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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 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 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 August 5, 2015 by

Typhoon Soudelor Can Affect More than Your Business Travel Plans

The largest typhoon of 2015 is en route to eastern China, stopping by Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan along the way. On Monday, it reached super typhoon status, meaning it had sustained wind speeds of at least 150 mph. Although now downgraded from its super typhoon status, Typhoon Soudelor is still considered a Category 3 hurricane with sustained wind speeds of up to 120 mph. To put that into perspective, Hurricane Katrina, which caused an estimated $45 billion…

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Posted on July 29, 2015 by

Avoid “Stagefright” Hack: Protecting Your Android from the Text Message Virus

On July 27th, Android phone users were warned of a newly-discovered vulnerability affecting the media playback tool built into their phones’ operating systems. If manipulated, this tool, called Stagefright, would allow hackers to control phones remotely and steal data, potentially without ever being noticed. Hackers could gain access by sending a video text message packaged with malicious software. Once the message is received—regardless of it being opened by the recipient—the virus is activated as Stagefright automatically scans the…

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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 July 16, 2015 by

Pardon the Interruption: Crisis Communications during a Protest

Thirteen climate change activists from Plane Stupid, a direct action organization protesting the recently-approved expansion of Heathrow Airport, cut through a perimeter fence at the airport and chained themselves together in peaceful protest. The demonstration interrupted flight operations for 3 hours, ultimately causing 22 flight delays and 13 cancellations. Beyond the reduction in traveler sentiment, Heathrow stands to lose millions of dollars from this incident, and now gaps in their security measures are being called into question. Another…

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Posted on July 13, 2015 by

3 Questions to Guide Your Business Response to Flooding

Record breaking rainfall has saturated much of the United States with flooding. In fact, there are 124 locations across the Central US that are currently experiencing minor to major flooding, and that number may continue to rise as severe thunderstorms continue in the Northeast. Floods cause more damage than any other natural disaster in the United States because they can happen anywhere at any time. According to FEMA, everyone lives and works in a flood zone—there is either…

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Posted on June 24, 2015 by

Ensuring Life Safety in the Midst of a Storm

Extreme thunderstorms have bombarded much of the Midwest and Northeast this week, carrying with them devastating winds, rainfall, hail, and tornadoes.  While evidence of the current hurricane season continues to produce damaging weather, it is important that everyone takes the appropriate steps to protect lives and property. Not only should this preparation include ways to combat severe storms; it should also include measures to prepare for, respond to, and overcome secondary weather-related threats. As a building owner or property manager,…

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Posted on May 13, 2015 by

“Overarching Complacency” in Cybersecurity Leads to Big Data & Big Dollar Loss

Affected consumers outraged over last year’s Home Depot massive data breach filed a class action lawsuit this month claiming company leadership did nothing to mitigate identified security risks, which were ultimately exploited by cyber criminals. This “overarching complacency,” according to the lawsuit, included understaffing IT departments, ignoring SEC filings that admitted risks to consumer privacy and security, and violating their own policies of protecting customers’ personal identification information, among other reasons. If history is any indication, Home Depot…

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