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Amanda Hagley

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Preparing for Winter Weather During a Pandemic [Webinar Recap]

By | Safety and Security

On November 10, AlertMedia hosted its second “Coffee with an Expert” event—a live Q&A session on preparing for winter weather during the pandemic. The webinar was led by Jason Franklin and Paul Yura—meteorologists with the National Weather Service—who were joined by Peter Steinfeld, SVP of Safety Solutions at AlertMedia.

Paul and Jason began the discussion by sharing this year’s winter forecast and answering audience-submitted questions about the obstacles businesses are facing during this uniquely challenging season. The overarching theme of this discussion was how to ensure the physical and mental wellbeing of employees during the winter. If you missed the Q&A, you can access the recording here.

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3 Steps to Creating an Effective Emergency Response Plan

By | Emergency Management

Think about how different things were for your business (and the world) earlier this year—before COVID-19 became a household name. Face masks were worn only by medical practitioners, “social distancing” was more likely to be the name of an obscure punk band than a mainstream phenomenon, and sports stadiums were packed with cheering fans. As recently as October 2019, a survey found that 44% of businesses did not allow remote work at all. Of course, then most employees weren’t juggling work schedules at the same time as overseeing distance learning and coping with concerns about their personal safety and health. Needless to say, 2020 has necessitated more than its fair share of change and adaptation.

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Rethinking Disruptive Events: Is it Urgent or an Emergency?

By | Emergency Management

The word “emergency” often conjures up visions of sirens and flashing lights, but the most common business emergencies are less obvious.

The majority of business leaders understand the importance of being prepared for traditional emergencies, such as fires, natural disasters, floods, workplace accidents, and acts of violence. But there are many other disruptive events that have the potential to impact your people and operations. In this post, we’ll discuss other business-critical situations that can be just as detrimental to your organization as a traditional emergency and how a modern emergency communication solution can help you mitigate risk.

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ANNOUNCING: The Employee Safety Podcast

By | Company

At AlertMedia, we believe that maintaining employee safety during critical events starts with being prepared—knowing what to expect when the unexpected happens and being able to use that knowledge to change outcomes.

In support of that mission, we are thrilled to announce we are launching our first podcast: The Employee Safety Podcast!

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Understanding the Impact of California AB 685 on Emergency Communication

By | Communications

Organizations and governments around the world continue to wrestle with the uncertainty and challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. One such challenge is determining how and when organizations should communicate with employees when colleagues, or other individuals in the workplace, become ill or learn they have tested positive for COVID-19.

As a result, federal and state officials are actively working to clarify when and how employers must notify employees when there is a known exposure risk to both reduce confusion and establish workplace safety protocols consistent with the OSHA guidelines. As one example, the California state legislature recently passed new legislation establishing a statewide standard for how employers must handle workplace incidents involving employees with confirmed COVID-19 cases.
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Thinking Beyond the Simple Text Blaster

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

How often do any of us pick up a phone to make a call anymore when we can just send a quick text instead? It’s no surprise that 292 million Americans—roughly 80 percent of the population—use text messages to communicate. In the age of instant communication, text messages are the norm. They’re fast, convenient, and easy.

To communicate with employees, software that allows you to send bulk text messages may seem like a great solution. After all, many businesses successfully use text messaging software to market to and stay connected with their customers. But when you need to communicate critical, time-sensitive information to employees, one-way text blasts just aren’t the way to go.
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