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2013 Publications

A Developed Plan: Establishing Disaster Plans for Emergency Preparation
American School & University Magazine

Disaster strikes at any time, on any given day. It doesn’t wait for the school bell to ring, signaling the end of the day. Two recent disasters—the Boston Marathon bombing and the Oklahoma tornadoes—happened in the middle of the day, while schools were in session and filled with students. Whether a disaster is natural or manmade, having an emergency response plan in place will help education institutions be prepared no matter what crises they are facing.

Helping the Helpers: Building Resilience for Those on the Front Line
Campus Law Enforcement Journal

A crisis on campus can be frightening and life-altering for students and faculty, and for parents and the community receiving nuggets of confusing, and sometimes conflicting, information through the media. Once the situation has calmed down, the true heroes emerge: the campus and local police officers who rush to the scene of any crisis or mass casualty event the first responders on campus to help. The college and university administrators who work to inform and protect their students, employees and parents amid an unfolding situation. Even at its worst, a crisis situation can bring out the best in people. Campus disaster plans rightly focus on helping the victims of crisis, but there’s another layer to remember too – who’s helping the helpers, the people on the front lines of a response effort?

Emergency Planning: Effective Planning Key to Disaster Recovery
American School and Hospitality Facility Management

The tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma earlier this spring, as well as the Boston Marathon Bombing, brought to light, once again, that disasters can occur on any given day, in any given location. College and hospital campuses are no exception. Hurricane Sandy last October put New York hospitals on alert. Having an emergency plan in place—one your staff is familiar with—will not stop a disaster from happening, but will provide you with the necessary strategy to initiate a response to the crisis.

Imagine ‘What If’ Scenarios: Table Top Drills for Disaster Planning and Crisis Response
Facility Safety Management

A disaster can occur at any time on any day. Having an emergency plan in place that is familiar to your staff won’t stop a disaster, but I can provide the necessary strategy to initiate a crisis response. On way to familiarize them with the plan is to conduct a full-out mock crisis or disaster drill. But that takes planning and requires the time of everyone involved. When you plant is running three solid shifts of production, it’s hard to shut down and conduct a mock emergency. A quicker and just as effective method might be to conduct what we call a tabletop drill.

Wellness Focus Welcomed by Area Employers
Milwaukee Business Journal

For all the frustration expressed by the business community over the Affordable Care Act’s mandates and anticipated health insurance cost increases, there is at least one part of the law that has broad support — its employer-sponsored wellness program provisions. The ACA allows employers to offer larger incentives to employees to participate in wellness initiatives or achieve healthy outcomes, the idea being that healthier workers will need less medical care, thereby boosting company morale and productivity while lowering insurance costs.

Social Media and Business Continuity Planning
Risk Management Magazine

For years, news was shared through sound bites, reporter stand-ups and anchor chatter. The editorial process behind the business of news-gathering dictated a certain pace and also ensured a certain level of reliability and objective accuracy. Today, that approach has been replaced by one that is 140 characters long, and social media websites like Twitter and Facebook have become the most active and volatile method of dispersing information in a crisis.

Weighing In: Pros, Cons of On-site, Off-site EAPs
Employee Assistance Report

Employee assistance coordinators or benefit planners who wish to add an EAP component to complement their company health insurance plan face the decision of choosing between an on-site (i.e. internal) or off-site (i.e. external) model, or a hybrid of both. How does one know which option is best?

Same Planning, Different Disasters
Occupational Health & Safety

Whether you work in a factory, a bank, at a construction site, or for an airline, the process of planning for a disaster is virtually the same. Having a solid disaster plan with an Emergency Response Manual (ERM) is key to determining how a business survives and recovers. No matter the type of workplace, disaster planning should take an "all-hazards" approach that demonstrates the flexibility to respond to any disruption in business continuity.

Disaster Planning May Reduce Workplace Violence Liability
Employment Law Strategist

The concept of workplace violence is not new, but it has experienced a recent increase in awareness due, in part, to the string of incidents that have occurred since the Aurora, CO, movie theater shooting last July. Shortly after that tragedy, the Sikh Temple shooting occurred in Oak Creek, WI, followed by a grocery store shooting in New Jersey, then a shooting outside a workplace near the Empire State Building in New York City and the Minneapolis sign shop shooting. After a short lull, another shooting occurred in the workplace as a result of domestic violence, this time at a salon and day spa in Brookfield, WI.

Sarbanes-Oxley Turns 10
Alliance for Children and Families Magazine

Ten years ago, the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act forever changed the landscape of nonprofit accountability. Today, the anniversary presents an opportune time for organizations to revisit the act and its implications. Even for organizations that made necessary adjustments when the law was enacted, a reexamination will allow leaders to incorporate the latest tools and best practices for accountability.