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18 Jan. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Training Employees for the Event of Workplace Violence

The recent tragic, violent events across the country have focused attention once again on the topic of workplace violence. While the government contemplates legislation to address this issue, companies need to be assessing their emergency response plans to see if they are adequately addressing this issue. While there is strong debate on ways to effectively address an active shooter situation, looking at ways to prevent the violence from escalating to a dangerous level is an effective strategy.

17 Dec. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

How to Talk to Children about Violence

Growing up has never been easy. It's especially difficult for young people in times of crisis. We owe it to our children to listen to what is on their minds and in their hearts and give them the best of our understanding and our guidance. Parents wonder if they should protect their children from the grim reality, explore the topic, or share their personal beliefs. Some adults feel that they must reconcile the dilemma of advocating non-violence while explaining violent acts. This dilemma is made more complex by the desire to provide explanations about violence in the world, while at the same time encouraging children's natural sense of curiosity. We want children to feel free to come to us with questions and concerns. In addition, we know that it is important that young children be reassured about their own safety and the safety of their parents and loved ones. So where does this leave us? Following are some pointers for dealing with these issues.

14 Dec. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Test Your Crisis Plan!

While most businesses have an emergency plan in place, that plan is almost worthless if it is not tested frequently. One of the challenges is involving your employees in that testing. Managers are often reluctant to approve frequent drills as it can disrupt work and inconvenience people. However, it has been shown that individuals tend to respond poorly to rare incidents, especially low frequency-high consequence events. A large part of this is because of a lack of experience. Training and drills are ways of gaining that experience before an event occurs.

30 Nov. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Preparation Steps for Surviving A Natural Disaster

Doing an easy analysis of your own situation and the vulnerabilities and threats you face, will point you in the direction of the best course of action to take in preparation for an impending disaster. By identifying these vulnerabilities, and taking appropriate action to mitigate them, you assure safety and survival.

9 Nov. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Disaster Survivor Support

Hurricane Sandy has dramatically changed the lives of many who lived, worked and played in the communities that were impacted. In order to support those who are suffering through the aftermath of this disaster it requires the effort of many individuals. Most disasters have specific actions that need to be taken in preparation, response and recovery. Depending on the magnitude of the storm, people may not initially grasp how the storm has fully impacted their lives.