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hr's role in safety

HR’s Role in Safety: How HR Wins With Effective Emergency Communication

By | Communications, Safety and Security

The COVID-19 crisis has fundamentally transformed the HR function and amplified the impact it can have on the business. As organizations around the world adapt to a new way of working and an evolving business landscape, the role of HR has never been more challenging—or more important.

One of HR’s core responsibilities is to implement human capital strategies that enable the organization to meet its current and future talent needs. But for any HR initiative or program to achieve its full potential—especially given our current circumstances—employee health and safety has to be at the top of HR’s agenda. Read More

hurricane emergency communications for business

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

hurricane communication plan

A Hurricane Communication Plan is Key to Being Prepared

By | Communications, Emergency Management

Hurricanes are fast, furious, and can last for days. Do you have a hurricane communication plan that you can use before, during, and after one hits?

The average life of a hurricane is nine days and it is most destructive during its first 12 hours onshore. As you think about preparing your business for a hurricane, you want to keep organizational communication top of mind. Doing so will help mitigate losses and improve safety outcomes. Read More

Hurricane Preparedness Webinar

Hurricane Preparation [Webinar Recap]

By | Communications, Emergency Management

In mid-May AlertMedia hosted a webinar on preparing for hurricane season during a pandemic 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

reopen your business

How and When to Reopen Your Business

By | Communications, Safety and Security

The decision of whether to reopen your business is weighing heavily on the minds of many leaders today. On the one hand, every company wants to keep their employees and customers safe. At the same time, many people and businesses are on the ropes because of the sudden closures caused by this pandemic.

Everyone wants to return to some semblance of “normal.” The questions are simply how and when. In this article, we will discuss both of those questions. We will start by discussing what your business needs to consider before deciding it’s time to reopen. Then we will discuss how to put that plan into action. Read More

How Our Customers are Using AlertMedia During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By | Communications, Customers

Right now, virtually every type of business is using AlertMedia to communicate with their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ability to communicate back-and-forth with their employees has become an integral part of these organizations’ pandemic response plans. Essential businesses like hospitals, grocery stores, restaurants, and manufacturing facilities are sending and receiving two-way messages to manage operational changes and dispatch critical updates about the pandemic to their employees. As far as non-essential businesses go, they are using our software to communicate about office closures, reopenings, and performing wellness checks on their teams. Read More

duty of care at work

Duty of Care at Work: Your Company’s Responsibility to Keep Employees Safe

By | Communications, Safety and Security

Duty of care—you might have heard the phrase tossed around by companies touting their dedication to their employees. You might just associate it with liability lawsuits and big payouts. But what exactly is it?

According to Collins Dictionary, duty of care is “the legal obligation to safeguard others from harm while they are in your care, using your services, or exposed to your activities.” Read More

business pandemic planning

Coronavirus Business Preparation: 5 Do’s and Don’ts

By | Communications, Emergency Management, Safety and Security

At this point, everyone has heard of Coronavirus. Every day, we hear new reports of how the disease is spreading, the impact it is having abroad, and what to expect going forward.

In the sea of information regarding Coronavirus, though, it can be hard to identify what your organization can do to prepare for the spread of the disease. In this post, we will discuss the practical steps you can take today to prepare your business for the Coronavirus. Read More

Location Based Alerts

Using Location Based Alerts in Emergency Situations

By | Communications, Emergency Management

When a business’s administrators are communicating with their employees during a crisis, it’s important they have all the tools necessary to ensure quick, accurate, and easy transmission of alerts. One of the most powerful tools included in modern mass communication systems is location-based alerts, which include GPS tracking, map views, and functions like geofencing.

Location is a primary factor in determining who is at risk in an emergency, so being able to receive and send that information is critical in a wide variety of events. Read More

emergency hotline monitoring

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