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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 November 10, 2014 by

Ebola Virus Disease: Fact vs. Fiction

Recent news headlines have been inundated with updates on Ebola. Here at Preparis we pride ourselves on helping businesses prepare for any threat, a part of that includes providing factual information. There seems to be a great deal of content surrounding the current Ebola outbreak which may lead to confusion. With that being said, we have created an infographic including facts on the virus as well as common misconceptions. You can download the complete infographic by clicking on the picture…

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Posted on October 23, 2014 by

5 Things to Know about Chagas Disease

Roughly 8 million people across Latin America have Chagas disease, a potentially fatal disease caused by the American trypanosomiasis parasite, commonly known as the “kissing bug” as it typically bites humans around the mouth. In the past, the disease was generally contained to the affected Latin American communities; however, with the increased mobility to and from endemic areas*, the number of Chagas cases has grown in the US. The CDC estimates 300,000 people in the US are currently…

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Posted on August 19, 2014 by

Ebola and Business Continuity: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Unexpected

Much of the news coverage of the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak is targeted toward health officials—how to transport patients, how to care for patients, even how to dispose of patients’ bodies—along with some superficial guidance on how to reduce personal exposure to the virus. To date, there has been little discussion on what to do in a business setting should an employee, coworker, tenant, or client be suspected of contracting the disease. Here, we have outlined three…

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Posted on February 27, 2014 by

Pandemic Planning for Banks

Banks must not only “check the box” when it comes to a variety of business continuity compliance requirements, but clients depend on a bank’s ability to continue the delivery of services regardless of an interruption – including pandemic events. I had the opportunity to attend the Alabama Bankers Association’s Bank Operations and Management Summit on February 5th to speak with members of the banking industry. A common point of concern for many bankers is pandemic planning. The Federal…

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Posted on September 27, 2013 by

What the Preparis Yeti Learned from National Preparedness Month

As the 10th annual National Preparedness Month comes to a close, those of us at Preparis (including our Yeti) reflect on the lessons learned during such an important month. NPM began in 2004 sponsored by FEMA with the goal of encouraging people and businesses throughout the country to better prepare themselves in the event of a disaster. Commercial real estate professionals are not exempt from preparation. With buildings and tenants to look after, property and asset managers must…

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Posted on September 25, 2013 by

How a Property Manager Can Be Yeti Ready

If I were to tell you that there is a giant, ferocious Yeti lurking around your property, you would probably call me crazy – but it is true. The Preparis Yeti represents the ubiquitous and unanticipated threats that are posed to your building. Chances are that you are familiar with these threats: Natural disasters Fires Floods Tornadoes Hurricanes Earthquakes Workplace violence Active shooter Bomb threat Explosions Bullying & harassment Intimidating presence If you view each of these threats…

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Posted on April 11, 2013 by

Pollen Attacks the South

Springtime can be one of the most beautiful times of year. Azaleas are blooming, birds are singing, horses are racing at the derbies…yet microscopic particles swirling in yellow clouds wreak havoc on millions of sinuses. From Atlanta to Austin, pollen from trees, grass and weeds has unleashed a wave of yellow across the South. On Thursday, April 11, the pollen count soared in Georgia peaking at 8,024 particles of pollen per cubic meter of air, the third highest…

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Posted on January 16, 2013 by

Winter Illness Not Caused By Cold Weather

Everyone seems to get sick during the winter. Coughs, colds, flu, and other winter illness abound this time of year and last until spring when allergy season takes over. Why is this? Is there something intrinsic these three months that causes disease? The “common knowledge” is that cold weather depresses the immune system and makes you more vulnerable to disease. In reality, there is no evidence to suggest that the cold weather alone is responsible for the rise…

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Posted on January 11, 2013 by

How to Prevent Flu in the Workplace

A particular strain of the influenza virus has spread to 47 states resulting in more than 2,000 people being admitted to hospitals. Boston has been one of the hardest hit cities reporting more than 700 people sick from the flu. During the same time period in 2012, there were only 70 reported cases in the city. On Wednesday, Jan. 9, Mayor Thomas Menino declared a public health emergency for Boston which gives the local government power to quarantine…

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Business Continuity Resources

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