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6 Best Practices for Building an Emergency Preparedness Communications Plan

By | Emergency Management

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

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5 Tips for Improved Productivity This Winter

By | Safety and Security

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

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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

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Manage Winter Storms with Event Pages

By | Communications, Customers

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.

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Beat Hurricane Season with Emergency Notification Templates

By | Emergency Management

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

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Hurricane Preparedness for Businesses

By | Emergency Management

Researchers predict we’re in store for another rough hurricane season. If previous years have taught us anything, it’s that these storms can quickly evolve in ways we can’t anticipate. You may not be able to control when or where a storm hits, but you can ensure your business is ready when it happens.

We put together a quick guide to help you prepare your business for hurricane season, particularly if you work along coastal areas. Effective hurricane preparation keeps your people safe, your business running, and limits the danger to and losses for your entire organization. Read More

How Communication Systems are Key to Hurricane Preparedness

By | Communications, Emergency Management

Hurricanes are fast, furious and can last for days. Are you prepared to effectively and efficiently communicate with your employees 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 to help mitigate losses and improve safety outcomes for your people Read More

AlertMedia Recognized As One of Ten IOT Start-ups To Watch

By | Company

We’re proud to announce that AlertMedia was recently named as one of the top 10 Internet-of-Things (IoT) start-ups to watch by Network World. The term “Internet-of-Things” refers to the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data.

Communication is the glue that ties all of the “things” together in the Internet-of-Things, so we have a very unique role to play. Many start-ups in this category might help these “things” communicate with each other, but AlertMedia takes the next step to help these things communicate with decision-makers and response teams. Read More