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Workplace Violence: A Look Beyond the Numbers

Sadly, all you need to do is turn on the nightly news to see yet another instance of workplace violence. While it’s easy to push aside news of these incidents with the justification, “It can’t/won’t happen here,” the fact is that workplace violence can and does happen to unsuspecting organizations—and often for no immediately discernable […]

Plan, Train, Practice, Repeat

We cannot emphasize this enough when it comes to the familiarization and operation of your One Call Now System. If the recent events in Hawaii (missile warning) and the East Coast (tsunami warning) have taught us one thing it is that training and practice is necessary. One Call Now was not a part of either […]

10 Things All Emergency Evacuation Plans Should Do

The initial moments surrounding an emergency event are crucial. After all, if your facility is deemed unsafe, would you rather spend your limited time trying to figure out how to react when the clock is ticking down, or would you rather immediately commence with a predetermined evacuation plan? While this may seem on the surface like […]

Is Your Nonprofit Ready for a Crisis?

Bad things happen to good people. They also happen to good organizations. They can even happen to YOUR organization. Unfortunately, not only are nonprofits just as vulnerable to catastrophe as other types of organizations, but they may be more vulnerable to dire consequences afterwards. Read on for more about one major thing you can do […]

A Cyber Attack May be Headed Your Way: Are You Ready?

On October 21, 2016, the U.S. was the victim of a massive, malicious and blindsiding assault—without a foreign machine gun, grenade launcher or tank so much as touching American soil. How is that possible? Because we’re not talking not about a physical attack, but about a cyber attack. And here’s the worst part: While this […]

What Business Threats are on the Horizon?

Recently the Business Continuity Institute, in conjunction with BSI, a business consulting organization, released a report summarizing the threats that business professionals are most concerned about. The 2016 Horizon Scan Report makes it clear that the landscape of threats is constantly changing.  Do your concerns match this year’s list? Cyber threat the top concern Cyber […]

What All Organizations Need to Know about Active Shooter Events

Not only are active shootings equal opportunity threats to organizations and their constituents, but they’re also on the rise. The horrifying attack in Orlando earlier this month underscored the vital need for all organizations to amp up their own efforts to plan and prepare for active shooter scenarios in their own workplaces and communities. Let’s […]

Dealing with a Crisis: Planning and Execution are Key

THINKING BEYOND THE PLAN… A finely-tuned execution makes a good plan great! The midst of a crisis is not the time to figure out what works and what doesn’t. People will be caught off guard. Some will panic. In most instances, there will be chaos and confusion. Dealing effectively with crises, demands leadership, planned responses and […]

The Vacation Planning Guide to Emergency Notification

The grass is green. The days are longer. The school year is over, or winding down. It’s the time of year many people begin thinking about summer vacations. Business continuity professionals are, of course, no exception. So, how can you, a person responsible for mission critical resiliency plans and emergency notification programs, really relax (at […]

Part IV – Workplace Violence: Making Communication Count During a Crisis

In the first segment of our four-part blog on workplace violence, we detailed the financial cost to Virginia Tech following the campus massacre which killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in 2007. What we didn’t mention? The determination by a state panel following the shooting that had an alert been issued earlier or classes […]