Prepare for Disaster before Disaster Strikes
Long-Term Living Magazine
Hurricane Sandy was yet another wake-up call to hospitals and long-term care (LTC) organizations to have a written disaster plan in place. Some facilities that chose not to evacuate in advance ended up evacuating during the height of the storm, making it more dangerous and difficult. This brings to light the importance of having a disaster recovery plan and knowing when to use it. Would your facility be able to survive a disaster?
Preventing Workplace Violence
Risk Management Monitor
The summer of 2012 produced one of the most alarming streaks of workplace-related violence in recent memory. These tragedies all occurred within two months. The stream of headlines describing violence at various places of employment was long and horrifying, and the lives of those affected will never be the same. Is such a streak an indication of a trend towards increasing violence? Or was this an awful series of coincidences?
More Than Just Evacuation
Canadian Medical Association Journal
Might the move toward standardization benefit from some manner of training or advisory program similar to one in the United States that helps long-term care facilities implement emergency management plans, and train employees about what to do in response to disasters? Absolutely, argues Dan Potterton, chief operating officer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based FEI Behavioral Health, the national network employee assistance program provider that provides crisis management, disaster planning and employee assistance program services in the U.S. and countries including Canada.
Preparing for Disaster in a Nursing Home or AL Facility
McKnight’s Long-Term Care News
Although it's been seven years, the deaths of 35 seniors during Hurricane Katrina remain a reminder of the vulnerability of nursing home residents. Already this year, the U.S. has experienced 19 federal Major Disaster declarations, including wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and more. So who's looking out for your residents? Federal regulations now require senior living facilities to have an emergency plan. However, in a recent report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services found that many facilities remain deficient in disaster response training for staff. The best-laid plans mean nothing without proper training and practice.
Creating 9-1-1 Fact Sheets for Your Employees
Implementing a system that allows for the proper collection, integration and confidential management of family contact information and other important employee information helps HR professionals communicate with employees and keep their families safe during a crisis on a real-time basis. This type of system ensures that families receive accurate and timely information about their loved one’s whereabouts or health status at the time of a disaster.
June is National Employee Wellness Month
June marks the 4th annual National Employee Wellness Month in the U.S. This year, FEI Behavioral Health encourages employers to focus on the mental wellness of their workforces in addition to the physical wellness. Most companies already offer a variety of options for physical exercise, and many have even invested in healthy eating programs. However, organizations and individuals often overlook the importance of mental well-being. Without an equal focus on emotional and social factors, physical challenges cannot be properly addressed.
It Can Happen Here: A Proactive Approach to Violence Prevention on Campus
Campus Law Enforcement Journal
As horrifying and unthinkable as violence on campus may be, we are tragically reminded far too often that it is a possibility every community must take seriously. Preparing for crisis is certainly no promise of prevention, and from the vantage of hindsight the diligent course may seem obvious. Nonetheless, it is worth remembering that while awareness is the most basic tool of crisis prevention, its importance is often overlooked.
Building Stronger Communities: Creating Public and Nonprofit Human Service Partnerships
American Public Human Services Association Magazine
Susan Dreyfus, CEO of FEI Behavioral Health’s parent company, Families International Inc., speaks to her role in the nonprofit human services sector and highlights the work of FEI. FEI Behavioral Health achieves the collective vision by protecting the most valuable asset an organization possesses — its workforce. “FEI has taken the traditional employee assistance program model and partners with organizations of all sizes to protect and enhance their workforce effectiveness and organizational resiliency,” said Dreyfus.
Lending a Hand and a Personal Touch to Employees
Association News Magazine
Employee assistance programs—referred to as EAPs—can be a valuable support system for associations and their employees. EAPs can advise association employees about child care and elder care services and connect them to resources for substance abuse issues or grief counseling. A good EAP will also help people get back on their feet and refocused on their job. Whether an association consists of a handful of employees or hundreds, there’s an EAP that can help your group foster a better work environment.
Mental First Aid Should Be Incorporated Into Resilience Plans
Security Management Magazine
First aid provided to victims of a disaster, whether natural or manmade, has a lasting impact on the time it will take for victims to recover after an event. Just as immediate medical care can mean the difference between future complications and a swift recovery after an injury, immediate psychological first aid can mean the mean the difference in the time it takes for a company’s employees to psychologically heal after the event. Disaster recovery and resilience operations often focus on supply chain operations, infrastructure, information technology, and financial security, but without personnel, these operations can’t function.