Rapid Responder Meets Joint Commission Requirements

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Get the Most Out Of Your Accreditation with Rapid Responder

The healthcare industry has many standards and requirements to meet, the most well-known and comprehensive being the Joint Commission Standards. “The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. Their accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects commitment to meeting certain performance standards.” The standards can be difficult to meet on your own, but Rapid Responder helps your healthcare facility meet a variety of them. Today we want to give you 6 specific Joint Commission Standards that Rapid Responder meets for your medical center: Read More

Engage Staff for Increased School Safety

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Ways to Involve School Staff in Safety

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School safety and security are a top priority each and every day, but it can be challenging to engage staff and teachers in safety procedures. Sometimes, school staff feel that their concerns about safety are insignificant to those at the district level, so they may worry about giving their opinions or suggestions. This is unfortunate because the staff typically have the best understanding of how the safety and security protocols can be improved upon. Today we want to give you 4 ways that you can engage your school staff in the safety discussion. Read More

Church Security: From the Ground, Up

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Northstar Church of God Pastor, Luke Hodges Explains their Safety & Security Measures

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Luke Hodges is the Senior Pastor of Northstar Church of God in Tumwater, WA. In his four years there so far, he has been dedicating much time to the improvement of overall safety and security at his church, while continuing to foster an open and welcoming environment to members and visitors alike. I recently had the opportunity to talk with him and get some insight on how his church is cost effectively increasing their safety and overall security. Read More

Increasing School Security through Visitor Management

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4 Tips to Keep Students Safe & Maintain Security

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When it comes to schools, safety is a top priority but, how safe can a school be if there is not an effective way to manage visitors who come and go on a daily basis? Do you know who should and shouldn’t be on campus and do you have a way to easily identify them from teachers, substitute teachers and normal staff? To effectively secure a school, you must manage those who visit it.

Today we want to give you four ways that you can increase the safety and security of your school by implementing effective visitor management protocol.

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Enhancing Safety for Retail Stores

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As a retailer, you understand that your stores have a very different set of risks than other organizations including the concern for visitors and access points. Not only must you plan for the safety and security of your business, but also for your employees and customers. Today we want to help retailers understand how they can be proactive in enhancing the safety in and around their store. Read More

How Does Your Healthcare Facility Communicate During Crisis?

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Plan & prepare to communicate during emergencies at your healthcare facility

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Emergencies, by nature are stressful. The good news, however, is that planning and preparing before an emergency or crisis can help it go smoothly and with little to no panic from those involved. The key to this is communication. Effective communication during emergencies for healthcare facilities can be the difference between relocating patients in a timely manner, and not having enough staff to continue operations as usual. Keep these communication tips in mind when planning for emergencies and crisis situations for your healthcare facility. Read More

Is Your Facility a Terrorist Target

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Learn If Your Facility Is & How to Become Less Vulnerable

It seems that almost every facility is a target these days for an attack, either foreign or domestic but whether a shopping center, a sports arena, or a restaurant, your facility probably has emergency plans in place to respond during incidents. For the purposes of this post, we are going to define terrorist as, a person who terrorizes or frightens others. Most public areas are soft targets for terrorism, but there are also hard targets and there is a stark difference between the two. Today we are going to identify the differences between soft and hard terrorist targets, and ways that you can diminish the likelihood of being a victim.

A soft target is a person or thing that is relatively unprotected or vulnerable, especially to military or terrorist attack. Soft targets make up the majority of victims, whereas, hard targets are seen as something that is heavily defended by formal security protocol. Although soft targets are at a greater risk, both are still very susceptible to attack.   Read More

Where Are You? Finding a Lost Child

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shutterstock_268247162Lost Child Procedures for Places of Worship

Once when I was a child, I was with my mother in a retail store and remember going underneath the clothes on a circular rack to play. Soon after I heard my mother frantically calling my name. My mom thought that I had run off, or worse, that someone had grabbed me in the split second that she turned away. Finally she found me and was glad I was OK, but told me how badly I scared her and how I need to stay in her sight if I’m going to walk through the store.

Children often do things that they see as a game, not understanding they invoke fear into the adults that care for them. Today I am going to give you a step-by-step outline of what you should do if a child ever becomes lost in your place of worship. Hopefully you will never have to use these, but there needs to be clear and concise instructions for those following the policy. Read More

Environmental Barriers: A School’s Aesthetically Pleasing Safety Enforcer

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Keeping students safe inside school walls is important and often at the forefront of educators and administrators’ minds, but what about when students are outside the classroom? Perhaps at recess, eating lunch in a courtyard, or when parents and buses are dropping off and picking up. Often, administrators and teachers are standing by during these times to ensure the safety of the students, but a few staff members can only do so much. This is when it is important to use environmental barriers to increase the security around schools. Environmental barriers can include lighting, directional markers, ease of navigation, and landscaping. Keep reading to see how taking these simple steps can ensure a safe school environment. Read More

3 Things You Need to Know About Healthcare Emergency Operating Procedures

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How You Can Increase Your EOP’s Effectiveness

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Emergency operating procedures are plans of actions to be conducted in a certain order or manner, in response to an emergency event. Most, if not all, healthcare facilities are required by law to have emergency operating procedures (EOP’s) in place, but whether they are used to their maximum potential is a different story. EOP’s have the power to be highly effective in the safety and security of staff, patients, visitors, and even property. Today we want to help you maximize your healthcare emergency operating procedures by giving you three things that you need to know about them. Without the proper knowledge, your emergency procedures are diminished in terms of competency.

  1. IT IS MORE THAN PLANS ON PAPER

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