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  • Workplace Shootings Are on the Rise. Is Your Organization Prepared?

    In the past, emergency preparedness for crises like shootings or natural disasters in your workplace may have felt a bit over-the-top. “That wouldn’t happen here,” you’d say. “I’ve got bigger fish to fry.” And then you turn on the news. Rethinking Emergency Preparedness   Whether these incidents have multiplied lately or just didn’t get enough reporting in the [...]

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    Peer Insights: How Harvard Handles Emergency Prep, Response

    It’s always helpful to peek into how our peers manage security concerns, emergency preparedness and response — particularly an organization that’s known for progressive, cream-of-the-crop practices, like Harvard. Last month, Harvard University published its Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report, fulfilling a Clery Act requirement for schools receiving federal funding. [...]

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    10 Problems You Can Solve With Digital Signage

    As you seek to improve business outcomes and reduce waste (whether that’s wasted dollars, manpower, productivity or opportunities), you’ll find many business problems can be solved, quite affordably, through digital signage. Perhaps you already have digital signage technology at your disposal but aren’t squeezing all the value you can out of it. Below we highlight 10 issues you can [...]

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    Active Shooter Resources for Businesses, Healthcare Facilities, Individuals

    Active shooter preparedness isn’t on anyone’s list of pleasant reading topics. And yet, failing to plan adequately can enable irreparable harm to people and organizations. In light of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, we’ll keep this post simple, just linking to reputable active shooter resources for organizations and individuals seeking to implement or improve their active [...]

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    How Hospitals Use Mass Communications to Improve Operations and Patient Experience

    Mass notifications are often associated with emergency response, but a growing number of healthcare providers are finding that mass communications tools are essential for improving daily operations, patient experience, and safety – the basis for critical satisfaction scores and reimbursement levels. Consider, for example, some of the challenges hospitals told us they’ve struggled with:[...]

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    Sharing Successes, Know-How at Pivot to Profit

    In an industry where threats and solutions are always evolving, it’s always refreshing to meet up with peers, trade experiences, and strengthen our know-how of emergency and non-emergency communication technology. It’s one reason why we’re stoked to sponsor the second annual Pivot to Profit conference this week, September 28 and 29 in Chicago. Hosted by the National Systems [...]

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    FEMA: 3 Trends Impacting Emergency Management

    FEMA’s been busy these days as storms tear up communities across the U.S. To ensure it can respond effectively, FEMA routinely engages in long-range analysis to identify trends impacting emergency management. The organization recently published a summary of its latest analysis, aiming to help emergency managers “understand, anticipate, and plan for future risks,” resulting in increased [...]

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    Free Emergency Response Resources for Businesses

    Emergency response is a big job with big ramifications to your business’s ability to outlive crises, remain financially strong, and minimize harm to people. Thankfully, you don’t have to start your emergency response plan from scratch. In this post, we gather up free emergency response resources that can serve as springboards for your emergency planning, or trigger ideas to enhance the [...]

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    Fire Systems & Mass Notifications: Why Integrate Them?

    If you shoulder the responsibilities of emergency preparedness and response, you likely know layered mass notifications — the ability to deliver instant and relevant information to multiple audiences, wherever they are — is critical to keep people and property safe during a crisis. And yet, many organizations risk a botched response because their emergency alert systems don’t “talk” [...]

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    How a School for the Deaf & Blind Mastered Mass Communication & Emergency Alerts

    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 staff member instantly — particularly in times of crisis. Different needs [...]

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