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.

Library Active Shooter Incident in Clovis, NM

While mass shooting attacks in public places, offices, and on K–12 schools and college campuses are frequently in the news and more visible, a recent shooting at a city library offers a reminder of how these public facilities are vulnerable, because they can’t really pick their customers.

Preparing Your Business for Wildfires

California’s drought may be over, but the wildfire risk is far from past. As temperatures rose last week, fire danger rose as well. A fire that broke out in Sun Valley around 1:30 p.m. on Friday had burned three homes by Saturday morning and prompted an evacuation order for areas around Los Angeles. By the […]

New NIOSH Software Focuses on Emergency Responder Health

Talk about timely. With extensive recovery efforts under way across the country, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is offering a new software platform called ERHMS Info Manager®. Its purpose, according to NIOSH, is to track and monitor emergency response and recovery worker activities during all phases of response following a natural […]

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 […]

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.

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.