With Thanksgiving just a little over a month away, many are thinking about their travel plans, their dinner menus and their shopping strategies for the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday (November 26). They are considering the purchase of big ticket items, whether a new TV, laptop or smartphone, and they are looking for the best possible deals in stores and online.
Oct 13 2016
It’s time to put those flip-flops away once and for all. Because whether you like it or not, winter’s coming, and it looks like it might be a doozy. Let’s take a closer look—with a little help from the experts—at what weather to expect in the weeks and months ahead.
Oct 03 2016
When authorities zeroed in on suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection with recent bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey, they called on a formidable new force in the manhunt. We’re not talking about a branch of law enforcement or a covert Special Forces agency. We’re talking about millions of civilians with the unprecedented potential to aid in Rahami’s capture thanks to receiving real-time smart phone alerts aimed at harnessing their collective vigilance. Let’s take a closer look at this breakthrough technology, along with highlighting how community policing is transforming public safety.
Sep 28 2016
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.
Sep 21 2016
Did you know that the H5N1 avian influenza is currently thought to be the greatest pandemic threat?1 The Zika virus has also spread to 70 countries, with over 2,517 reported cases in the U.S. 2 And every year seasonal flu viruses threatens people and organizations throughout the world.
Sep 12 2016
Most Americans gave little thought to whether their drinking water was safe prior to this past spring. After all, it seemed only natural to rely on our country’s rigorous regulations to protect us from the dangers of unsafe drinking water. However, all of that changed with the Flint water crisis. But if you think that disaster was the exception not the rule, think again. Let’s take a closer look at the precarious state of the water infrastructure in this country, along with why communication is a critical part of safeguarding public health.
Sep 05 2016
When discussing emergency notification, most conversations typically focus (rightly) on outbound alerting capabilities (particularly telephone calls). While outbound alerting is clearly the most utilized functionality of a notification system, business continuity professionals should not overlook capabilities for inbound communications that can also be essential for informing people in a crisis. The ability for stakeholders to call into an automated system, navigate menus, and retrieve information could be an important addition to any notification strategy.
Sep 01 2016
Originally created by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month is observed each September. The awareness campaign encourages people to make preparations for emergency situations in their homes, businesses and communities.
Aug 31 2016
In the first moments of a crisis, timely communication can save lives, resources, and reputation. Unfortunately, it is often during these very moments that critical lines of communication are cut off, making contact more difficult than ever.
Aug 17 2016
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 Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), the following three tips can help you overcome the obstacles, increase awareness, and ultimately fortify both your cyber security strategies and your organization at large.