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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 January 6, 2014 by

Wall Street Journal Reports on the Need for Ongoing Risk Assessment

The Wall St. Journal’s Morning Risk Report today discussed the need for continual, ongoing assessment of the threats to your business. “Whenever a company went through its last assessment or met its last compliance requirement, that was just a point in time,” said Erik Bataller of the risk management company, Neohapsis. “It’s one of the things we need to work toward from a compliance perspective…we see it in the cloud world, the real time development, the real time…

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Posted on November 15, 2013 by

Business Continuity Throughout Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy left millions of people without power and caused billions of dollars in damage. However, many businesses were able to weather the storm because of the planning and preparation their core business continuity teams did before Sandy slammed into New York City. There are several fantastic stories of how companies survived and thrived during this incidents. Here are a few examples from BC program managers at law firms such as Alston & Bird, Fried Frank, and Wilmer…

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Posted on September 20, 2013 by

Preparing for Active Shooters at Law Firms

In 2013, there have been three incidents of active shooters opening fire in law firms. In January, an attorney in Arizona was shot and killed along with his client. In June, a man was shot getting into his car outside a law firm in North Carolina. Most recently, a disgruntled client fired several rounds at an attorney’s building in Louisiana before taking his own life. But as the world learned again on Sept. 16, even government offices aren’t…

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Posted on September 17, 2013 by

Increased Active Shooter Incidents Call for Training & Expert Tips on Prevention

The tragic Navy yard shooting in Washington D.C. moved me to review what one of Preparis’ experts in this field told me about things that can be done to help prevent such a terrible act.  The perpetrator “seemed to be a good natured guy,” according to someone who knew him. While certain behaviors can raise warning flags, there is no specific profile that identifies perpetrators of workplace violence. No one type of conduct can predict whether someone will…

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Posted on September 3, 2013 by

Why Your Business Should Play 30 Days 30 Ways

September is National Preparedness Month, and you and your organization can play along with Preparis in the 30 Days 30 Ways challenge. This game was developed by Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) with more than 50 emergency management agencies participating as a way for people to share information about emergency preparedness. Businesses especially need to have an all-hazards approach to be ready for any incident, as a poorly handled crisis could hurt your company’s revenue, brand, or…

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Posted on August 28, 2013 by

7 Steps to Business Preparedness

Incident management, business continuity, and disaster recovery programs all begin with a single step: the day your organization commits to establishing a culture of preparedness. But what comes next can be tricky. How do you take all those plans and develop a comprehensive continuity of operations program? September is National Preparedness Month, which is a great time to ensure your business is ready to handle any crisis. Join Preparis as we discuss the 7 Steps to Preparedness. From…

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Business Continuity Resources

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