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Andrew Allen

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Improving School Communication With a Mass Notification System

By | Communications

In today’s school environment, effective communication is a complex undertaking. The average public school in America has more than 500 students.  Meanwhile, colleges and universities can easily have upwards of tens of thousands of students. On top of that, the different members of a school community—students, faculty, staff members, and parents—tend to have wildly different communication preferences and behaviors. Read More

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Why Your Phone Tree is a Liability—And How to Avoid It

By | Communications

Remember the game “telephone?” One person starts by whispering to the person sitting beside them until the message reaches the end of the line. The sentence eventually becomes so jumbled it barely resembles the original.

This, essentially, is a phone tree. And if you can also recall from your childhood the laughter and chaos that would often ensue by the time that sentence reached the last person, you can probably infer that a phone tree isn’t exactly a sound strategy for delivering effective, timely emergency communications. Read More

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NFPA 1600: What It Is and Why You Need It

By | Emergency Management

Now is a great time to take a fresh look at your organization’s emergency management program. You should be identifying opportunities for improvement and developing strategies to address them in 2019. But that’s easier said than done, right? After all, building a comprehensive emergency management plan that can be applied uniformly to prepare for and respond to the wide range of hazardous and potentially disruptive events organizations today face—from IT outages and severe weather to natural disasters and terrorism—is no small task. Read More

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How to Prevent the Top 10 OSHA Violations

By | Safety and Security

Safety is the first priority for any company that seeks to protect employees and customers. Knowing the hazards that exist in workplace offices, equipment, and machinery is the first step toward preventing injury or even death.

The Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) publishes a list of its most frequently cited violations in the workplace. By examining this list, employers can analyze the dangers inherent in their workplaces and plan to avoid them. Read More

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How to Mitigate Workplace Violence

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

No business owner wants to think about a violent event happening at their workplace, but each year, more than 2 million American employees report having been a victim of various types of workplace violence. According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 409 workers were fatally injured in work-related attacks in 2014. To put that into perspective, that’s about 16 percent of the 4,821 workplace fatalities from the same year. Read More

Be Prepared for Anything: The All Hazards Approach

By | Emergency Management

The worst time to think about emergency planning is when the threat of an emergency looms over your business. When that happens, no business owner is glad they pushed off emergency planning “to Q1” or the hazy future: “We’ll get to that later.”

A better way for businesses to prepare is with the “all hazards” approach to emergency planning. The all hazards approach is defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as an “integrated approach to emergency preparedness planning that focuses on capacities and capabilities that are critical to preparedness for a full spectrum of emergencies or disasters.” Read More

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Addressing the Dangers Faced by Caregivers in the Field

By | Safety and Security

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, home health care employment will skyrocket through 2026, with hundreds of thousands of new jobs being added. The primary reason for this explosive growth: an aging population.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people in the United States over the age of 65 will nearly double from 2012 to 2050. While a big portion of this aging population will reside in senior care facilities, many will elect to live out the remainder of their lives in the comfort of their homes, thus needing critical services, such as home health care. Read More

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Why A Panic Button App Isn’t Enough

By | Safety and Security

Protecting workers is the most important thing a business can do—especially lone workers such as social workers, real estate agents, and home healthcare providers who may face unknown clients and dangerous situations on the job each day. That’s why using a panic button app for workers who may need extra support checks a lot of boxes for employers. These apps are convenient, inexpensive and low-tech. Read More

Is Your Business Prepared for Winter? [Webinar Recap]

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

Last week AlertMedia, in coordination with Continuity Insights, sponsored a webinar on the winter hazards that businesses face and the things businesses should do to prepare and respond. AlertMedia’s VP of Sales, Peter Steinfeld, a 15-year industry veteran, joined Paul Yura, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service. Each contributed their insights and experience to educate a packed audience on how to improve their business readiness for the coming winter. Here’s a recap of some of the highlights: Read More