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
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
“All too often, lives are shattered unnecessarily because of poor working conditions and inadequate safety systems. Let me encourage everyone to join in promoting safety and health at work. It is not only sound economic policy, it is a basic human right.”
–Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
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
“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
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
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
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
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
AlertMedia: Third Best Place to Work in Austin!
We’re honored to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the Austin Business Journal for our third year in a row. Below is a quick review of our history with the Austin Business Journal’s yearly awards: Read More