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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 13, 2016 by

Preventing and Preparing for Workplace Violence

The landscape of the workplace is changing and not necessarily for the better when it comes to violence. Professionals in every industry have growing concerns for the safety of their employees and are looking for ways to prepare for and respond to a workplace violence incident. Your business’ biggest asset is your people and having a plan to keep them safe should be an intricate part of your business continuity plan. Preparis ensures you and your business are…

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Posted on January 5, 2016 by

Darth Vader Needed a Business Continuity Program to Save the Death Star

As a huge Star Wars fan, I can’t wait to see The Force Awakens.   In anticipation of the big event, I re-watched the three first Star Wars films from 30+ years ago.  In the first film, A New Hope, the Galactic Empire built the Death Star to rule the galaxy.  The size of a small planet, it was impenetrable.  It could move, it could blow up planets, and it had a protective force field.  The defining moment in…

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Posted on December 16, 2015 by

Avoid the Naughty List: Follow Santa’s 6 Rules for Business Continuity Planning

Santa has one of the most difficult jobs there is: delivering joy to every girl and boy in a single night. With the millions of required deliveries, he doesn’t have time to take chances on something going wrong. While the elves are hard at work making toys throughout the year, we assume Santa keeps busy designating which names end up on the Naughty and Nice lists. However, Santa has one other important list to double check throughout the…

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Posted on December 10, 2015 by

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity: Why You Need Plans for Both

In the business continuity profession, there are seemingly dozens of acronyms used to describe a multitude of intricacies within the industry: BIA, IMP, EAP, CMT, ICS—you get the idea. For many charged with the added responsibility of managing risks at their organization, it is easy to interchange a few of these terms. Two of the more common ones confused for each other are disaster recovery plans (DRPs) and business continuity plans (BCPs). Here, we’ve explained the difference between…

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Posted on October 7, 2015 by

The 10 Habits of Highly Resilient Organizations

Part of what I love about my job is visiting with customers of all sizes and a variety of industries around the world and seeing firsthand the different ways they approach business continuity and cybersecurity.  Just as no two companies are alike, no two programs are exactly alike.  A company’s mission, culture and leadership philosophies always drive the way a company addresses risk. These are 10 habits I’ve observed consistently from well-prepared organizations. 1. Leadership Buy-in It’s easy…

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Posted on September 2, 2015 by

National Emergency Preparedness Month and the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge

September is widely recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM). As such, there are several ways you can participate to ensure you, your family, and your business are prepared for all threats. Outside of the programs associated with NPM, one growing platform is the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge. Here are a few ways your organization can get involved with these efforts and become more prepared for an emergency. National Preparedness Month Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency…

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Posted on August 24, 2015 by

Flu Season Is Here: Working around a Reduced Workforce

It’s that time of year again, where students trade in their late mornings and long summer days for bus rides and homework. The excitement surrounding the first few days of school is almost palpable, as students grow accustomed to their new routines, meet new people, and learn new things; yet, there’s one thing most people—parents especially—do not look forward to: the “back-to-school plague.” According to the CDC, children in elementary school on average get eight to twelve colds…

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Posted on June 11, 2015 by

Rowdy Crowd Clashes with Police at Summer Jam Concert

Chaos erupted at a concert in New Jersey over the weekend when a restless crowd tried to forcefully enter the venue. Authorities say attendees tried to illegally enter the Summer Jam hip-hop concert at Met Life stadium, forcing police in riot gear to try to contain the disruptive group. Witnesses of the event painted a different picture saying concert attendees were upset because it was taking too long to go through security. One witness says everyone that was…

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Posted on May 21, 2015 by

5 Things to Do to Avoid Avian Flu

The “worst outbreak of avian flu in US history” has swept across the Midwest, forcing the killing of 38.9 million birds and counting. This particular strain of bird flu, H2N2, was first confirmed in Washington, but has now reached 15 states and 174 farms. Chickens and turkeys are highly susceptible to the virus, and because there is no vaccine available, infected and even healthy birds must be killed to stop the virus from spreading. Avian flu does not…

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