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Sep 21 2016

Is Your Organization Ready for a Pandemic?

By Lisa Eifert

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. 

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Sep 12 2016

Water Safety

By Lisa Eifert

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. 

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Sep 05 2016

The Role of Inbound Communications in Your Emergency Notification Strategy

By Lorin Bristow

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.

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Sep 01 2016

How You Can "Celebrate" National Preparedness Month 2016

By Lorin Bristow

  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.

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Aug 31 2016

Contact Data: More is Better for Emergency Communications

By Lorin Bristow

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.

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Aug 17 2016

Three Top Tips for Increasing Organizational Cyber Security Awareness

By Lisa Eifert

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.

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Aug 11 2016

Staying Ahead of Storm Surge

By Lisa Eifert

While strong winds and heavy rain are two of the dangers that first come to mind when thoughts turn to the imminent hurricane season, a byproduct of the two can lead to an equally if not more destructive weather phenomenon: storm surge. Let’s take a closer look at this significant hazard to life and property, along with highlighting a new interactive tool from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) aimed at predicting storm surge and fostering critical preparedness.

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Aug 02 2016

Workplace Violence: Six Things Every Organization Should Consider

By Lisa Eifert

We’ve established that workplace violence is a very real issue facing society today. We’ve also covered the importance of forming a crisis management team while providing guidelines for establishing one within your organization. Next up in our “Workplace Violence” blog series? Highlighting a few critical steps involved in formulating an effective response to workplace violence incidences. Let’s count down six things all organizations should consider as part of their comprehensive emergency action plans.

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Aug 01 2016

Seven Deadly Sins of Emergency Notification Part Two

By Lisa Eifert

  Unfortunately, crisis happens. Recently, all too often.  Many companies are not fully prepared to communicate rapidly and effectively in a crisis. This second of a 2-part blog series covers the common mistakes all business continuity and disaster recovery professionals should avoid to avert disaster and foster resiliency. SINS 5-7

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Jul 26 2016

Seven Deadly Sins of Emergency Notification Part One

By Lisa Eifert

  Unfortunately, crisis happens. Recently, all too often. Many companies are not fully prepared to communicate rapidly and effectively in a crisis. This first of a 2-part blog series covers the common mistakes all business continuity and disaster recovery professionals should avoid to avert disaster and foster resiliency.

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