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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

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Beat Hurricane Season with Emergency Notification Templates

By | Emergency Management

NOAA recently released their 2020 hurricane predictions and the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are expected to have an above-normal season. The well-respected team of hurricane forecasters from Colorado State agree—predicting a season that is 50% more severe than average, when it comes to major hurricanes. When you add in the uncertainty and disruption caused by the pandemic, the end result is a hurricane season that could be unprecedented in its potential for destruction.

As businesses and organizations craft their hurricane preparedness plans, it is vital to business continuity and employee safety that hurricane communications are relevant and can be sent rapidly as conditions change. The fastest way to ensure every employee receives the right message at the right time is to utilize hurricane notification templates. Modern emergency communications solutions will provide templates that companies can send across all communication channels, including email, text, push notifications and phone calls. Read More

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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

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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

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How Businesses Can Prepare for Hurricane Season

By | Emergency Management

Preparedness is everyone’s responsibility.

– Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The 2020 hurricane season is quickly approaching. Early preparation is the smartest way to ensure business continuity and protect employees.

While the full hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, building an early plan of action helps businesses craft emergency hurricane communications ahead of time, map out their evacuation routes, and brace for impact. Developing a plan well before a storm arrives also gives employers and their people much-needed peace of mind. Read More

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Preparing for Hurricane Season During a Pandemic

By | Emergency Management

The pandemic has a certain way of putting things in perspective. Worries that seemed so important just a few months ago seem trivial today. Businesses have been forced to conjure up a new (and all too real) meaning of the word “resiliency.”

But as companies start to settle into the new normal, they must acknowledge another reality. Some of the concerns that generated the most anxiety and preparation a year ago are still relevant today—and must still be addressed. Life goes on in the midst of the pandemic, and organizations need to make sure they are not caught flat-footed by the yearly threats that seem less important in the present circumstances.

One of those threats? Hurricane season. Every year around this time, companies start to review their hurricane plans and protocols, looking for minor tweaks and improvements to make things go a bit more smoothly than the year before. 

The problem is, this isn’t just any hurricane season. The pandemic will make it more tempting to push hurricane preparedness to the wayside, when in reality: the pandemic will make hurricane season even more difficult to prepare for than past years. Read More

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Preparing Your Business for Every Stage of a Pandemic

By | Emergency Management

The Coronavirus pandemic has created an unparalleled time of uncertainty. It seems that nothing can be taken for granted anymore—from basic human interaction to the supply of toilet paper.

Epidemiological forecasters have tried to satisfy this need for certainty by building models to predict the spread of the disease. But these models often tell very different stories and can be hard to digest. 

However, if one takes a step back and looks at pandemics broadly, there starts to be some agreement. Even though people disagree about when or how we should “reopen the economy,” just about everybody agrees on one thing: there are three stages of a pandemic. Let’s discuss what you can expect in each of those three stages, and how your business can prepare for every stage of a pandemic. Read More

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How to Create a COVID-19 Task Force

By | Emergency Management

As everyone is learning during the Coronavirus outbreak, pandemics are a unique type of threat. They last for months, provide new insights every week, and require organizations to adapt every day. With pandemics, it is more important than ever to be vigilant and proactive in your company’s response. 

To facilitate this agile response, many companies have decided to form central teams dedicated to pandemic response, known as COVID-19 task forces. Management experts like McKinsey and Company recommend this approach, because a small, central team is most likely to develop the creative, pragmatic solutions that a pandemic requires. 

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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