What Can the Missing F35B Jet Teach Us About Emergency Planning?

“Hey, have you seen my fighter jet?” Last week, the general public and the national media were baffled by an announcement from the Marine Corps that a military aircraft had gone missing. And not just any aircraft—an F35B Lightning II, an elite stealth fighter jet labeled by its maker Lockheed-Martin as “the most lethal, stealthy Read more about What Can the Missing F35B Jet Teach Us About Emergency Planning?[…]

Lessons From the Lahaina Wildfire

The beautiful paradise of Maui was on fire. When I close my eyes and think about Maui, I see lush vegetation, gorgeous sun-swept vistas, and a relaxed, life-loving vibe. I picture leis, grass skirts, and ukuleles. Thinking of any portion of Hawaii devastated by a wildfire is jarring and tragic. Nonetheless, as risk managers, when Read more about Lessons From the Lahaina Wildfire[…]

When Do I Need to Re-“Fit-Test” My Respirator?

Fit testing is an essential function of any good respirator program. And the failure to wear a properly-fitted respirator can result in your ultimate demise. When we conduct respirator training or perform fit-testing, we instruct participants on when to retest. This is especially if certain events occur, such as dental surgery or weight loss. Often, Read more about When Do I Need to Re-“Fit-Test” My Respirator?[…]

A reminder from Hurricane Ian—How is your emergency water looking?

The Storm of the Century If you’re like me, you were inundated with news of Hurricane Ian tearing through Florida last week. After devastating Puerto Rico and Cuba, Ian jumped to a Category 5 hurricane, with gale-force 155 mile-per-hour winds and double-digit feet of storm surge as it barreled down on the southwest coast of Read more about A reminder from Hurricane Ian—How is your emergency water looking?[…]

Old technology is the key to increasing cover against active shooters

Tell your school to take our Active Shooters Course. Are you a Parent? Take our Active Shooter Course designed for you. It is easy to fall in love with new technology. A fancy gadget might provide some new capability you have never had before. An upgraded app or model could allow you to work faster. Read more about Old technology is the key to increasing cover against active shooters[…]

Do You Need A Medical Surveillance Program?

You may be surprised to learn that almost every organization needs a medical surveillance program. OSHA and Cal OSHA require a number of different safety and health programs. Many of these programs require annual or triannual reviews of the employees. The purpose of these reviews is to measure the impact of particular substances or hazards Read more about Do You Need A Medical Surveillance Program?[…]

Are Apple AirTags tracking students illegally?

For the love of technology! Have you ever noticed that technology always seems to have a dark side? We get excited about all the latest toys and gadgets. We must have the next big thing. The problem there is that we will dive into new tech without considering the unintended consequences of using them. One Read more about Are Apple AirTags tracking students illegally?[…]

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Active Shooters – How to deal with stranded students

Dealing with an active shooter event feels undeniably horrifying. Knowing that a student is out there all alone creates an overwhelming sense of darkness descending. As bad as that is, emergency responders, administrators, and risk managers must be prepared to teach, train, and deal with this scenario. Active shooter events are, by their nature, extremely Read more about Active Shooters – How to deal with stranded students[…]

UC Berkeley releases addresses of earthquake vulnerable buildings – and why you shouldn’t care.

UC Berkely shook the LA basin with their report of concrete buildings which did not meet the rigors of building codes and could collapse during an earthquake.  Parents of school children read the report, researched their children’s schools and rushed to the District offices to allay their concerns.  The report has caused an uproar among Read more about UC Berkeley releases addresses of earthquake vulnerable buildings – and why you shouldn’t care.[…]