Think about how different things were for your business (and the world) earlier this year—before COVID-19 became a household name. Face masks were worn only by medical practitioners, “social distancing” was more likely to be the name of an obscure punk band than a mainstream phenomenon, and sports stadiums were packed with cheering fans. As recently as October 2019, a survey found that 44% of businesses did not allow remote work at all. Of course, then most employees weren’t juggling work schedules at the same time as overseeing distance learning and coping with concerns about their personal safety and health. Needless to say, 2020 has necessitated more than its fair share of change and adaptation.
The word “emergency” often conjures up visions of sirens and flashing lights, but the most common business emergencies are less obvious.
The majority of business leaders understand the importance of being prepared for traditional emergencies, such as fires, natural disasters, floods, workplace accidents, and acts of violence. But there are many other disruptive events that have the potential to impact your people and operations. In this post, we’ll discuss other business-critical situations that can be just as detrimental to your organization as a traditional emergency and how a modern emergency communication solution can help you mitigate risk.
How often do any of us pick up a phone to make a call anymore when we can just send a quick text instead? It’s no surprise that 292 million Americans—roughly 80 percent of the population—use text messages to communicate. In the age of instant communication, text messages are the norm. They’re fast, convenient, and easy.
To communicate with employees, software that allows you to send bulk text messages may seem like a great solution. After all, many businesses successfully use text messaging software to market to and stay connected with their customers. But when you need to communicate critical, time-sensitive information to employees, one-way text blasts just aren’t the way to go.
Wildfires are one of the most unpredictable natural disasters out there.
Unlike hurricanes or winter storms, they are impossible to forecast ahead of time. They can start up in an instant—after a lightning strike, unattended campfire, or a gender reveal party gone wrong. Researchers estimate that 85% of wildfires are human-caused.
To top it off, wildfires spread extremely quickly—up to and exceeding 10 miles per hour. In just a few hours, a fire that starts off very small can engulf wide swaths of land. Read More
One of the biggest challenges a business faces during a wildfire is communication. Wildfires can grow from a small brush fire into an inferno that engulfs thousands of acres in only a matter of hours.
As a result, officials must be on their toes and have the right technology, processes, and training in place to ensure those in harm’s way are given the information they need to protect themselves and their loved ones at a moment’s notice. Read More
In mid-August, AlertMedia hosted a webinar on HR’s role in keeping employees safe. The conversation was held between John Muller, Director of Talent at Gehring Group, Sandra Stolte, VP of HR Benefits and Operations at Healthgrades, and Peter Steinfeld, AlertMedia’s SVP of Sales.
“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
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 will often still 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
Everyone knows the old saying: failing to plan is planning to fail. Although it may be overused, when it comes to emergency preparedness, that quote is spot on. Having an emergency preparedness communications plan is critical if you want to keep your employees safe. As an organization, if a critical event arises, you must be able to respond immediately with confidence. You need a plan that puts you in a position to do that.
Emergencies and critical events can range from terrorist attacks to fires, snowstorms to power outages, network cyber-attacks to fast-spreading pandemics. You need an emergency communications plan that is versatile enough to apply to a wide variety of potential threats, while remaining detailed, and easy-to-use. A well-thought-out, simple, step-by-step emergency communications plan—with room for flexibility—is a key asset in incident response and business continuity. Read More