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Miriam Davila

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Announcing: AlertMedia’s US-Based, 24/7 Emergency Hotline

By | Communications, Emergency Management

Unplanned emergencies, such as operational breakdowns, workplace violence, and systems outages can occur at any time–day or night. While many organizations have someone in charge of employee safety and business continuity, those people cannot be available 24/7 to initiate a response to every emergent threat and event.

Today, AlertMedia announced the formal launch of our 24/7 employee emergency hotline. This expanded offering provides organizations with a dedicated phone number their employees can use to seek help and quickly report emergencies and business-critical events—anywhere, any time.

After an initial rollout of this service received overwhelmingly positive feedback from companies like BPX Energy, SAC Wireless, and T2 Biosystems, we’re now expanding this offering to the rest of our market and customer base.  Read More

Lone Worker Risks

Lone Worker Risks: How to Protect Your People

By | Safety and Security
In January of 2014, a social worker in North Carolina began working with a male client. It became clear the client was resistant to her services—he was verbally aggressive on multiple occasions. For a home visit, she brought a peer with her as a safety measure. Despite this precaution, a confrontation occurred inside the client’s home, and he blocked the front door.

After a 15-minute ordeal, the social worker was able to maneuver her way out of the house. Unfortunately, the client lunged after her and shoved her off the front deck. Only later would she learn the extent of her injuries, both physical and emotional. Read More

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What to Look for in a Business Travel Safety App

By | Safety and Security

On September 23, 2019, over 150,000 travelers found themselves stranded at airports across the world. Thomas Cook, Britain’s oldest and most well-known travel agency, had suddenly gone out of business the night before—along with its fleet of 105 jets under the banner of Thomas Cook Airlines.

At midnight, the 178-year-old travel agency had failed to meet a deadline set by creditors and went into compulsory liquidation. Two minutes after midnight, its first jet to land was impounded at Manchester Airport. Many others would follow, at airports across the world. Read More

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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

active shooter drills at work

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

Workplace fire prevention tips

6 Workplace Fire Prevention Tips

By | Emergency Management

Organizations are vulnerable to a number of threats, both to their people and to their ability to maintain business continuity. From violent weather and natural disasters to power outages and acts of violence, an organization must deal with the pressure of preparing for the unexpected and protecting its people.

When it comes to a workplace fire incident, there are few scenarios more frightening. Read More

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By the Hour: How to Brace Your Business Throughout a Hurricane

By | Communications, Emergency Management

At the dawn of the 20th century, Galveston was arguably slated to become the largest city in Texas. A 27-mile long island rising a mere five feet above sea level, the bustling town had grown into the state’s central port. Numerous millionaires called it home, and downtown’s Strand District was dubbed the “Wall Street of the South.”

All of that changed on September 8, 1900.

With little warning and a lack of the communication technology we now have, a Category 4 hurricane slammed into the coast. Winds in excess of 140 mph battered homes and businesses. A storm surge over 15 feet high swallowed the island. By the following morning, the entire city was leveled. Read More

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What Employees Should Do In A Workplace Fire

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

When automatic detection systems trigger a general alarm, the occupant’s response is anything but automatic.

  • Guylène Proulx, SFPE Task Group on Human Behavior in Fire

A workplace fire can quickly become a nightmare scenario for any organization. One second, it’s business as usual. The next: an alarm is blaring, ceiling sprinklers have triggered, and employees are in a state of panic. Total chaos. Read More