Dr. David Levine Conducts Home Hospital Pilot Study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Hospital stays can yield to unintended consequences, especially in older patients. 20% of older patients will suffer delirium, one third will lose a functional status they will never regain, and 5-10% of older patients will contract a hospital acquired condition or fall while admitted to the hospital. To help mitigate these risks, Dr. David Levine, […]

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Crisis Communications Messaging Best Practices

One of the main objectives of a crisis communications plan is to ensure critical information will be efficiently communicated among responders and stakeholders during an incident. Incidents can take the shape of a wide variety of scenarios for different organizations in every vertical of industry, but all require timely and effective messaging and communication to […]

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Using Telemedicine for Concussion Management

Concussions among youth and professional athletes continue to be a popular trending topic, with legislature like The Lystedt Law passing, and class-action lawsuits against the NFL. In 2009, Washington became the first state to require concussion safety for youths who suffer a concussion while in public. One solution to improving treatment is using telemedicine right from the […]

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Community Policing: President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

Our nation’s law enforcement officers are operating in a time of conflict and turmoil where changing technologies, ideologies, and information sources have rapidly changed the way we all communicate and coexist. In order to ensure law enforcement strategies remained up-to-date with current societal trends, President Obama ordered the formation of a task force entrusted to […]

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Building a Better Emergency Management Plan Through Resident Opt-Ins

Does your organization have an emergency management plan? Whether you’re a serving a booming metropolitan area, small rural town, or anything in between, every type of community is susceptible to damages caused by uncontrollable external forces. Hurricanes, wildfires, flooding, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, any of these could devastate your community if you aren’t properly prepared beforehand […]

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Flu and Pandemic Preparedness: Expert Insights

Disease outbreaks and pandemics are inevitable.  Over the past 60 years, the number of new diseases has increased fourfold, and the number of large scale outbreaks has more than tripled since 1980. A large scale outbreak or pandemic poses an unusual threat to businesses and agencies as it decreases personnel output and availability rather than […]

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Community Policing: Combating the Opioid Crisis

Community policing has been a positive strategy for achieving a number of of desirable outcomes for law enforcement agencies. These outcomes include lowering local crime rates, improving public opinion of law enforcement, and boosting social media presence, just to name a few. Now, thanks to an experimental strategy tested in North Carolina, eliminating drug markets can […]

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Active Shooter Response Plan: The Immediate Response Phase

Your organization’s active shooter response plan should include numerous stages. Once the shooter has been neutralized, you’ll enter the immediate response/pre-recovery phase. In a recent white paper, “Active Shooter Incident Consequence Management & the Roadmap to Recovery,” Steven Crimando addresses the challenges that your organization may incur during this stage. Assembly and accountability of evacuees […]

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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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Community Policing with Everbridge Nixle

Community policing has been around long enough now that most everyone in the law enforcement community has at one time or another heard the phrase, read an article, or had specific community-oriented policies come about in their agency. One of the most basic tenets of the community policing theory revolves around opening up lines of communication with […]

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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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Active Shooter Preparedness: Communicating with Employees and Managing the Incident

During an active shooter incident, panic is inevitable. In a recent webinar, Steven Crimando discussed the issue of panic during this type of workplace violence incident, and how it is highly likely. Additionally, panicked individuals tend to only think of their own needs and survival. This is critical for your organization to understand when putting […]

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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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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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Crisis Management: Five Topics to Discuss at the Onset of a Crisis

When a crisis strikes, there are many actions organizations must take to minimize the impact on your business. In a recent webinar, Successful Crisis Management for Your Organization, Regina Phelps, Founder, Emergency Management and Safety Solutions, touched on five initial topics that you must consider when your organization experiences a crisis: People – The most […]

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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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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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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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