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Drop the Bullhorn, Pick Up the Phone – A Better Way to Organize Volunteer Relief in a Crisis

On June 24, 2013, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, megaphone in hand, greeted a throng of up to 6000 eager volunteers assembled at McMahon Stadium. All were there to assist, wherever and however they could, in a city and a province reeling from the worst natural disaster ever in its recorded history. Floodwaters had submerged Calgary’s core, including its municipal offices, …

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Crisis notification systems of comic superheroes

In times of despair, crisis notifications systems must be faster than a speeding bullet, stronger than a locomotive, and able to avoid all common day cellular obstructions. With millions of lives at stake, the most iconic superheroes were all summoned by their designated crisis notifications systems. Once the beacon was sent, the superheroes knew that every passing moment represented lives …

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The 5 essentials of crisis management

Being prepared for an emergency situation is vital for the survival of any business. Successful business owners understand that your response to a given circumstance can be what determines your success or failure. Proper management of an emergency situation involves the implementation of a pre-arranged crisis management plan. Having a plan of action available before a crisis takes place can …

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How to keep a dispersed workforce on the same page

Thanks to worldwide adoption of broadband internet and simplified, often free networking, file sharing, and videoconferencing tools, the geographically dispersed workforce has gone from a rarity to a fact of business life. Whether it saves an employee a 45-minute commute or allows businesses to hire a team member from another continent without forcing her to relocate, the benefits of telecommuting …

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An inside look at an incident command center

Natural and man-made incidents can happen at anytime and anyplace. Getting the word out on how to prepare for an incident is not always possible, especially in the wake of unpredictable situations such as terrorist attacks or earthquakes. In these situations, instructions normally come after the incident, which include evacuation details, emergency service details, and news updates. An Incident Command …