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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 […]

Why Accurate, Timely Messages are Crucial During an Emergency

Emergency notification systems through email and phone have become an integral part of instant messaging. Colleges send out text messages warning students of serious incidents on campus, local authorities send out severe weather alerts, and police often send messages to those who have signed up to receive information during community emergencies. While the number of […]

Does Your Organization Have an Inclement Weather Plan?

Put yourself in your employee’s shoes for a moment. You wake up in the morning to snow that has been steadily falling for the past few hours. You check Facebook and see that your friends complaining about icy roads and walkways. The Weather Channel says several more inches are anticipated throughout the day. You are supposed to report […]

Hurricane Matthew: What Went Wrong?

When Hurricane Matthew swept through the Southeastern United States earlier this month, it left behind extensive debris, thousands without power, and many people living in shelters. In North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, meanwhile, a total of 17 people lost their lives. Today’s storm forecast models are more advanced than ever before. So how […]

Why FEMA is Taking a Stand on Flooding and Why You Should, Too

Just how much of a threat is flooding? FEMA has proposed setting limits to federally funded construction projects in order to shore up flood-prone communities from the hazards of flooding. Let’s take a closer look at the situation and FEMA’s response, along with other ways organizations and individuals can protect themselves in a flood situation. […]

Three Top Tips for Increasing Organizational Cyber Security Awareness

Just how important is cyber security awareness in today’s digital age? An entire, month-long observation has been dedicated to shining the spotlight on this hot button issue. But raising awareness about cyber security can be easier said than done—especially when many people mistakenly assume the onus lies entirely with IT. As we approach October’s National […]

Five Ways to Ensure Important Messages Get The Attention They Deserve

If yours is like most organizations, employees are overwhelmed with disruptive communication from instant messaging programs, email, phone calls and app notifications. How likely is it that employees might miss an important message such as a security alert sent through your notification service?  If the answer is “very” then read on. The following are five […]

Plan the Test, Test the Plan

If your organization has an Emergency Notification Service (ENS) in place, it’s already taken an important step toward communicating faster and more effectively in critical situations. But, if the solution is not routinely “touched,” or better yet, tested, you could still be at risk in an actual emergency. Consider the following recommendations from One Call […]

Workplace Violence: A Look at the Numbers

Earlier this year 38-year-old Cedric Larry Ford killed four and wounded 14 others in a chaotic workplace shooting spree in Kansas. Investigators at the time were unclear of the shooter’s motive—only that there were “some things that triggered this particular individual.” While it’s easy to push aside news of these incidents with the justification, “It […]