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27 Aug. 2015 Posted by ameulendyke

Lessons Hidden In Headlines

(Written by Ralph Metzner, FEI Director of Product Management)

The heroic actions of three Americans and one Briton on the train from Amsterdam to Paris have been recognized as being responsible for preventing a terrorist massacre and have received praise and admiration world-wide. To be sure, their bravery and quick thinking are commendable and certainly saved lives. Yet, behind the headlines are two important facts.

17 Aug. 2015 Posted by ameulendyke

A Response to Workplace Violence: Honoring Lara Sobel

(Guest Blog written by Kirstin Anderson, Families in Society)

Families in Society editors and staff are deeply saddened by the tragic killing of social worker Lara Sobel, a longtime employee of the Vermont Department of Children and Families and program graduate of the Child Welfare Training Partnership at the University of Vermont. Killed outside of her office by the mother of a child taken into custody, Ms. Sobel died at the scene on August 7, 2015. Our condolences are offered to her family, colleagues, and the many children and families she has worked beside over the years.

12 Aug. 2015 Posted by ameulendyke

Disseminating Sensitive Information Deserves a Sensitive Approach

(Written by Carol Poggeman, FEI Crisis Management Associate)

According to news reports, family members of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 were notified both of the airline carrier’s disappearance, and that there were no survivors, via a text message. Can you imagine how distraught you would be if you received a text message with such sensitive information? Think of the numerous questions that might be running through your mind – “What happened? Who can I turn to? What should I do now?”

29 Jul. 2015 Posted by ameulendyke

People with Disabilities Lead the Way in Crisis Preparedness

(Written by Ted Uczen, FEI President & CEO)

On July 26th we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for people with disabilities, and today guarantees the civil rights of more than 56 million Americans. Coinciding with this very important anniversary, the Ad Council and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a new public service announcement (PSA) to raise the awareness of being prepared in emergencies.

15 Jul. 2015 Posted by ameulendyke

Lingering Effects of Cyberterrorism

(Written by Daniel J. Potterton, FEI Chief Operating Officer)

Writer Martin C. Libicki opened his Newsweek magazine article earlier this year saying “Cyberterrorism, theoretically, isn’t supposed to exist. Terrorism, after all, is defined as the use of attacks to create visceral fear. Yet, almost all of what cyberattacks have done so far has been to computers–and computers lack viscera.” Libicki goes on to say, “Nevertheless, the December attack on Sony….has most of the elements of terrorism, except for the visceral terror itself–even if that element later entered the equation in an offhand way.”