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Miriam Davila

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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

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5 Gaps in Your Lone Worker Safety Program [Webinar Recap]

By | Safety and Security

Last week AlertMedia hosted a webinar on Lone Worker Safety. The conversation was led by Penelope Doherty, former Texas DFPS Safety Support Manager, and Scott Ryder, AlertMedia’s Chief Product Officer.

Penelope and Scott discussed the importance of employee safety, how to define a safety program, common gaps in lone worker safety programs, and shared stories of lone workers who have effectively used AlertMedia’s SafeSignal product. If you missed the webinar, you can access the recording here. Read More

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How GSC Logistics Uses Emergency Communications to Keep Their Business Moving

By | Communications, Customers

Companies come in all shapes and sizes, but there are a few elements every organization has in common: people, meetings, money, and coffee. And, of course, every company deals with communication (which can often be a struggle). Communication is the fuel that keeps business moving.

This is especially true for organizations with a complex employee infrastructure like you’ll find in the transportation industry. By now we’ve all heard the term “logistics”—usually in commercials filled with sleek arrows shooting across maps and delivery trucks pulling up right on time. Read More

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Where There’s Smoke: Fire Risks in the Workplace

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were over 33,000 workplace fires from 2013–2017 totaling $1.5 billion in property loss. Understanding how a fire might originate is the first step organizations should take in protecting its people and assets.

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a completely fireproof facility. There are simply too many factors present to safeguard against every hazard. While workplace fires are sometimes out of an organization’s control, understanding risk will help dramatically reduce the likelihood a fire will occur. 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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The Fallout after Landfall: Hurricane Impact on Non-Coastal Businesses

By | Emergency Management

Most people are familiar with the brightly colored cone of a hurricane’s projected track on a radar map. Weather experts are able to pinpoint a storm’s trajectory with increasing accuracy as it approaches land. But it’s easy to forget that the damage a major hurricane unleashes can reach far beyond its initial point of impact.

Businesses and residents far inland feel the impact of major hurricanes, directly through wind damage and flooding or indirectly as the result of a disruption to shipping routes, commerce, and unforeseen issues. When evaluating potential hurricane damage to your business or residence, the narrow scope of a storm’s path can be misleading. Read More

Hurricane Preparedness Webinar

Hurricane Preparation [Webinar Recap]

By | Communications, Emergency Management

Last week AlertMedia hosted a webinar on hurricane preparation and the importance of employee communication. The conversation was led by Paul Yura, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service, and Peter Steinfeld, AlertMedia’s VP of Sales.

Paul and Peter provided useful insight on communication best practices that can be utilized as we approach hurricane season in order to ensure employee safety and improve business preparation. If you missed the webinar, you can access the recording here. Read More