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29 Mar. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Red Cross Apps Put Your Smartphone to Use in Being Prepared and Staying Safe

For many of us, a smart phone has become a part of our everyday lives. Email, texting, social media applications, web browsing and yes, even telephone calls make it an indispensable part of our lives. Now the American Red Cross has created a number of free apps could allow your smart phone to keep you safe as well.

14 Mar. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Key Members of the Emergency Response Team

The HQ Emergency Response Team has overall responsibility for managing company resources, analyzing information, and making corporate decisions. It is the control point for all incident-related activities. Senior Managers with authority to make corporate decisions should be represented. Administrative support staff will also be needed. The HQ Team should establish ongoing communications with the Corporate Team deployed on-site during a crisis situation.

1 Mar. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Practicing Situational Awareness

The recent violent events have led many of us to ask, “Am I safe where I work, shop, go to school, or watch a movie?” Many of us are left feeling a bit helpless in the face of all this violence. While nothing can make any of us absolutely safe, there are steps we can all take to make us safer.

21 Feb. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Developing Crisis Notification Procedures

Notification procedures should ensure immediate and efficient notification of key emergency response personnel. Depending on the size of your organization, notification and activation of response team members could be a very large task to handle and might take much more time than you have to spare. There are several resources and operational plans that can be utilized to ensure your notification process is manageable.

15 Feb. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Establishing a Crisis Command Center

Every organization should have a designated facility where the Emergency Response Team can gather during an emergency. Access to a Command Center headquarters should be restricted to company personnel with emergency response duties. The Command Center should be located in an area of the building not likely to be involved in, or heavily populated during, an accident. The room must be secured with lock or via electronic access. Space requirements should take into account the number of persons available to serve in each function.