Category: Emergency Preparedness

“It could never happen here” is not an acceptable attitude when it comes to emergency preparedness. Security professionals must be ready to work alongside other employees within the organization in the event of workplace accidents, medical emergencies, natural disasters, or incidents of violence.

10 Hurricane Preparedness Tips

We are right in the middle of hurricane season, which officially occurs from June 1 until November 30. It’s important for businesses that could be in the path of a storm to review their emergency preparations and take proper security measures. If you haven’t already done so, take these 10 essential steps to make sure […]

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Getting the Word Out to Everyone in an Emergency

Mass notification systems utilize a number of integrated communication devices and software to alert building occupants about a potentially dangerous situation and facilitate the proper action and response. They represent a very beneficial added layer of life safety protection.

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Take Our Workplace Violence Prevention Quiz

Do you know the facts about preventing workplace violence? Can you take the right steps to reduce the risk to your employees and respond in a violent situation? Take the quiz and find out. This short, 10-question quiz was created with help from Attorney Kathleen M. Bonczyk. Bonczyk is the founder of the interdisciplinary Workplace […]

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In California, Droughts End but Floods Begin

After years of drought, parts of California have experienced near-record precipitation in 2017. In the mountains, that means snow—and the Sierra Nevada has had so much snow this year that some ski resorts are planning to stay open until August. In addition, the cool spring delayed the onset of snowmelt, meaning that rivers are higher […]

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Look Out for Black Swans … and Swiss Cheese

So-called “black swan” events are those with low probability but high consequence, and they pose a unique challenge for security, emergency, and safety professionals. See what two experts had to say about “swiss cheese” systems that can precipitate such an event and how the holes in these systems can be patched.

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Crisis Management Responses Demand the Six C’s

In a crisis situation at your facility, you will react as you have been organized and trained to do. Knowing what to do can be the difference between chaos and calm, or even life and death. A crisis can happen anytime, anywhere, to any organization, and while some may be predictable, others come on unannounced.

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Orlando Workplace Shooting Involved Ex-Employee

A 45-year-old former employee of an Orlando, Florida awning company returned to the factory that had fired him this past April and killed five people and then himself. John Neumann, Jr. was armed with a semiautomatic handgun when he entered the facility and began shooting on June 5, 2017.

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Often-Ignored Emergency Preparedness Practices

Severe weather, power outages, or other workplace emergencies can occur anywhere and at any time. How well prepared are you? A top official with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says certain elements of preparedness tend to be forgotten. Which ones? Find out here.

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