Whether your business has experienced a disaster or if it just so happens to fall into the "not yet" category, an unexpected crisis can happen at any time. Taking a deeper look now into the personality traits of your crisis leadership will help you determine if your disaster response teams have what it takes to be effective when you need them most.
Asbestos is a commercial name, not a mineralogical definition. Made up of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals, asbestos is most often used commercially for its high tensile strength, flexibility, resistance to chemical and thermal degradation, and electrical resistance. These minerals have been used for decades in thousands of commercial products, such as insulation and fireproofing materials, automotive brakes and textile products, and cement and wallboard materials.
Winter is upon us once again. While snow and ice are a good thing for skiing and ice skating, they are often not a good thing for your pipes and property. Take for example, water damage. Because freezing pipes expand, colder temperatures often cause pipe seals to break and/or pipes to crack. In a matter of minutes, your property can end up exposed to severe water damage. Snow or ice damage is also another winter hazard for any cold-climate business.
When disaster strikes, chaos can ensue making it difficult to concentrate on what needs to be done to recover. As an entrusted leader of your higher education organization, you know that it is your first responsibility to keep your faculty, staff and students safe. You also know that you are responsible for securing your facility and the assets within. Included below are some steps you can take to help you prepare for the unexpected, as well as respond to the aftermath.
BCP can expand to many meanings. "Better Cover your Posterior." Or "Before Loss, Current Loss and Post Loss." Or how about this one? "Be Crisis-Proofed." However you state it, Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is here to stay and is rapidly growing in risk management importance for organizations. To borrow a quote from Alan Lakein: "Failing to plan is planning to fail." This blog represents the first in a series explaining and exploring the nuts and bolts of BCP.
When you work in a hospital, or other medical center, you have systems in place to handle a wide variety of healthcare issues and events, ranging from relatively small patient concerns to life and death situations. The same should be true when pre-planning for physical plant disaster. With careful disaster planning, preparation and training, your staff will feel confident that they can meet these challenges.
Whether you are an insurance adjuster, risk manager, broker or other insurance professional, at some point you may come across a project/situation that you cannot resolve yourself. More importantly, you may encounter a circumstance where the prudent course of action is to involve a third-party for an independent opinion and recommendation.
When disaster strikes, support agencies and emergency responders are quick to move into action. Whether it's setting up local resources, being the first on-scene to restore operations or delivering critical information, communication is key every step of the way.
From a timing and cost perspective, hotel renovation projects can leave both contractor and client teams feeling as though they're in a pressure cooker. The difficulties generally arise out of the need to balance getting heads in beds as fast as possible to meet financial needs with quality, safety and guest comfort considerations. This blog post on project communication is the first in a series of articles outlining keys to timely, efficient completion of hotel renovation projects.