Spring thaw exposes flood anxieties and still-frozen emergency communications plans

With the anniversary of the Southern Alberta floods looming, are organizations now any better prepared for emergencies? CALGARY, ALBERTA– From cold snaps and ice storms to polar vortex windchill, Canadians are emerging from one of the coldest and snowiest winters in decades. It has been a long, bitter winter but are we really ready for spring? Questions around emergency preparedness are …

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After One of the Worst Winters Ever, the Spring Melt Prompts Better Emergency Communications Planning for Potential Flooding

Like most Canadians, you probably think this long and bitter cold winter has been the most extreme weather you’ve seen in years. And you’d be right. It’s no exaggeration because it literally has been the worst winter in decades. Record-breaking temperature drops, blizzards and ice storms have immobilized urban centres all season. Winnipeg recorded its second coldest winter on record …

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Are Natural Disasters Actually Becoming More Common, or Does It Just Feel That Way?

Recently, it seems like every time one turns on CNN or checks their social media sites, they are bombarded by the news of a natural disaster somewhere in the world. Massive earthquakes, 20 foot high tsunamis, raging wildfires, devastating hurricanes, severe droughts, and exploding volcanoes.  What’s going on? Are there really more disasters happening now then there were a generation ago? Depending on how …

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Internal Communications and the Impacts on Disaster Management

Disasters present the ultimate challenge to emergency response capability. Time is of the essence, the usual communication pathways are generally disrupted, and the speedy mobilization of emergency equipment and responders may mean the difference between life and death. Even when the stakes are a lot less dramatic, an organization’s lack of effective crisis communication can have long-term negative impacts particularly …

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Did Corporate Calgary Learn Its Lesson from the Flood? Maybe Not

Ipsos Reid study identifies critical gaps in corporate emergency response plans Calgary, AB – Calgary organizations are at-risk with their emergency response plans (ERP) and are not fully prepared for natural disasters or emergencies, according to a new Ipsos Reid study. The research study included telephone interviews with almost one-third of Calgary-based organizations that have more than 100 employees and were directly impacted …

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Nenshi vs Ford: A tale of two cities’ disaster response

Comparisons between Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi and Toronto’s Rob Ford started years ago when each was elected mayor. Now, with 2013’s record breaking floods in their respective cities, they again are under public scrutiny for their handling of the disaster responses. Toronto’s July 8th flash flood swamped commuters and knocked out power for almost 500,000 people, while Alberta’s June river flood …

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A lesson in herding cats during a storm

A few adages come to mind. Expect the unexpected. Practice what you preach. Drink your own kool-aid. We failed at all three. Our company, RallyEngine, founded last fall, has quietly been developing a powerful and streamlined app-based internal communications tool. It can instantly locate team members and provide critical information to widespread or hard-to-reach people and teams in real-time via …

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How do you tell 100,000 employees to stay home?

There have been numerous natural and manmade disasters over the last year. Each one pulls into focus the need for organizations to quickly and efficiently locate their people to ensure that they are okay, and to alert them of danger, road or office closures, and even evacuations. The RallyEngine team is experiencing this firsthand today. Most members of our team …