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How To Plan To Keep Communications Open After Disaster Strikes

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by Judy K. Bell, CEM Disaster Survival Planning Network PROCEEDINGS: 1993 NATIONAL EARTHQUAKE CONFERENCE; Earthquake Hazard Reduction in the Central and Eastern United States: A Time for Examination and Action. May 2-5, 1993, Volume 1, pp. 339-348 ABSTRACT Experience has taught us after every major earthquake that the public telephone network will be congested. Both the increased volumes caused by…

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Communications Assessment Questionnaire

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Communications Assessment Questionnaire by Judy K. Bell, CEM Disaster Survival Planning Network 1. Who is responsible for ensuring that back-up communications are established? 2. What are your existing communications capabilities? A. Voice________________________________________________ B. Data_________________________________________________ C. Image Transmission____________________________________ 3. Take an inventory of your existing back-up communications: A. Radio_______________________________________________ B. Cellular______________________________________________ C. Amateur Radio________________________________________ D. Datafax______________________________________________ E. Public Telephones_____________________________________ F. Essential…

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Basic Communications Instructions Before & After an Earthquake

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Disaster Survival Planning Network Before the Disaster: Designate a contact point at work for messages if employees will need to let you know their status. Have each employee provide you and their family an out-of-area contact name and number. This may be the only way to reunite employees with their families or let relatives know someone is injured. Have employees…

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Business Continuity Overview

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Disaster Survival Planning Network (DSPN) Defining the Project Every organization is unique in its structure, culture, processes, products and services, and physical facilities. To build an effective disaster recovery plan, each organization needs to create documents that will fit their own unique requirements and train key personnel for the kinds of disasters that they anticipate. Copying other organizations’ plans, or…

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Online Project Management – Is there any other way?

By | Article, Occupational Health and Safety

The age of collaboration is upon us. The Internet has made it possible to reach countless numbers of people with the click of the mouse – and in so doing, has made project management more efficient, convenient, and less time consuming. In fact, my entire business has evolved from a traditional EHS consulting practice to a professional project management firm…

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School District – Microbial Investigation

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CSC’s industrial hygienists conducted microbial investigation at a major school district in southern California. Apparently, the district uses modular units for classrooms, which were placed directly on soil. Few teachers, as well as, some parents complained of more than usual sickness and upper respiratory discomfort. Our investigation included a visual, as well as, analytical sampling for laboratory analysis. The sampling…

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Long-Term Recovery: Getting Back to Normal

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by Judy K. Bell, CEM Disaster Survival Planning Network In past disasters businesses, schools, and public agencies set up temporary operations immediately after a disaster any way and anywhere they could. In the first weeks following the Northridge earthquake, makeshift cardboard signs were used extensively to convey critical information about hours of business and temporary locations. Signs were painted on…

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How to Decrease Turnover and Increase Employee Retention

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Here are five principles embraced by the world’s best-run companies that decrease turnover and increase employee retention. Principle #1: Capture the Heart Excellence is impossible with a disengaged heart. As Hal Rosenbluth, CEO of Rosenbluth Travel says, “The highest achievable level of service comes from the heart, so the company that reaches its people’s heart will provide the very best…

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