Threat Assessments, a Main Ingredient for Facility Security

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Tips on How to Write Threat Assessments & Mitigate Risk

Threat assessments “provide a guidance framework to develop and implement the mitigation measures that would be necessary and appropriate to the identified threats to” a facility. – Thomas Bullock III, Law Enforcement Specialist with VML Insurance.*

Threat assessments are an invaluable part of security for any facility and by not performing a threat assessment on a regular basis you are leaving your facility vulnerable to ever changing threats. Some form of threat assessment should be performed annually, even if it’s just re-assessing, but a new threat assessment should be performed every other year. Read More

Considerations to Make Before Implementing Hospital Security

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Throughput, Training, and Service & How They Can Make Security Ineffective

Many healthcare facilities are constantly evaluating and considering security options that are the most up-to-date and offer industry leading technology. They may be considering installing turnstiles for access control, implementing ID badges for verification, or even retina scanners that match a person. Even the most inclusive systems though have their downfalls if considerations are not taken into account. Throughput, training, and service are all categories that must be well researched and considered before hospital security upgrades can be made or updated in your healthcare facility. Read More

Doctors Aren’t the Only Ones Who Need to Work on Their Response Time

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3 Ways Rapid Responder Can Help to Improve Your Healthcare Facility’s Response Time by Effectively Preparing

Doctors and nurses continually strive to improve their response time to an emergency, but do the maintenance, security, or management departments? If there were a fire or an active shooter, would your healthcare facility as a whole be prepared to respond in an efficient manner? Today we want to tell you three ways that Rapid Responder improves your healthcare facility’s response time. Read More

New Year, New Goals: Wrap Up

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Top 3 Ways to Improve Facility Safety by Creating Goals

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This week we have talked specifically about how creating new goals for the New Year can improve your facility or organizations safety and security. Whether it be a school, church, hospital, or movie theater, there are improvements that can be made and creating new goals can be the answer. As we enter 2016, safety and security for facilities and those who enter them should be a top priority. Today we want to give you the top 3 takeaways from this series that can help you this year. Read More

New Year, New Goals for Your Healthcare Facility

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Utilize Additional Training for Prevention & Set Departmental Goals

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A new year means new goals and it is highly likely that your healthcare facility already has a myriad of objectives to reach in terms of patient safety, staff safety, budgets, etc., but do you have general safety goals for your hospital? Today we want to help get the wheels turning about how setting safety goals throughout your healthcare facility can improve safety everywhere. Click through the tabs to see how timely training enhances healthcare safety, potential goals to set, and departments that could benefit from structured goals. Read More

Healthcare Facility Maintenance Schedules

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Keeping Patients & Staff Safe

Optimizing your maintenance team and their schedules for your healthcare facility is imperative and could be the difference between the generators providing vital medical attention for patients or not having the ability to save lives. In the following below are a few best practices for your healthcare center to help get the most out of your maintenance teams and schedules: Read More

Rapid Responder Notify, Not Your Average Mass Notification

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NotifyNotify Offers Unique Mass Notification Features for Your Facility

Rapid Responder Notify is an app designed specifically for mass notification and is a complimentary add-on feature for those who utilize the Rapid Responder system for their facilities emergency preparedness. There are many mass notification systems out there, but none quite like Rapid Responder Notify. Anyone can sign up by downloading the app, choosing their group, and putting in their site ID, which is completely customizable by a Rapid Responder admin. The groups can range anywhere from hospital employees, students, staff, or a congregation. It also allows app users to send anonymous tips and alerts to designated individuals of any suspicious activity, an incident, or even a maintenance issue such as clogged water drain.

Today though, we want to explain how it can improve your facilities crisis management by means of mass notification. Take these three incidents for example, and see how Rapid Responder Notify can quickly send mass notification to those who need it.   Read More

“Run, Hide, Fight,” vs. “Avoid, Deny, Defend”

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Although rare, active shooter situations do happen, and are a part of safety and security training in most organizations these days. Unfortunately, we must prepare for these unlikely incidents by knowing the most effective ways to respond. There are a few methods, but the most widely used and supported are, “Run, Hide, Fight,” and “Avoid, Deny, Defend.” Keep reading to learn what they mean, how they differ, and who supports them.

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“The Value of Security Isn’t Measured by what it Costs, But what it Prevents”

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Justifying the Value of Prevention

When a facility such as a school, church, or movie theater starts discussing their security options, the topic of budget always arises. Often times there are individuals who rally for increased safety and security, no matter the cost, but there are others who vote for cheaper, and sometimes less effective options, even if it means providing less safety. Today we want to talk to you about the quote,

The value of security isn’t measured by what it costs, but what it prevents

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Healthcare Facilities Holiday Incidents: Prepare

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5 Ways Your Facility can Prepare for and Reduce Holiday Incidents

Healthcare facilities, especially hospitals, see an increase in emergency cases over the holiday season. It is understood in the medical community that during the busy holiday season, for many reasons, there is an increase in emergency room visits, especially heart related conditions. For healthcare workers and hospital management, that means preplanning for the influx.

Verify Contact Information

During the holiday’s many staff go out of town, or take vacation days to spend with their loved ones, but holiday incidentsmost will be on call. Emergency room visits peak during Christmas and often turn into multiple day stays for observation and surgeries. Prior to the holiday season starting, verify the contact information for staff that you may need at the last minute. Without a working phone number, your facility may need to turn people away because of lack of manpower, or occupancy overload. Read More