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Posted on January 28, 2016 by

Suicide in the Workplace: Prevention & Response

Suicide touches everyone. About every 15 minutes someone dies by suicide, and about every minute someone attempts suicide. This is an issue that is especially prevalent among working-age adults. Not only can the suicide of an employee disrupt business as usual, it can deeply impact coworkers and their mental state following the incident. It is the responsibility of both managers and employees to prevent these incidents from happening, and to also respond to people who may be at…

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Posted on January 19, 2016 by

Preparis’ 2015 Year in Review: A CEO’s Perspective  

As a determined entrepreneur, you never know how successful a company will be until you take the leap of faith to just start it. That’s part of the fun and working hard to make customers successful along with having a great team behind you, sets the table for success. 2015 was an awesome year for Preparis.  Not only did we grow our business significantly with some terrific, new customers (you all know who you are!), we also did a lot…

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Posted on July 22, 2015 by

Run. Hide. Fight: Responding to an Active Shooter

In a recent FBI study, findings indicate active shooter incidents are becoming more frequent. Because they can occur anywhere at any time, it is important that Crisis Teams remain vigilant in their efforts to prepare for and respond to such incidents. Part of that preparation is ensuring every employee knows what to do should an active shooter enter the work site. One way to increase company-wide preparedness is to enforce the Run. Hide. Fight. principle. This principle is a…

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Posted on February 7, 2014 by

Sochi Teaches Us to Be Prepared for Cyber Attacks

Large events have the potential to be hives for terrorist activity, but the International Business Times ­warns of another type of attack amidst the Sochi Winter Olympic games: Cyber Attacks. IB Times references a report by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security explaining that “hacktvists (activist hackers) and cybercriminals may attempt to take advantage of the international attention surrounding the games.” Various cyber attacks include Olympic Hactivists, fake…

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Posted on December 2, 2013 by

Developing & Building Life Safety Programs for CRE

In a chaos, you don’t want everyone in your building calling the property manager asking what to do. You need your tenants and staff organized into a trained and ready chain of command. This may sound like a lot of work, so let us help you to develop your emergency action plan (EAP) into an integrated program involving your building’s crisis team. It will upgrade your life safety program, plus reduce your potential liability exposure. Preparis can help…

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Posted on November 13, 2013 by

3 Things to Do When Responding to a Bomb Threat

If a suspicious package was found in your building, would you and your property management team know what to do? What about your tenants? In the event of a bomb threat, it is imperative that a property manager knows how to keep her tenants and building safe. There are times in which a bomb threat is a false alarm, but property managers cannot run the risk of ignoring the threat. Do not evacuate your building right away –…

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Posted on November 12, 2013 by

Crisis Communications for Property Managers – Webinar on How to Work with First Responders

As a property manager, if there was an emergency you don’t want everyone calling your building’s office to find out what’s going on. You want a chain of command. Having a crisis communications plan will help, especially if you’ve collaborated with first responders. It may sound like a lot of work to align your efforts with your local police, fire rescue, and EMS, but this will develop your emergency action plan into an integrated program. Join Preparis as…

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Posted on November 11, 2013 by

Why Facility Managers Need Technology

I visited Georgia Institute of Technology to play the role of Professor Tolbert for two hours. Kathy Roper, the Associate Professor and Chair of Facility Management, invited me to speak to her class to share how technology is changing and improving the way facility managers are addressing the rules and regulations in keeping tenants safe and buildings running. Facility managers’ responsibilities are increasing and becoming more complex, but still have a tightened budget. The expectation to manage threats…

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Posted on October 25, 2013 by

The Yeti Invades CRE // Tech Intersect

Representatives of the Preparis team flew up to New York City last week to attend CRE//Tech Intersect, an event dedicated to bringing together the people responsible for innovating commercial real estate and pushing it forward. We are proud to have been a participating sponsor of this successful event, with over 40 companies and over 200 people in attendance. In between Yeti photo-ops, product demos, and the speaker panels we had some important observations: The CRE//Tech community is growing…

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Posted on October 9, 2013 by

5 Ways to Prepare for Workplace Violence

When it comes to preparing your crisis management team and employees for workplace violence, the key is to create a plan, then train regularly upon that plan. One of our Preparis X-force consultants, Bill Hildebrand, knows the ins-and-outs about educating your teams on preventing workplace violence. Hildebrand served with the Atlanta Police Department for more than 20 years, and as a training coordinator with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, tasked with critical infrastructure protection. In his recent…

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Business Continuity Resources

Find business continuity resources, including free webinars, whitepapers, checklists, and tabletop exercises. Visit: Preparis Resources