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John Linstrom, Community Engagement Manager
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Tornado Alert! What Towns and Cities Should Do First

The last full week of August was another bad week for tornados in the North American heartland. Four people were injured in Windsor, Ontario and 15 more in Howard County, Indiana, where as many as 800 people may have lost their homes. Drone video from a local TV station showed significant damage from eight rapid-fire funnel cloud touchdowns.

In Northwest Ohio, "an absolute monster ...

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Paul Crighton
Written by Paul Crighton
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These Four Leading Enterprises in Australia and New Zealand Trust BlackBerry Software to Protect their Data

It's always exciting to celebrate growth in a business, and at BlackBerry, we've had plenty to celebrate.  Throughout 2016, we've been going strong, especially in Australia and New Zealand. Following our solid performance in the previous quarter and an awesome annual Security Summit, we're happy to share a few of the customers that have come on board in Australia and New Zealand ...

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Jennifer O'Brien
Written by Jennifer O'Brien
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5 Tips for Better Human Communication During Emergencies

At a recent city council meeting in the eastern USA, city executives were quizzed as to why the emergency alerting system was not activated when law enforcement was searching for two dangerous fugitives being sought in the area.

The mayor and public safety director responded that it was the responsibility of the police department to issue such an alert. If the police ...

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John Linstrom, Community Engagement Manager
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The Future of Crisis Communications in Transportation

How Data Will Drive Faster, Better, More Appropriate Levels of Response

"One of the key issues that continues to frustrate emergency management operators at transportation hubs is the inability to contact individuals outside the reach of the agency's communications infrastructure, or at surrounding organizations not linked into a collaborative framework."

That's the main point of an ...

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The FCC, the EAS, and the Future of Crisis Communication

We have all had it happen. Unexpectedly, the cell phone comes to life, issuing a tone unlike anything it normally makes. It is an Amber Alert, indicating a suspected child kidnapping, or it is a severe weather alert, indicating an imminent, potentially catastrophic storm.

These one-way emergency notifications are part of the United States Federal Communications Commission's Wireless ...

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Jeffrey Winslow, Senior UX Designer, AtHoc
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AtHoc Alerts Enhance Safety of College Students, Ease Parents Stress

I recently took my daughter on a campus tour at UCLA, as it is one of the colleges she is considering attending next year. This is a rite of passage for most parents – attempting to guide your child down the best possible path while realizing they are about to go out into the world on their own. The fact you can no longer protect them from that world the way you have for the better ...

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Nick Greene
Written by Nick Greene
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Good Things Come in Threes: BlackBerry Gets Key DOD Certification, Sales to Coast Guard and U.S. Senate

As part of today's BlackBerry Security Summit, we have a trio of exciting announcements to share with our customers, especially in government and other regulated industries. In addition to awarding Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) certification to two core software, the United States Government has selected the AtHoc Crisis Communications platform for two essential ...

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Paul Neyman
Written by Paul Neyman
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Healthcare Personnel Management Automation that PAYS for Itself

AtHoc is an industry leader in networked crisis communication solutions. What do urgent alerts and emergency response management have to do with healthcare staffing?

As it turns out, a great deal. The same functionality that helps locate staff members and organize resources during a crisis also helps healthcare companies save time and money by automating staffing and similar personnel ...

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Workplace Violence: Summoning Assistance

Both Canadian and U.S. safety laws require the establishment of a safe workplace along with clearly defined policies regarding the prevention of workplace violence. Much of the attention is focused on risk assessment and mitigation. But, there is another key area of practice that has been given teeth in Canadian law, and this focuses on emergency communications, specifically with regard ...

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Crisis Management: Talking to Each Other

Here in Washington State, the I-5 corridor is the only major north-south route between Seattle and Oregon and south to California. Recently, a four-car accident tied up traffic for 15 hours, and 17 different agencies were involved to clean up the mess. Fortunately, there were no fatalities in this accident, but the time lost and inconvenience to the public, because the agencies were ...

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