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Emergency Management

Using a Wildfire Map to Protect Your Business

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security, Uncategorized

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

Communication Challenges During Wildfire Season

By | Communications, Emergency Management

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

HR’s Role in Employee Safety [Webinar Recap]

By | Communications, Emergency Management

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.

John and Sandra provided valuable insight on the ways that HR helps keep employees safe in their organizations. If you missed the webinar, you can access the recording here. Read More

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The Fallout after Landfall: Hurricane Impact on Non-Coastal Businesses

By | Emergency Management

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

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7 Best Practices for Building an Emergency Preparedness Communications Plan

By | Emergency Management

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

How to Keep Your Employees Calm During a Hurricane

By | Emergency Management

A major storm system swirls together in the Atlantic. Over 48 hours, it rapidly intensifies into a Category 4 beast with sustained wind speeds of 130 mph. Forecasters warn that the hurricane will unleash catastrophic damage. It’s moving due west and your state is directly in its path.

Panic.

There is plenty to fear for anyone facing a major hurricane. From personal injury to financial loss, these storms can be destructive, deadly, and result in long-term suffering. Read More

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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