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Lines of Contact – Tackling the Three Biggest Challenges to Global Communication in the Oil & Gas Industry

When disaster strikes, communication is paramount. Employees, management, and shareholders must be connected with one another in real-time, and emergency responders need to know right away that something's gone wrong. That task can be difficult enough for individual facilities – never mind large enterprises.

Many modern oil and gas companies operate in multiple countries. Royal Dutch ...

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The Sum of All Parts: Government Crisis Communication for a Unified Response

On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will officially be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. To call the announcement – and Trump himself – polarizing is putting it lightly. No President-elect in recent memory has generated as much controversy as the former businessman, and security at the ceremony is expected to be incredibly tight to account for number of potential ...

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Three Steps to Avoid Getting Burned by Spills, Fires, & More at Your Oil & Gas Facilities

In 2005, a refinery explosion in Texas City killed 15 people and injured 180 others. In 2010, a well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 and spilled millions of gallons of oil. In 2015, an Azeri oil platform caught fire in the Caspian Sea, killing an estimated 30 workers.

Employees in the oil & gas field deal with hazardous, highly-volatile materials on a frequent basis. When ...

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No Pain, All Gain: Five Tips for Preventing Workplace Injuries at Your Oil & Gas Facilities

In most careers, a workplace injury might leave you with a nasty sprain or a few bruises. In the case of an oil rig or remote processing plant, there's a good chance it will be fatal. This is, after all, an industry where employees deal with toxic chemicals, heavy machinery, dangerous heights, and a host of other hazards on a daily basis.

Excepting a few rare cases, such accidents are ...

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Disaster Communication Has No Borders

AtHoc Integrates with Mexico City’s Acclaimed Emergency Alert System

A section of Mexico City is successfully using AtHoc technology to issue a warning when an earthquake is about to occur, and many lives have been saved by AtHoc’s SARMEX alert receiver. An expanded all-hazard alert system has recently been implemented in the borough of Iztapalapa, where 1.8 million residents were ...

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U.S. Lags in Earthquake Alert Systems

A strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area on August 24, 2014. Despite the availability of advanced alert technology, the public was not warned. Needless to say, it came as a shock to residents, government agencies and emergency response personnel. Luckily the injuries and damage from this incident were limited, but history has shown that the potential exists for ...

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EARTHQUAKEAs a follow-up to my blog on March 27th (“Gone to Mexico—For Earthquake Training”), I discussed Mexico’s efforts to develop not only an earthquake detection network but also a broader network to warn people on a mass basis that an earthquake wave was approaching. The first step was to integrate an emergency mass notification system with the earthquake sensors so that people could ...

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As some of you may know, there was an earthquake in LA last week. It prompts a broader discussion about earthquake preparedness best practices. Not only in California – but everywhere.

Last week, I was in Mexico. Helping the state of Chiapas – which has experienced 250+ quakes this year – conduct comprehensive earthquake preparedness tests. Specifically, warning and response during and ...

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