Lone Worker Risks

Lone Worker Risks: How to Protect Your People

By | Safety and Security
In January of 2014, a social worker in North Carolina began working with a male client. It became clear the client was resistant to her services—he was verbally aggressive on multiple occasions. For a home visit, she brought a peer with her as a safety measure. Despite this precaution, a confrontation occurred inside the client’s home, and he blocked the front door.

After a 15-minute ordeal, the social worker was able to maneuver her way out of the house. Unfortunately, the client lunged after her and shoved her off the front deck. Only later would she learn the extent of her injuries, both physical and emotional. Read More

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Beat Hurricane Season with Emergency Notification Templates

By | Emergency Management

NOAA recently released their 2019 hurricane predictions and the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are expected to have a near-normal season. Daniel Kaniewski, Ph.D., FEMA deputy administrator for resilience said, “It only takes one event to devastate a community so now is the time to prepare. Do you have cash on hand? Do you have adequate insurance, including flood insurance? Do you have communication and evacuation plans?” This is the time to consider these questions.

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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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 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

Hurricane Preparedness Webinar

Hurricane Preparation [Webinar Recap]

By | Communications, Emergency Management

Last week AlertMedia hosted a webinar on hurricane preparation 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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When Lone Workers Should Flee Danger

By | Safety and Security

Some professions are filled with unsung heroes, women and men who are on the front lines and in the trenches day in and day out. These roles often demand that workers venture out on their own into dangerous neighborhoods and environments.

Employers are essentially asking their people to confront the possibility of harm with bravery and resolve. But there comes a time when a lone worker has to prioritize their own safety over the demands of the job. Read More

Keep Employees Calm During a Hurricane

Eye of the Storm: 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 to a complete upheaval of ordinary life, these storms can be destructive, deadly, and result in long-term suffering. Read More

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How Automated Notifications Can Ease the Stress of Emergency Communication

By | Emergency Management

It’s hard to escape the debate about automation nowadays. We hear about a new case almost every day. McDonald’s is replacing their cashiers with kiosks; Amazon plans to man their warehouses with robots; self-driving cars are just around the corner. With equal frequency come the arguments for or against automation. We aren’t prepared for the fallout. It’s actually not a threat at all. It is a threat, but an exaggerated one.

One thing is for sure, though: automation is changing the way we live our lives. But should it change the way you communicate with your employees? Read More