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Workplace Violence

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 August 27, 2015 by

Building Security Is Your First Line of Defense in Active Shooter Incidents

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Commercial Facilities Sector-Specific Plan, there are approximately 740,000 commercial office buildings in the US, providing 12 billion square feet of space to roughly 29 million workers. With that much real estate, property owners and managers are constantly held accountable for a number of services to ensure a safe work environment for their tenants, such as regular structural maintenance. But when it comes to active shooter incidents, there is often tension surrounding…

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Posted on August 12, 2015 by

3 Takeaways from the Wrigley Field Bomb Threat

After Sunday night’s Cubs-Giants game, players, media, grounds crew, and all remaining fans were instructed to evacuate Wrigley Field due to a bomb threat. Police and K9 units searched the ballpark, and within an hour, gave the all-clear. The Cubs were quick to release a statement to the public indicating no evidence was found to prove the threat credible, and all scheduled events at the ballpark will continue as planned. While the majority of bomb threats are not…

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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 May 1, 2015 by

Preparis X-Force Column: Preventing and Preparing for Workplace Violence

The fact that you even recognize the phrase “workplace violence” indicates how much a part of our culture it has become.  While workplace violence is not new and overall rates of homicide and armed assault have actually declined considerably in the United States, the topic is and should be of great concern to us.  The trauma victims suffer and the impact on the ability of organizations to function effectively can be dramatically impacted by workplace violence. Other consequences…

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Posted on April 13, 2015 by

Life Safety Made Easy for Property Managers

A recent gas explosion in New York City’s East Village neighborhood caused three apartment buildings to collapse and burst into flames and one other to catch fire. The traumatic event killed two people and left many others with severe injuries. Not only is there considerable damage to be repaired, but now the building’s owners could be facing manslaughter charges after allowing illegal plumbing work to be performed. Gas was allegedly being supplied from one building to another, and this…

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Posted on March 11, 2015 by

Does He Work Here? 9 Ways to Avoid an Office Creeper Situation

Many offices require employees to have some type of security badge to access their workplace. Airports are no different with workers using their badges to access restricted areas and bypass security checkpoints. According to a report by NBC, around 1,400 of those badges were lost or stolen from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International—the nation’s busiest airport. The report also revealed that badges aren’t the only items that turn up missing at airports. Airline shirts, pilot’s uniforms, and TSA identification were…

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Posted on January 15, 2015 by

The Sony Hack in Review: Responding to Threats

Sony’s decision to cancel the December 25 release of The Interview in theaters received intense criticism as many viewed it as an act of cowardice, especially since government officials believed there was no evidence at that time to indicate the threat to moviegoers was credible. Despite the disapproval, Sony’s response to this and the numerous other threats they received was in the best interest of the safety of their company, their employees, and the American public, according to their released statement….

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Posted on December 15, 2014 by

Australian Hostage Crisis a Shocking Reminder to Plan for the Worst

Employees and patrons entering the Lindt Chocolat Café in Sydney, Australia, early Monday morning had no idea how dangerous the series of events ahead of them were about to turn. Gunman Man Haron Monis, reportedly a jihadist suspected of murder and sexual assault, held at least a dozen people hostage as he demanded to speak directly to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, among a long list of other demands. The situation has persisted for over 16 hours, resulting in…

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Posted on December 26, 2013 by

The Holiday Creeper

Did your company host a holiday party this year? Preparis did and we were in for quite the surprise visitor! At an offsite location, in a room full of coworkers and their spouses, slipped in a stranger. He made his way quietly through the buffet line, put on one of our silly props, and sat a table by himself and began to eat our food. Everyone began whispering, wondering if he was someone’s date, but no one recognized…

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