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.

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Lifesaving Advice for Addressing Suicide in the Workplace

In the United States we remain in the midst of an opioid crisis and a suicide epidemic, on top of the pressures of the continuing global COVID-19 pandemic. Every year, approximately 47,000 Americans die by suicide. It is a preventable public health problem and one of the leading causes of death across all age groups.

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Where There’s Wildfire, There’s Smoke: Emergency Regulations in California Require Employers to Protect Workers from Wildfire Smoke

The destructive wildfires throughout California have resulted in the loss of life and property and are stretching the resources to fight them. As we progress into late summer and fall, the danger will continue. Everyone must take precautions and stay aware of weather conditions to prevent human-caused fires. This is also the time to ensure […]

Cars in parking lot flooded during Hurricane Harvey

Will You Be Ready When the Next Storm Strikes?

As a security leader,  it’s important to be ready for any emergency, and that includes preparing for weather emergencies. So, when that dreaded alert from the National Weather Service pops up on your computer or phone: “Area Flood Warning” predicting storm activity such as  high winds and heavy, sustained rainfall for your area, will your […]

Hurricanes Make Office Buildings Hard to Secure

With the arrival of hurricane season comes the potential for significant damage, loss of life, and housing and electrical power difficulties for those in their paths. While emergency management officials put most of their efforts toward helping residents, security practitioners still must protect their facilities, before, during, and after hurricanes.

Map: COVID-19 Cases, Plus Steps Your Organization Can Take

The COVID-19 outbreak is at top of mind for physical and cybersecurity professionals nationwide. Keep up with the current number of cases in your state with our interactive map, updated daily by our sister publication, the EHS Daily Advisor—and read on for steps your organization can take to help limit its exposure to, and disruption […]

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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Putting the Pieces Together: Speaking Up to Prevent Mass Shootings

Do you remember the parable of the blind men and the elephant? Each individual forms an incorrect conclusion about what an elephant is based on the limited information they have. The man touching the elephant’s tail concludes that an elephant is like a rope, while the man touching its tusk believed that the elephant was […]

Tree falls after Nor-easter storm and takes down a telephone pole with Transformer.

Preparing Employees for Natural Disasters

Worldwide, natural disasters were cited as the cause of 10,000 deaths. Many of those occurred while people were at work. In addition, research shows that the number of recorded natural disasters has continually increased over the past century. So, it’s still critical, perhaps now more than ever, that our facilities and employees are well-prepared for […]