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risk intelligence

Risk Intelligence: How to Boost Your Company’s “RQ”

By | Emergency Management

Whether you know yours or not, everyone knows what IQ is. A high IQ score can be a source of bragging rights, or a qualification for membership in societies like Mensa. The lesser-known sibling of IQ is EQ, or “Emotional Quotient,” which is a measure of emotional intelligence.

What you might not have heard of before, though, is RQ—a measure of risk intelligence. Unlike IQ or EQ, RQ measures the “Risk Quotient” of organizations, not individuals. In this article, we will discuss what risk intelligence is and how you can boost your company’s RQ. 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

business threat assessment

Four Steps to Conduct a Business Threat Assessment

By | Emergency Management

If there’s one thing that is certain in business, it’s uncertainty. No matter how foolproof your project plan is, or how airtight your corporate strategy is, you will be forced to confront uncertain situations. To put it simply: you need to be ready for the wide array of threats that can impact operations and employee safety.

This is where business threat assessment comes in. Although you cannot predict which threats will impact your locations and assets, a business threat assessment ensures that you will be prepared for whichever threats do arise.

You can never completely eliminate risks and threats, but you can bring them to a level that is acceptable to your organization.

Here are the four steps your organization should take: Read More

all hazards approach

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

Travel Safety Map

The Three Types of Travel Safety Map

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

Everyone has heard the saying: “Seeing is believing.” Of course, there are some limits to that sentiment, but the basic idea is simple. It’s easier to wrap your head around something when you can view it with your own two eyes.

That is the key advantage of a travel safety map. Instead of just having someone tell you about the threats associated with different areas, you can see them for yourself. Although there are several different types of travel safety maps, they all share the same basic idea. Every travel safety map displays visually the risks associated with different areas. Read More

Winter webinar recap

[Webinar Recap] Winter Weather Hazards: How to Prepare and Protect Your Business

By | Emergency Management

At the beginning of December, AlertMedia conducted a webinar on how to prepare and protect businesses from winter weather hazards.

Paul Yura, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service, and Peter Steinfeld, VP of Sales at AlertMedia, explored the impacts of severe weather and provided tips on how to effectively prepare businesses for winter weather events through effective communication and technology. Below we have compiled a summary of the main points discussed with our webinar audience last week. Read More

winter safety tips for the workplace

5 Important Winter Workplace Safety Tips

By | Emergency Management

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