Joseph Priestly, an 18th-century theologian, once said “The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.” I wondered what he would make of today’s world where social media, texting, Voice over IP, two-way radios, mobile phones, Wi-Fi, mass notification and more stream across our airwaves. Nowadays, our ability to instantly communicate with one […]
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.
A well-constructed hazard assessment is one of the most important tools for preventing workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. They help analyze potential situations to determine the risks they pose, and provide security teams with the data to decide how best to contain and control those risks. Unfortunately, one increasingly common hazard has thus far defied […]
As National Preparedness Month draws to a close, we hope that you’ve given the appropriate amount of thought to your workplace’s readiness. A top official with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says certain elements of preparedness tend to be forgotten. Which ones? Find out here.
It’s now more imperative than ever that every employer develop and deploy a comprehensive and effective workplace violence action plan, given that the average workplace is now 18 times more likely to experience an incident of workplace violence than a fire, and active shooter scenarios are becoming much more likely.
Preparedness is prevention when it comes to injuries, but unfortunately not every company has proven itself up to the task. Read on to see how one company dropped the ball in more ways than one so that you can avoid making the same mistakes at your facility.
In addition to the safety of occupants with business continuity an ever increasing issue, protection from fire is an integral aspect in reducing downtime at any facility. An understanding of why you need both fire prevention and fire protection can reduce hazards and maintain safety.
Consider for a moment, what’s your worst-case scenario? Fire? Explosion? Flood? If you’re just thinking of the disaster itself, you’re not thinking broadly enough: the true worst-case scenario is a disaster for which your facility and your workers are completely unprepared.
The use of tabletop exercises for your security team will require time away from their jobs to do it well. But by putting them into unique, unfamiliar, and even seemingly unlikely situations, in the safety of the training environment, you can learn collectively and finetune the outcomes for use in a real situation.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recognizes each September as National Preparedness Month. This is the perfect time to make sure that not only your household is prepared for disaster but also that your workplace is as well. If your organization does not have plans such as these in place already, follow these steps to begin […]
It’s September, which means that National Preparedness Month (NPM) is in full swing. The National Safety Council (NSC) uses this time to generate awareness of how you can prepare yourselves and families for any disaster that could impact your businesses, homes, and communities. The NPM theme for the month is Prepared, Not Scared.