Tag: emergency response

Revolutionizing Public Safety: The Power of AI in Surveillance Enhancement

Editor’s note: FM Perspectives are industry op-eds. The views expressed are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of Facilities Management Advisor. Public safety threats like active shooter situations and acts of terrorism have become increasingly complex and unpredictable. While surveillance cameras are widespread across the U.S., many systems fail to provide real-time monitoring and threat […]

Why Facilities Managers Should Consider Wearable Panic Buttons             

No matter the workplace, facilities managers should consider working with management to have employees wear panic buttons, which can enhance the facility’s emergency management plans with the button’s associated digital indoor mapping applications. Stacy Meyer, Vice President of Marketing at CENTEGIX, gave a presentation called “Could Panic Buttons Save Lives? Many Organizations Think So” as […]

Webinar Watch: FM NOW Sessions on Secure Buildings

On Wednesday, March 20, make sure to join your colleagues and expert panelists for our FM NOW: Secure Buildings virtual summit! The FREE event will include two back-to-back webinars covering active shooters and emergency panic buttons, helping you identify ways to incorporate best security practices into your facilities amid a heightened threat environment. Can’t make it to […]

Drones and Disaster Recovery: Streamlining Post-Disaster Renovations

Calamities can happen at any time. They put everything at risk—people, buildings, you name it. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are changing things for the better though. Take the 2015 Nepal earthquake, for instance. UAVs were used for search and rescue, mapping, and strategizing relief efforts. Fast-forward to 2023, the University of Maryland has […]

Majority of Retail Workers Are Concerned About Their Safety this Holiday Season

As the year’s peak shopping season hits its stride, an inaugural Retail Worker Safety Report from Motorola Solutions found that many retail workers and managers perceive safety incidents at their stores are on the rise. The survey’s U.S. respondents reported that petty theft (54%), grab-and-run incidents (35%), and hostile customer interactions (31%) have increased in their stores over […]

UNC-Chapel Hill Students Evaluate Emergency Response to Campus Shooting

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released a summary of findings from the campus feedback portal it created following a shooting incident that resulted in the death of a faculty member. On Aug. 28, the campus went into full lockdown after a graduate student opened fire at the school and shot and killed a […]

How Facilities and Security Can Work Together for Emergency Preparedness

Information bottlenecks can be especially problematic for both security and facilities management professionals, who need to work together to respond to emergencies. During Facilities Management Advisor’s FM Now: Emergency Preparedness virtual summit, guest speaker David Trask, National Director from session sponsor ARC Facilities, gave a presentation on September 26. The presentation was given during an […]

Strategies for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

In any business, people focus on components that bring longevity and stability. Organizations may secure their resources and ensure a smooth transition during a disruption by implementing an effective business continuity and disaster recovery strategy. However, it’s hard to plan for every possible scenario, like natural catastrophes, fires, cyberattacks, etc. Unfortunately, many business owners are […]

Implementing Active Shooter Technology at Your Facility

Unfortunately, as gun violence continues to increase throughout the United States, all types of facilities should strive to know how to deal effectively with active shooter situations. There were 649 mass shootings in 2022 alone and already over 300 this year as of June 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Facilities Management Advisor’s FM […]

Delaware Completes Statewide School Safety Initiatives

State officials recently marked completion of several major safety initiatives under the Delaware Emergency Management Agency’s Comprehensive School Safety Program (CSSP). Delaware is now among the first states to create high-resolution digital blueprints of all school buildings and grounds for every public and charter school. The new maps will enable law enforcement and first responders […]