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2 May. 2018 Posted by aadams

Helping the Everyday Helper: A Crisis Management Must-Have

Daniel J. Potterton, FEI Chief Operating Officer

Crisis management teaches us to prepare for the unexpected and consider every imaginable risk. Sometimes overlooked, however, are the means and resources needed for taking care of individuals tasked with helping during unimaginable situations.

When designing, writing and reviewing organizational crisis management and disaster recovery plans, be sure to include support for the everyday helpers.

18 Apr. 2018 Posted by ameulendyke

Supporting Those Impacted: Communicating During and After Tragedy

Michael Bugenhagen, FEI Business Development Manager

When we think of a mass shooting, or any event that causes a significant number of injured or killed, news reports typically cover what happened, the immediate public safety response and conversations with those involved. What we do not see is the amount of work needed to simply communicate with victims, and more specifically, families.

To assist with the recovery of all involved, organizations should consider their ability to establish a dedicated call center staffed with individuals experienced in trauma response in the aftermath of a crisis event.

4 Apr. 2018 Posted by aadams

Medical Emergencies at Work: What Do You Do?

Marcia O’Boyle, FEI EAP Services Center Manager

Workplace medical emergencies can quickly overwhelm, especially when a friend or co-worker suddenly becomes ill.

Calling 911 is a good first step, but approaching workplace emergencies takes careful consideration, coordination and planning. Ask the right questions and establish your organization’s policies and procedures before an emergency situation develops.

21 Mar. 2018 Posted by aadams

De-Stigmatizing Mental Illness with Relationships and Respect

Raquelle Solon, FEI Business Solutions Engineer

Though major gains have been made in the de-stigmatization of mental health issues, the connection between mental illness and violent activity is once again at the forefront of national conversation. But what are we doing about it?

Perpetrators of violence are often found to have felt disrespected, bullied and alone. Through healthy relationships and mutual respect, our environments—workplace or otherwise—can blossom into cultures of dignity and kindness.

7 Mar. 2018 Posted by aadams

Disaster Recovery and the Kindness of Social Relationships

Randall Kratz, FEI Senior Account Manager

Compassion, kindness and our capacity to help others during times of crisis comprise the core of successful disaster recovery. Unique to human beings is how our brains have evolved to prioritize social relationships and, during critical incidents, provide psychological first aid.

The more connections we have and the stronger our bonds, the more likely we are to thrive both physically and emotionally before, during and after a crisis event.