business in the Paris area during the time. When they heard news of the attacks, the company immediately sent out a message to employees using their emergency notification system in an attempt to verify their location and status—but three days later, one employee still had not responded.

Managing Partner Johan Aurik checked the employee’s Facebook page and was relieved to find that the employee had just updated their picture with a French flag. Mr. Aurik learned a valuable lesson from the experience that we can all take away. Sending one message over one channel once just isn’t enough. Thankfully, in this case, the unresponsive employee ended up being alright. But waiting three days hoping to see some sign of life is not a situation any company wants to be in. Ensuring corporate travel safety requires comprehensive planning and a robust emergency communication system. Following these four tips will get your organization headed in the right direction.

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Run Hide Fight: Pros and Cons

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

In 2018 alone, 213 casualties resulted from active shooter events in the United States. No company ever wants to think about an active shooter event occurring at their workplace, but with the number of active shooter incidents on the rise, it is crucial for companies to have an active shooter response plan in place. Since at least 60% of active shooter events end before the police even arrive, teaching employees response strategies can help save many lives. In this blog post we evaluate the most common method taught in the United States: “Run, Hide, Fight.” Read More

The Hawaii National Guard Improves its Disaster Readiness With AlertMedia

By | Customers, Emergency Management

From active volcanoes to earthquakes and tsunamis, the islands of Hawaii are vulnerable to a wide variety of disasters. And in the event of a large-scale natural or man-made disaster, the soldiers of the Hawaii National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) team are ready to respond.

We spoke with SFC Bal, Jay Jovyryan, of the Hawaii National Guard to understand how AlertMedia’s emergency mass notification system helps them communicate with their volunteer guardsmen and improve their disaster readiness capabilities.
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Active Shooter Response Plan

What to put in your Active Shooter Response Plan

By | Company, Emergency Management

Most companies never want to think about the potential for an active shooter event at their workplace. The “it won’t happen here” mentality has resulted in many companies being unprepared to respond to a mass shooting event. In reality, more than half of all active shooter events—60%—occurred in the workplace in 2018. With no active shooter response plan, companies fail to provide their employees with the proper protection and safety. Read More

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A University’s Duty of Care: What You Need to Know

By | Safety and Security

Duty of care is one of the fastest-developing areas of law worldwide. Over the past five years, the United Kingdom and France have both passed laws that lay out specific guidelines for employers. Meanwhile in the United States, the courts have begun to widen the scope of who owes a duty of care. Most recently, the courts have taken up the question: what is a university’s duty of care to students? Read More

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5 Ways Interactive Maps Improve Emergency Alert Systems

By | Communications

Every business knows the pains of tracking their people and keeping them safe no matter their location. Gone are the days when email and text were adequate means of safeguarding employees and keeping tabs on their whereabouts. The answer: A reliable emergency notification system that’s equipped with functionality to pinpoint a worker’s exact location. But not all solutions are created equal. Read More

active shooter preparedness

Active Shooter Preparedness: 5 Steps Every Business Can Take

By | Safety and Security

It’s a scenario no business wants to think about: an active shooter or violent offender on the premises. An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. According to the FBI, these individuals do not necessarily have to yield a gun but could alternatively involve driving a car into a crowd. From 2000 to 2017, there were 250 active shooter incidents in the United States. These horrific acts of violence took place across many industries and geographic locations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016 alone saw 500 workplace homicides in the U.S. Read More

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What You Need to Know about Active Shooter Drills at Work

By | Safety and Security

It seems almost every month we hear of a new tragedy on the news. When we think of active shooter events, we typically think of schools, crowded bars, and outdoor concerts. The data, though, tells a slightly different story. In 2018, more than half of all active shooter events—60%—occurred in the workplace. Although no company wants to consider the potential for an active shooter incident at their workplace, taking the appropriate steps to prepare can save many lives. Read More

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How Lone Worker Safety Monitoring Can Transform Your Organization

By | Safety and Security

If your organization employs lone workers, we likely don’t need to tell you why lone worker safety is important. You probably have stories of your own. Working alone brings with it unique risks–so it’s critical that you implement safety measures to mitigate these risks. For most organizations, the first step will be implementing a lone worker safety app. But what capabilities should you be looking for in this app? By far, the most important is lone worker safety monitoring. The most dangerous part of any lone worker’s job is precisely that: they are aloneLone worker safety monitoring ensures that even though your lone workers are unaccompanied, they are never truly alone.

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How to Conduct a Fire Drill at Work

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

 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.

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