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Posted on September 9, 2014 by

What You Need to Know about Enterovirus D68 to Keep Your Business Running

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is sweeping across the Midwest, already hospitalizing over one thousand children in as many as 10 states. Although this virus has been around since 1962, what is alarming about the current outbreak is the number of cases sending those infected to the hospital. In a press release issued by the CDC, this strain of enterovirus has rarely been reported in the US—only 79 total cases were reported between 2009 and 2013. Given these circumstances, here…

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Posted on September 2, 2014 by

September is National Preparedness Month 2014: Are You Prepared?

If a disaster struck tomorrow would you be ready? Would your company have a plan of action? If you answered “no” to these questions, then National Preparedness Month is definitely something to pay attention to. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the government has pushed the importance of emergency preparedness no matter the threat. Since its creation, National Preparedness Month has done just that. Sponsored by FEMA, the month is used as a teaching moment for organizations to…

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Posted on August 29, 2014 by

Radioactive Rice Draws Concern in Singapore

Fukushima-grown rice exports have hit grocery store shelves in Singapore this week. These are the first exports of rice grown in the area since the March 2011 radiation leak at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s nuclear plant. Although Singapore food safety measures are known to be some of the strictest in the world, there is still concern over the consumption of rice and other produce cultivated in Fukushima Prefecture. That concern is not unfounded. According to the most…

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Posted on April 21, 2014 by

Five Common Workplace Habits That Can Contribute to Cyberattacks

You’ve heeded the headlines of the latest hacker and hoax and may have even changed all of your passwords. Perhaps you experienced the heartburn from the “heart bleed bug” or other notorious nuisances.  Each worldwide threat, virus or breach gets increasingly complicated; but often the source for many contemporary cyberthreats is as simple as someone leaving a cell phone on the lunchroom counter. Since we advise people on matters of business continuity when major cyberattacks occur, we thought…

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Posted on April 15, 2014 by

Webinar – Preparing for Hurricane Season: Forecasts, Planning & Case Studies

Hurricane season can significantly impact the continuity of operations for a range of businesses – from retail to law and financial services firms – across the U.S.  Planning, training and testing your Business Continuity program in advance is key to ensuring your organization can successfully weather the storms. Join Preparis SVP of Business Continuity Doug Langley and guest Mike Smith, Chief Innovation Officer for AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, for an expert discussion on: – The 2014 hurricane forecast models -…

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Posted on April 15, 2013 by

7 Steps to Preparedness: Step #3 – Crisis Team Training

Effective emergency and crisis management is accomplished by establishing a culture of preparedness in your organization. To help, Preparis is proud to offer our “7 Steps to Preparedness” useful for reviewing your company’s Business Continuity Program, in both a checklist and eBook format for download. The first step is to conduct a vulnerability assessment and the second step is to develop emergency plans for your organization to use during the crisis management phase of an incident. To successfully…

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Posted on April 12, 2013 by

7 Steps to Preparedness: Step #2 – Developing Emergency Plans

Preparis is proud to offer a helpful checklist called “7 Steps to Preparedness” available for downloading to review your company’s Business Continuity Program in both a checklist and eBook. Effective emergency and crisis management is accomplished by establishing a culture of preparedness in your organization. The first step to conduct a vulnerability assessment and the second step is developing emergency plans for your organization to use during the crisis management phase of an incident. These emergency plans should…

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Posted on April 11, 2013 by

7 Steps to Preparedness: #1 – Conducting a Risk Assessment

If your business is looking to start building a comprehensive business continuity program, Preparis is here to help with our 7 Steps To Preparedness eBook and 7 Steps Checklist. The 7 steps concept is a great way to introduce and maintain a culture of preparedness within an organization. The first of the 7 steps is conducting a risk assessment – to be prepared, it is vital for your organization to understand the threats that your locations could face….

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Posted on April 4, 2013 by

2013 Best Emergency Preparedness Apps – App #4

Imagine having a first aid handbook at your fingertips wherever you go. One which tells you exactly what to do if someone is bleeding, burned, broken a bone, or gone into shock. Now, this app produced by the Red Cross makes first aid education accessible to anyone with an iPhone or Android. The app does not replace the need for proper, in-person training; instead, it stands as an incredibly useful tool to support first aid emergencies. This app…

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Posted on April 3, 2013 by

2013 Best Emergency Preparedness Apps – App #3

This week, Preparis is focusing on five of the best emergency preparedness applications. We looked at the FEMA and WISER apps to help prepare and respond to a disaster. Now, we’re looking to a potential resource needed in the event of an evacuation: shelter. As it’s part of the Red Cross Mission Statement to “alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies” they’re furthering their outreach through modern technology. The Red Cross Shelter View is a simple app…

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Business Continuity Resources

Find business continuity resources, including free webinars, whitepapers, checklists, and tabletop exercises. Visit: Preparis University