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Fire Prevention, Preparedness & Safety
National Fire Prevention Week has been observed since 1922 in the week in which Oct. 9 falls to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred Oct. 8-10 and killed more than 300 people. October also is National Fire Prevention Month. Each year at this time we like to focus on fire safety, prevention, and preparedness. Take a look at these articles to see how to prepare and stay safe at work and at home. Don't take your safety for granted.
Meeting & Event Emergency Management Planning
Every event or meeting is both an opportunity for success and a possible potential for failure; you just never know what might happen. Planning can help ensure success or, at least, help deal with disasters to avoid catastrophe. These articles identify many possible pitfalls and ways to overcome them.
Recovering from a Data Breach or other Cyber Attack
Statistically speaking, as you read this, you could become the victim of a data breach or cyber attack. We hope that is not the case. But, given the prevalence of such attacks, you should certainly have a plan of how to deal with one should an attack happen. If you have been hacked, you might want to read Item #6. If not, the other articles could be helpful to you.
Terrorism in the Workplace
Workplaces are good targets for terrorism. There may be activities or policies that prompt terror attacks, but sometimes workplaces are chosen as targets simply because many people are there. And sometimes the terrorist is an insider about whom nobody saw suspicious behavior. Regardless of the causes or actors, there are things you can do to mitigate your risk or prevent terrorist attacks and to learn how to recognize potential problems and deal with people afterward. These articles provide some help.
It would be wonderful if we could solve all problems in the workplace before they occur, but this is not likely to happen. What we can do, however, is pay attention to the issues that may arise and learn how to mitigate or avoid them. That's what these articles attempt to help us with.
Preparedness and Planning for It
September will be the 14th annual National Preparedness Month. This year's theme is "Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How." Having a plan for dealing with disasters is the most important thing, and these articles can help you focus on ways to prepare your business, your employees, and everyone's families for various disasters and situations.
Organizational Reputation Management
I don't think anyone would argue against the fact that reputation matters. But we may not be aware of how much it matters and how important it is to understand and keep control of corporate reputation. A tarnished reputation can make it difficult not just to get clients or customers, but it will make it harder to attract and keep good employees. The bottom line is that a tarnished reputation will impact your bottom line; you need to keep it polished.
How is Your Business Continuity Planning Doing?
Most of you are aware that business continuity planning can be the difference between life or death for your company in the event of a serious disruption or disaster. If you have a plan, great; but is it up to date? If you don't have a plan, you need one. These articles can be helpful to you regardless of your situation, giving you help in getting started or causing you to re-think what you're already doing and to consider some things you hadn't thought of.