The definition of emergency is “a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.” The key word here is “unexpected.” You can’t predict emergencies–but you can still plan for them if you understand your most likely threats. One crucial part of this planning process is creating emergency notification message templates. After all, even if you don’t know the exact nature or time of the next threat, you can be sure that you will be communicating with your employees. Having emergency notification message templates saves you precious time and bandwidth which you can allocate to more pressing needs. Read More
An emergency notification system empowers organizations to keep their people safe, informed, and connected through relevant, streamlined notifications during a critical event. Emergency notification systems automate and deliver messages so you can quickly and easily communicate with, or engage, your audience from anywhere, at any time, using any device. Your emergency notification system should monitor threats for you, assist you in identifying who might be impacted by a threat so you can effectively communicate, and ultimately help you improve outcomes. Read More
Preparing a business for the unknown requires a series of important steps to protect your employees and your operations. For many business owners, this foundation starts with an emergency plan and grows to include a business continuity plan, an inclement weather policy, and perhaps even a lone worker policy to keep employees safe.
So, you’ve made your emergency plans and identified the best people to lead your teams through each phase. Now, it’s time to practice with the low-cost but high-impact emergency planning event known as a tabletop exercise. 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.
Emergency events can range from terrorist attacks to fires, snow storms to power outages, network cyber-attacks to tornadoes. You need an emergency communications plan that is versatile enough to apply to a wide variety of potential threats, while remaining detailed and clear. A well-thought-out, simple, step-by-step emergency communications plan—with room for flexibility—is a key asset in incident response and business resiliency management. Read More
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
“Organized emergency” may seem like an oxymoron. Plenty of words come to mind when we think of emergencies, but “organized” is not typically one of them. For business emergencies though, it is critical that they are as organized as possible. To accomplish this, though, you need to know what steps to follow in an emergency.
When you are prepared, even an emergency can be orchestrated well enough to avoid chaos. One of the first things we’re told in a crisis is not to panic. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what many people do. Just saying “Remain calm!” is not enough–you need to be able to execute your emergency plan with a level of precision and decisiveness that tells your people that they can trust you and your preparedness. Read More
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
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
Some view winter weather as a welcome excused absence from work or school. Others must still find their way into the office. What they don’t want to encounter on their way are slick sidewalks, power outages, or the worst – inching your way through icy gridlock only to learn after they’ve battled the weather that the office is, in fact closed. “Sorry,” simply won’t suffice. Read More
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