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Mental Health & COVID-19

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

Mental Health COVID-19As COVID-19 cases increase, most people are adapting to life in the “new normal.” Unfortunately, others are experiencing anxiety, fear, and depression. Millions of people are facing newfound emotions brought about by the pandemic. These result not just from Coronavirus symptoms and the lives lost. They also stem from social isolation caused by lockdowns, mask requirements, social distancing measures, severe economic downturn, and a break from normal routines. (more…)

National Safety Month June 2020

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

June is National Safety Month 2020Part 1 in a 2-Part Series

As a result of the Coronavirus, workplace health and safety are top of mind for building owners and managers around the world. In the United States, where the Allied Universal Fire Life Safety Training System is based, we observe National Safety Month each June. Even so, the National Safety Council reports that one worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. What’s more; emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere – not just in the workplace between the hours of 9 and 5. In years past, the awareness event shined a spotlight on safety-related topics such as mental health, ergonomics, building a safety culture, and driving. But perhaps more relevant this year is the focus on everyone’s minds – how to keep people safe during a pandemic. (more…)

High-Rise Building COVID-19 Safety

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

High Rise Building COVID-19 SafetyThe following information is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice. For guidance about how to comply with Coronavirus regulations relative to your high-rise facility, please contact state and/or local government officials such as OSHA and/or facility management.

Whether you own or manage a high-rise facility, you’re likely starting to wonder about facility management amid COVID-19. Although some governors have extended “safer at home,” “stay at home” and “shelter in place” orders, others are starting to loosen parameters. Depending on the location of your high-rise facility and the nature of the businesses that occupy it, you may be ready to start formulating a reopening plan.Safety for High-Rise COVID-19 Buildings

To help you in that endeavor, we have put together a list of suggestions to consider in order to help keep everyone in your building safe:

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Building Safety Month 2020

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Building Safety Month 2020For 40 years, the International Code Council (ICC) has celebrated advances in the construction of safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient buildings and homes each May, during Building Safety Month. Meant to raise awareness about building safety, this year’s campaign theme is Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World. As most buildings are currently shuttered due to COVID-19, the first week’s virtual events focused on: “Disaster Preparedness, Building Codes and America’s Response to COVID-19.” Week 2 will cover water safety. Week 3, Resiliency. Sustainability. Innovation. And Week 4: Training the Next Generation. (more…)

Cybersecurity Implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Cybersecurity CoronavirusTo practice social distancing in light of COVID-19, and at the behest of their employers, millions of people are working remotely. Virtual environments come with perks, such as eliminating commutes, offering quality time with pets and providing easy access to snacks. But the shift also begets copious cybersecurity threats. This is noteworthy because data breaches were already on the rise before the pandemic hit. According to a 2019 report, 7.9 billion records were exposed by data breaches in the first nine months of 2019. This figure is more than double (112%) the number of records exposed in the same period in 2018.

Because we care about your safety, we have put together a cybersecurity tip sheet to help you navigate this brave new digital world.

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Alzheimer's Disease MonthIn 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Ironically, he later developed the condition, although people debate whether he succumbed after finishing his two presidential terms or while he was still in office. Whenever his disease surfaced, our late president was one of 44 million worldwide and 5.5 million Americans to suffer from some form of dementia. Typically, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) strikes after people turn 65 and is expected to peak soon since so many Baby Boomers are starting to enter their golden years. The condition is relevant to the emergency management community because people who struggle with memory-related issues often require special assistance in natural or manmade disasters. (more…)

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Down Syndrome Awareness MonthIn our ongoing effort to promote public health and safety, we wanted to take the opportunity to call attention to an important associated observance, held annually across the United States in October: Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS) created the campaign in the 1980’s to educate the public, provide families with information and resources, and address social policy issues and challenges facing the Down Syndrome community. The Allied Universal Fire Life Safety Training System is tailor-made to educate people from this (and every other) special needs’ community. The system is designed to help everyone prepare for and recover from natural and manmade disasters. What’s more, the system reminds subscribers to pay careful attention to anyone who may require additional assistance in an emergency. (more…)

5 Back-To-School Safety Tips

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Back to School SuppliesA 2018 Gallup poll reveals that 35 percent of parents fear for their child’s safety at school. That represents a 24 percent increase over the way they felt in 2017. What’s more, a near-record-high 20 percent report that their child has expressed similar fears. Since preparation is crucial for improving peace of mind for parents as well as children, before your kids head back to school, remind them to take the following steps so they will be safe while they are on the road, in the classroom, on a field, or traveling between classes: (more…)

High-Rise Fire Safety for National Fire Safety Month

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

High-Rise Building SafetyIn honor of National Safety Month, we want to focus on a topic we hold dear to our hearts at the Allied Universal Training System by Universal Fire/Life Safety Services – high-rise fire safety. According to the most recent study published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 14,500 structure fires per year in high-rise buildings.These fires cause (on average) 40 civilian deaths, 520 civilian injuries, and lead to $154 million of property damage each year. Fire response is critical because fire is one of the most common emergencies following earthquakes, explosions, terrorism, power surges and other natural and manmade disasters. (more…)

National Safety Month

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Safety at Home Work RoadJune is National Safety Month. Developed in 1996 by the National Safety Council (NSC), the annual observance is designed to help eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, as well as on the road, through leadership, research, education and advocacy. While safety is paramount in every aspect of life, the NSC focuses their efforts on these core safety areas: work, road and home. So, in the interest of brevity, we will do the same. (more…)