Clery Act Compliance: 8 Steps That Can Help

Are You Clery Act Compliance? Lack of Clery Act compliance can come with expensive consequences. One major institution learned this when they were handed a $2.4 million dollar fine for not meeting all of the requirements. So, for school’s looking to avoid these financial burdens – in addition to the negative impact to their reputation […]

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Replay: Active Shooter Preparedness Tabletop Exercise

Tabletop Exercise For Improved Active Shooter Response According to a study conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, active shooter incidents typically last around 12 minutes. Because of the rapid nature of these events, it is imperative that public safety agencies have sound response strategies in place. To ensure response is optimal, an effective way […]

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Community Policing: How to Evaluate Your Implementation Progress

If you are one of the thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country implementing community policing policies within your agency, you have probably already realized that implementing these policies is a long and complicated process. Community policing policy initiatives typically involve a vast array of individuals, including most or all sworn staff as well as a number […]

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OSHA Looking to Create Workplace Violence Guidelines

Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at a worksite.  There is no particular geography or organization that is immune to workplace violence or an active shooter situation and because of that, the state of readiness of everyone involved is increasingly important.  According […]

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Community Policing: Turn Connecting Into Problem Solving

Thousands of agencies across the country are already using community policing to develop meaningful connections and open up lines of communication with their residents. If you are not familiar with the philosophy behind community policing, you can learn more here. While building trust and developing a dialogue between residents and law enforcement officers can be enormously […]

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Mobile Hospital HICS Forms: How Crisis Commander Works

The Hospital Incident Command System (HICS IV) has been in national use for quite some time now, leading to more structured incident management at hospitals and better integration with local Emergency Services.  Most hospitals, however, are still using paper-based systems to implement HICS during tests, drills and emergencies.  There is a better way now, made […]

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Patient Care Communications in U.S. Emergency Departments

Patient care is under intense scrutiny, particularly in emergency departments across the U.S. As the Medicare/Medicaid guidelines tighten, hospital leaders are looking at ways to improve patient care and outcomes.  One of the key findings in a recent survey is that clinical communications can improve results. The survey reached over 158 emergency department leaders for […]

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How a Regional ENS Approach Can Improve Public Safety Communications

A large scale event that crosses municipal jurisdiction lines, requires a multi-agency response approach. A region’s public safety communication strategy should reflect that. It is important because residents often don’t work and reside in the same communities. In reality, they are moving fluidly between many towns, counties and or states. The National Capital Region (NCR) […]

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Community Policing through Community Engagement

As a law enforcement agency, your ability to connect with and engage the community is essential to it’s health and harmony. By establishing relationships with your community members and opening up the lines of communication, not only will it increase the public’s trust level with law enforcement, in some cases, it will encourage community members to […]

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Community Policing: How Social Media can Start the Conversation

“Community Policing” and “Law Enforcement and Social Media” may sound familiar to many members of the law enforcement community. That’s because they’re both extremely valuable tactics for police officers to utilize to connect with their residents, lower the crime rate in their jurisdiction, and even jump-start recruitment efforts. If you are unfamiliar with exactly what […]

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CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Comes with Penalties

With less than six months before implementation on the CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule, we’re hearing from many emergency planners that they are still grappling with what they need to do to meet the new criteria.  Despite growing urgency, many planners are waiting for the interpretive guidelines expected sometime “before summer.” Some even plan to wait until […]

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It’s Awards Season – Time To Celebrate Excellence

Everbridge Wins BCI European Award for Continuity & Resilience Innovation 2017   Earlier this month Everbridge attended the prestigious annual BCI European Awards ceremony and scooped the award for the Continuity and Resilience Innovation 2017. The ceremony took place in Edinburgh, UK, and was attended by the business continuity industry’s leading professionals. Everbridge won against […]

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Crisis Emergency vs. Routine Emergency

In a recent white paper, “Leadership at Times of Crisis,” Regina Phelps, internationally recognized expert in the field of crisis management, discussed the key areas leaders need to address during a crisis. One factor is distinguishing between a crisis emergency and a routine emergency.   What is a Routine Emergency? Phelps makes it clear that […]

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Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Guidelines: TJC vs. CMS

For the past nine months, the healthcare industry has been reviewing and implementing emergency preparedness plans to meet a November 2017 deadline set by CMS (the Centers for Medicare / Medicaid Services). Most hospitals receive accreditation under the Joint Commission, and many emergency planners are wondering what the difference is between the JC and CMS guidelines. […]

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It’s Business Continuity Awareness Week – Why Communication is Vital during a Cyberattack

15-19th May, 2017 is Business Continuity Week!   The annual Business Continuity Awareness Week (#BCAW2017) takes place this week. This year’s theme is cyber security and assisting business continuity professionals during cyberattacks or data breaches. Everbridge’s mission is to improve communication in the midst of a crisis – whether it be a threat to public […]

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Workplace Violence By the Numbers

Understanding the Workplace Violence Problem Workplace violence is a problem that cannot be ignored. No employer is immune from the problem and there is no way to completely prevent workplace violence from occurring.  A large part of workplace violence is understanding the problem. In a recent webinar with Everbridge, “An Executive Seminar on Workplace Violence […]

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UK’s Healthcare Ransomware Attack Could Affect US: What You Need to Know

Editor’s Note: Updates are at the bottom as the story unfolds.  As the news spread of the WannaCrypt ransomware attack across Europe, the UK health system was brought to a near standstill when healthcare staff could no longer access patient records.  Suddenly, dosage for medications, prior history, and other significant health events were locked away — hospitals […]

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Designing Business Continuity Training Exercises

Business continuity training exercises are a key aspect of any organization’s business continuity program. Exercises allow organizations to fine tune the actions necessary to ensure you can keep your employees safe and your business running. In her recent white paper, “Designing Training Exercises: Best Practices & Tips,” Regina Phelps outlines steps your organization can take […]

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Clery Act: What You Need to Report and Communicate

Clery Act Reporting and Communication Title XI, more commonly referred to as the Clery Act, has a laundry list of requirements which include reporting and communication of campus crimes and emergencies. A few Universities have been hit with major fines ($2.4 million from a major institution in 2016), penalties and lawsuits (as a result of […]

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Reimagining Your Business Continuity Program

A business continuity program is a staple for organizations that aim to continue to deliver products and/or services following a disruptive incident. However, if these programs do not evolve with time, they could become obsolete. In her white paper, “Trends in Business Continuity: Exploring the Past and Planning for the Future,” Regina Phelps, CEM, RN, BSN, […]

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Crisis Management: 7 Skills Required for Leaders

Last week, Regina Phelps presented a webinar, “Leadership During Times of Crisis,” where she touched on numerous topics, including seven essential crisis management skills all leaders should have when managing a crisis. Gain situational awareness – First, begin by gathering and assembling the key facts of the incident, which is often under conditions of great […]

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Workplace Violence Preparedness: Designing an Active Shooter Exercise

With most active shooter incidents being over in mere minutes, training exercises should be an integral part of an organization’s workplace violence preparedness program. However, prior to conducting an active shooter training exercise, Regina Phelps says in a recent white paper that there are four things that must be in place: Senior management support Workplace […]

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Expanding Duty of Care through Location-Awareness

With a significant portion of the workforce transition to mobile work – 72% by 2020 according to IDC, organizations must consider expanding duty of care in the coming years. Just because an employee is not located in an office building, does not mean organizations have any less of a responsibility to keep them safe. Where should organizations […]

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Business Continuity Program: Showing the TRUE Value

According to Regina Phelps, the dreaded question all business continuity professionals face is about ROI. In a recent white paper, “The True Value of Business Continuity: Shifting from ROI to VOI,” Phelps lays out the four questions executives will ask when a business continuity program is being developed: What’s the return on investment (ROI) of […]

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Workplace Violence Prevention Programs Must Include Mobile Workers

Last week, Steven Crimando, Principal, Behavioral Science Applications, presented a webinar “An Executive Seminar on Workplace Violence Prevention. One of the major themes Crimando hit on was mobile workers. In the past, workplace violence prevention largely related to employees who worked in a traditional office building. However, as a significant portion of the workforce shifts […]

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Webinar Replay and Transcript: 5 Steps to Clery Act Communication Compliance

5 Steps to Clery Act Communication Compliance Replay For the transcript see below. If you’d like to learn how Everbridge helps colleges and universities ensure Clery Act Compliance, visit our Clery Act page here. Zach Winn: Hi everyone and welcome to today’s webinar titled The Clery Act’s Emergency Communications Requirement: Five Steps to Compliance. This […]

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Changing Terror Tactics in Europe require a review of Critical Communications

The recent terrorist incident in London have shown that despite its rarity, terror strategies are evolving. Terrorists are resorting to ‘day to day’ resources such as cars, trucks and knives – having realised they no longer need sophisticated explosives to take lives by targeting places where people gather in numbers. These new methods are arguably more difficult […]

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Clery Act Communication Requirements

5 Steps to Compliance Lack of compliance with Clery Act can result in hefty fines for colleges and universities. In 2016, a major institution was hit with a $2.4 million dollar fine for not meeting one of the requirements. While not limited to just communication, the Act does have very strict requirements for Timely Warnings […]

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Webinar Preview: An Executive Seminar on Workplace Violence Prevention

Workplace violence prevention should be top of mind for organizations of all sizes due to the vast impact. According to SafetyCenter.org, an estimated two million American workers are victims of workplace violence annually, costing organizations approximately $120 billion. That said, it is critical executives have a full grasp on what policies and tactics should be […]

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Managing Incident Command Systems with an ENS for Improved Public Safety Communications

Public Safety Communications Need Effective Incident Command Systems Incident command systems are valuable for centralizing part of your public safety communications strategy. When a disaster strikes, you often need multi agency event response. Large scale events call for coordinated efforts that include local police, fire and emergency management from surrounding areas (e.g. towns, cities and/or […]

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Active Shooter Preparedness: Expand Your Definition of Workplace Violence

Last week, Everbridge partnered with Security Management and Steven M. Crimando, Principal, Behavioral Science Applications, to present a webinar, “Comprehensive Active Shooter Incident Management,” which covered numerous topics organizations must address to better prepare for an active shooter incident, including the need to expand the definition of workplace violence. Traditionally, workplace violence is categorized into […]

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Crisis Emergencies Require Different Capabilities

Earlier this month, Regina Phelps, (@ReginaPhelps), Founder of Emergency Management and Safety Solutions, joined Everbridge for a deep dive into the four elements of effective crisis management and crisis communications. During the webinar, Regina provided information organizations need to help create an effective crisis management team and crisis management process that can help you successfully manage […]

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