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Pets in the Workplace

November 2, 2018

The increase of tenants with pet-friendly policies creates a host of challenges for property and facility managers. Buildings must establish clear rules and disciplinary procedures surrounding pet behavior – fighting, noise, accidents. Cleaning protocols and janitorial contracts need to be escalated (it takes up to six times longer to clean with an upright vacuum equipped…

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Weather-Caused Disasters Remain the Most Destructive

March 7, 2018

Terrorist attacks and active shooter events garner extensive media attention, but in terms of lives lost, property damage, and overall social disruption, weather-related disasters dwarf man-made incidents. With World Meteorological Day quickly approaching (March 23), we thought it was an opportune time to provide some context for weather-related disasters: As was noted extensively in recent…

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KVCL Safety Acquired by AK Preparedness

January 2, 2018

(Chicago) – KVCL Safety, Inc., the Chicago market leader in fire and life safety training, has been acquired by AK Preparedness, a national emergency preparedness planning and training firm. “Combining our operations with AK makes great sense at this point in our company’s evolution,” says Leo Cox, a KVCL founding principal. “We’ve partnered with AK…

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2017: A Year in Review

December 11, 2017

It’s been quite a year for natural and man-made disasters in this country: the costliest wildfire season in US history, three Category 4 hurricanes, and the worst mass shooting in US history to name a few. At least 16 natural disasters made the billion-dollar-damage list, tying the record set in 2011. This month alone, more…

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Building Evacuations: What You Need to Know

December 1, 2017

The last in our 3-part series on the core emergency response procedures, this post focuses on building evacuations. Background While full building evacuations are the norm for low-rise and many mid-rise properties, they are rare in high-rises, and for good reason.  As we discussed in our post on Internal Relocation, it is usually unnecessary to…

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Internal Relocation: What You Need to Know

November 15, 2017

What is Internal Relocation? Internal relocation is the most common of the three core response procedures in high-rise buildings.  The standard response in a fire alarm activation, internal relocation involves moving occupants from floors near an incident to a safer floor below. Because modern construction methods, detection devices, and suppression systems are so effective at…

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Shelter in Place: What You Should Know

November 7, 2017

The basics One of the major changes in emergency preparedness over the past 15 years has been the growing importance of shelter in place.  While those in earthquake and tornado country have long relocated to more protected areas inside a building, in recent years shelter in place has emerged a critical core response procedure nationwide,…

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Post-Earthquake Building Safety Inspection

October 11, 2017

With the Great ShakeOut approaching on October 19, in addition to holding an earthquake drill, building and facility teams may want to consider practicing their post-earthquake safety check procedures. Because the default response to an earthquake is for office building occupants to shelter in place, building engineers and other staff need to quickly conduct a…

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How to Conduct an Earthquake Drill

October 9, 2017

With The Great Shakeout quickly approaching, many buildings and organizations are considering holding an earthquake drill. But what does that involve? When planning a drill, first determine how extensive you’d like it to be.  Will it only include your organization or the entire building or campus? Will you provide earthquake response training or distribute resources…

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Helpful Resources for your Emergency Response Plan

September 15, 2017

With September being National Preparedness Month, and with so many recent disasters fresh in our minds, we thought compiling a list of good planning resources would help property/facility teams ensure their emergency response plans are up to all the challenges. For individuals and families, both the Red Cross and Homeland Security offer a wide array…

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