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14 Mar. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Key Members of the Emergency Response Team

The HQ Emergency Response Team has overall responsibility for managing company resources, analyzing information, and making corporate decisions. It is the control point for all incident-related activities. Senior Managers with authority to make corporate decisions should be represented. Administrative support staff will also be needed. The HQ Team should establish ongoing communications with the Corporate Team deployed on-site during a crisis situation.

1 Mar. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Practicing Situational Awareness

The recent violent events have led many of us to ask, “Am I safe where I work, shop, go to school, or watch a movie?” Many of us are left feeling a bit helpless in the face of all this violence. While nothing can make any of us absolutely safe, there are steps we can all take to make us safer.

21 Feb. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Developing Crisis Notification Procedures

Notification procedures should ensure immediate and efficient notification of key emergency response personnel. Depending on the size of your organization, notification and activation of response team members could be a very large task to handle and might take much more time than you have to spare. There are several resources and operational plans that can be utilized to ensure your notification process is manageable.

15 Feb. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Establishing a Crisis Command Center

Every organization should have a designated facility where the Emergency Response Team can gather during an emergency. Access to a Command Center headquarters should be restricted to company personnel with emergency response duties. The Command Center should be located in an area of the building not likely to be involved in, or heavily populated during, an accident. The room must be secured with lock or via electronic access. Space requirements should take into account the number of persons available to serve in each function.

8 Feb. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Early Identification of Employee Violence

When an employee’s job functioning is dropping or becoming inconsistent, it may indicate that the employee is wrestling with some kind of problem that could eventually erupt in some form of violence. The same may be said for any other form of major personality change. If a generally agreeable person becomes habitually argumentative there is the chance that whatever problems underlie this personality change may someday play out in the form of inappropriate workplace behavior. In order to decrease the likelihood of violence in the workplace, it is crucial for organizational leaders to be able to identify this type of behavior before it progresses.

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