Reducing Vulnerabilities in Your Place of Worship

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Simple Changes that can Make a Big Difference

Vulnerable is an understatement for nearly every facility and organization in our society. Places of worship however have found themselves highly vulnerable to outside threats and attacks for various reasons. Reducing vulnerabilities can be a struggle, but putting forth the effort and allocating resources before an incident is critical to continued safety and security for your buildings, staff, volunteers, and congregation. Read More

Preparing for a VIP Guest on College Campuses

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4 Ways to Ensure a Safe & Secure Visit

College campuses are almost always bustling with students going to and from classes, studying in the sun, playing games, or hanging out with friends. It is no secret that campus officers work hard to keep their campus community safe, while still allowing freedom for students and visitors to access the university grounds. When a VIP or special guest arrives on campus though, the safety and security atmosphere changes. Whether it be a presidential candidate, dignitary, band, actor, etc., additional protocols and procedures must be put into place and followed. Below are 4 ways you can prepare for a VIP guest on your college campus and ensure a safe and secure visit. Read More

Rapid Responder: From Past to Present

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How Rapid Responder Has Evolved into a Leading Technology

When it first began in 2000, Rapid Responder was equipped with the latest in technological advances like a mobile client, downloadable for PCs, ability to upload images and documents, and cameras that shot in 2-5 megapixels. The company behind the emergency preparedness technology, Prepared Response, Inc. had the ability to email floor plans to Blackberry’s and was compatible with ToughBooks in cars and command posts for responders. At the time, these things were highly technical and profound advances. Read More

Keeping Students Safe During Off Campus Events

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Don’t Risk Safety When Going Off Campus

School campuses are a natural safety concern in our society and after-school activities become an even bigger concern because of increased risk. However, taking students off campus is perhaps the biggest risk. off campusWith risk comes planning, so below are some ways you can keep students safe while attending off campus events.

Students leave school campus for many reasons. It may be field trips, band events, or sports teams when students travel. Whatever the reason may be, safety is a top concern when students are leaving campus on a school sponsored activity or trip. Read More

Risk Assessments in Your Place of Worship

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Take Risk Assessments Seriously for Mitigation

Whether there isn’t enough funding, resources, time, etc., risk assessments almost never reach their full potential in places of worship. However, when a crisis happens, churches are left to clean up the mess, spending much more time, money and resources to respond to the disaster than they would have implementing changes that were likely recommended on the assessment.

Howard Sklar, a contributor for Forbes made an excellent point when he said, “The first, most egregious, and most common failure is to consider the risk assessment as a document and not a process.” Instead of trying to check off a to-do list item by completing a risk assessment, look at it as more of a process in which the safety conversation continues and your congregation and visitors are safer and more secure. When we begin to consider something a process, we become more invested and give more time and effort into making it successful, effective and worth our time. Make risk assessments an ongoing process for continued and strategic mitigation in your church. Read More

Healthcare Partnerships for Increased Response to Regional Emergencies

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Tips on Increasing Partnership for Resource Allocation

Incidents like terrorist attacks, natural disasters, etc. bring about chaos, especially for those trying to help. Hospitals become overrun with victims and others needing assistance that they can’t accept everyone or they run out of resources. By creating healthcare partnerships with other local hospitals, healthcare facilities, and even hospitals that are a reasonable distance away, you can gather the resources to assist all that come in needing help during regional emergencies. Read More

Are you Ready for a Megaquake?

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A Look at How The Pacific Northwest is Preparing

Recently, the Seattle Times featured a story on “The Big One,” a phrase being used to describe an almost certain Cascadia megaquake and tsunami on the West Coast, but more specifically in the Pacific Northwest Region. The article talks in depth about the plans and preparations being made to respond to such a large-scale catastrophe that could hit at any moment. It is comforting to know our state and local government agencies are allocating resources to respond effectively to a natural disaster that will affect almost every person in the region. Below are some highlights and specifics from the article and how the drill will play out with nearly 6,000 participants. Read More

The Aftermath of a Traumatic Event

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The Campus Road to Recovery After Trauma

Unfortunately, we hear stories far too often of mass disasters, whether it be terrorist attacks, shootings or natural disasters, these events wreak havoc on those involved. If these instances happen at a place of higher education, the implications can be even more disastrous to victims, families, staff, and responders. Today, we are going to give you some tips to recover from a traumatic event at your college or university, in chronological order.

Prior to the Traumatic Event

You never want to think that your college or university is a target for one of these situations, but in all actuality, it is. By making preparations beforehand, you can get a head start and help to alleviate some chaos when a traumatic event does occur. Prior to a traumatic event, have a way to communicate with key personnel such as administrators, facility personnel, campus security, and responders. Communication is not enough though, training on how to use the communication channels properly and drills to prepare your staff are critical. Hold drills on things like active shooter scenarios, medical emergencies, tornadoes, or bomb threats. By using these tips to begin preparing before an incident, you will increase response time and make your response more efficient. Read More

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

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Locating a Missing Patient at Your Hospital

It’s a normal day at your hospital, when you hear there is a patient missing from their assigned room, what do you do? Any missing person is a red flag, but the risk is even higher when a patient is missing from their hospital room. They are at risk of harm to themselves, others, not receiving their medications, and worrying their families. Today we are going to give you some procedures which should be part of your missing patient protocols in your hospital or smaller healthcare facility. Read More

Propel Your School Safety with this Tip

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safety assetUse Student’s as a Safety Asset

School’s focus a lot of their time on staff training and preparedness, from summer training to teacher work days throughout the year. Many states require students be taught about fire safety, but often times, the students are left out in the preparedness process. Read how students can make a difference in safety and be used as a safety asset,  how you can start the safety conversation with them, and how to discuss safety, taking student age into consideration. Read More