The definition of emergency is “a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.” The key word here is “unexpected.” You can’t predict emergencies–but you can still plan for them if you understand your most likely threats. One crucial part of this planning process is creating emergency notification message templates. After all, even if you don’t know the exact nature or time of the next threat, you can be sure that you will be communicating with your employees. Having emergency notification message templates saves you precious time and bandwidth which you can allocate to more pressing needs. Read More
An emergency notification system empowers organizations to keep their people safe, informed, and connected through relevant, streamlined notifications during a critical event. Emergency notification systems automate and deliver messages so you can quickly and easily communicate with, or engage, your audience from anywhere, at any time, using any device. Your emergency notification system should monitor threats for you, assist you in identifying who might be impacted by a threat so you can effectively communicate, and ultimately help you improve outcomes. Read More
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 alone. Lone worker safety monitoring ensures that even though your lone workers are unaccompanied, they are never truly alone.
Everyone knows the old saying: failing to plan is planning to fail. Although it may be overused, when it comes to emergency preparedness, that quote is spot on. Having an emergency preparedness communications plan is critical if you want to keep your employees safe. As an organization, if a critical event arises, you must be able to respond immediately with confidence. You need a plan that puts you in a position to do that.
Emergency events can range from terrorist attacks to fires, snow storms to power outages, network cyber-attacks to tornadoes. You need an emergency communications plan that is versatile enough to apply to a wide variety of potential threats, while remaining detailed and clear. A well-thought-out, simple, step-by-step emergency communications plan—with room for flexibility—is a key asset in incident response and business resiliency management. Read More
We like to think of the winter scenes we may see on a holiday card–peaceful, joyful, beautiful, and full of cheer. While this may be partly true, it’s more likely to be chaotic, with a few Grinches sprinkled in for good measure. And when it comes to work productivity during the winter months, it can be an even bleaker scene. That’s why we’ve compiled a few tips to improve your productivity this winter season.
Winter storms have a history of wreaking havoc on the economy. After a 2015 New England winter storm, economists calculated the hit to the economic output was a staggering $1.25 billion. Most of that productivity loss if from workers simply not being able to get to work due to poor road conditions. Of course, they’ll eventually make up the work. But if you don’t have the right plan in place, it can take much longer to get your feet back under you. Read More
Whether you have Event Pages or are interested in learning more about them, we want to help you understand how Event Pages work in certain scenarios. Once you see them in action, you can probably come up with many more ways they can benefit your organization. Read More
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
Although spring and summer bring with them their own weather problems, including wildfires and hurricanes, winter can be especially nasty. While a fire or hurricane can threaten business continuity for several days, winter storms can stretch on for weeks–even months. We pulled the following common winter dangers straight from NOAA:
- Wind – Some winter storms have extremely strong winds that can create blizzard conditions with blinding, wind-driven snow, drifting, and dangerous wind chills. These intense winds can bring down trees and poles, and cause damage to homes and other buildings.
- Snow – Heavy snow accumulations can immobilize a region, strand motorists, stop the flow of supplies, and disrupt emergency services. Buildings may even collapse, and trees and power lines can be destroyed by heavy snow.
- Ice – Ice-covered roads make for dangerous driving conditions. Car wrecks can bring down objects like trees, utility poles, and communication towers. Winter can disrupt power for days before utility companies can repair the damage.
While 86 percent of companies have an emergency communications plan in place, a plan is only as good as the technology that supports it.
Unfortunately, many of the systems companies use today to communicate with employees during emergencies are outdated or clunky. And they lack the capabilities needed to meet the needs of the modern workforce. Read More
NOAA recently released their 2018 hurricane predictions and the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are expected to have a near- or above-normal season. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said, “The devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrated the necessity for prompt and accurate hurricane forecasts.” The same could be said about communications.
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. Read More