Emergency Alerts for Deaf & Blind School Helps Keep Student and Staff Safe

Emergency Alerts for Deaf & Blind School Helps Keep Student and Staff Safe

  For more than 140 years, sight- and hearing-impaired children from birth to age 21 have attended the Colorado School for The Deaf and The Blind (CSDB), a state-funded facility serving communities throughout Colorado. Some time ago, CSDB came to us with the concern that they needed a way to reach every single student and…

Signs & Symptoms of Ineffective Crisis Communications

Signs & Symptoms of Ineffective Crisis Communications

Storms, bomb threats, accidents, criminal behavior… They’re topics we’d all prefer to avoid, but the reality is that crises afflict all kinds of organizations, every day of the week. More often, routine hiccups (say, equipment malfunction, cancellations or scheduling mix-ups) also threaten to derail operations and customer satisfaction. In any case, successful resolutions hinge on…

Survey: Mass Notification Trends in Healthcare, Education

Survey: Mass Notification Trends in Healthcare, Education

Ever wonder what other schools or healthcare facilities are doing on emergency communications and mass notification trends? What’s working, what’s a headache, and how they’re investing their money? From time to time, the folks at Campus Safety survey campus security and emergency management professionals on their emergency response investments, obstacles, and strategies. The latest survey,…

Newly Revised Federal Guidelines for Healthcare Emergency Response

Newly Revised Federal Guidelines for Healthcare Emergency Response

Late last year, the Department of Health & Human Services issued its 2017–2022 Healthcare Preparedness and Response Capabilities — newly revised guidelines for healthcare emergency response, specifically, how providers should prepare, respond and recover from disasters and emergency scenarios. Three goals drive this new guidance: Ensure patients receive the care they need, when and where…

Zombies invade University of Michigan in emergency response drill

Zombies invade University of Michigan in emergency response drill

If you happened to be around the University of Michigan a few weeks ago, you would’ve found yourself smack-dab in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. The zombies, part of an emergency response drill, represented a worst-case scenario: a natural disaster, major disease outbreak, or bioterrorism. Some 150 students, staff and community leaders took part…

How one automotive supplier upgraded employee safety, health, and productivity with mass notifications
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How one automotive supplier upgraded employee safety, health, and productivity with mass notifications

It’s not something anyone likes to talk about, but the reality is that strong organizations suffer a blow to their finances, operations, and reputation every day because they failed to prepare for safety/security threats — whether that’s crime, natural or man-made disasters, an employee or customer getting hurt on company property. News headlines are full…

Improving Human Response to Your Emergency Communications

Improving Human Response to Your Emergency Communications

Your organization’s ability to minimize loss during a crime or disaster hinges largely on the strength of your emergency communications. Those, in turn, hinge on how well those communications play with human behavior. With that in mind, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to publish…

The Clery Act’s Emergency Communications Requirements for Higher Education Institutions

The Clery Act’s Emergency Communications Requirements for Higher Education Institutions

In 1986, Jeanne Clery, a student at Lehigh University, was raped and killed in her campus dorm. Her attack spurred the Clery Act, a federal statute requiring all colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to meet a series of requirements to keep students safe. What’s at risk when you don’t meet requirements?…

Emergency Response: Considerations in a Healthcare Setting

Emergency Response: Considerations in a Healthcare Setting

When disasters happen — whether natural or man-made — communities look to healthcare facilities to for emergency response to mobilize resources, care for the ill and injured, and coordinate relief and recovery efforts, says the American Hospital Association (AHA). In its “Prepared to Care” report, AHA analyzed published studies, data sets, interviews with healthcare professionals…