Category: SafeTalk Blog

Category: SafeTalk Blog

LiveSafe App Plays Key Role in VCU Police Reform Efforts

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department announced this week that it has recorded the lowest number of officer-involved use-of-force incidents in the past 10 years. Officials credited new policies, training, and community engagement through the LiveSafe App as key factors in the department’s success.

Former FEMA Administrator Brock Long on COVID-19 & Hurricane Preparedness

In a lot of ways, it feels like we are facing down the perfect storm. From COVID-19, to widespread civil unrest and now hurricane season. Well, despite the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on our health and economic security, it is currently forcing coastal communities to alter normal hurricane evacuation, response, recovery and mass care plans.

3 Legal Views of Returning to Work During The Pandemic

Your company is preparing for a return to the workplace, but you still have a lot of questions. How do you test and screen employees for COVID-19 without running afoul of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, privacy and data protection standards?

Prevention Podcast: Season 3, Ep. 10 — What Does The Law Say About Your Return To The Workplace Strategy?

Your company is preparing for a return to the workplace, but you still have a lot of questions. How do you test and screen employees for COVID-19 without running afoul of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, privacy and data protection standards?

5 Ways LiveSafe Can Help Businesses and Universities Succeed and Thrive In The New Normal

Businesses, universities, and K-12 school districts are struggling to understand what the new “normal” will look like as the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine. The new normal will require new thinking about how businesses and universities organize, equip, and manage their employees, contractors, and students. Businesses and universities will be challenged like never before to see through the fog of war and make timely decisions that instill confidence and allay fears.

Prevention Podcast: Season 3, Ep. 7 — Introducing LiveSafe Connect For Security & Risk Professionals

The uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has organizations searching for answers about their duty of care obligations when it comes to travel and their travel risk management programs. To help us understand the risk management and duty of care aspects of the current coronavirus threat is Joe Gleason, the Director of Risk Management at AHT Insurance. Joe has many years of experience working on risk and security operations for large non-governmental organizations around the world.

COVID-19 Response Needs a Proven Solution

April 2, 2020 It has been truly inspiring to watch how America’s great companies, captains of industry, and entrepreneurs have risen to the challenge of

Mental Health Resilience During The Pandemic

April 1, 2020 LiveSafe has always supported and enabled the anonymous reporting of mental health concerns for our corporate and education client communities. And we

Prevention Podcast: Season 3, Ep. 5 — Risk Management Leadership During The Coronavirus Emergency

The uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has organizations searching for answers about their duty of care obligations when it comes to travel and their travel risk management programs. To help us understand the risk management and duty of care aspects of the current coronavirus threat is Joe Gleason, the Director of Risk Management at AHT Insurance. Joe has many years of experience working on risk and security operations for large non-governmental organizations around the world.

Coronavirus & Tough Decisions

Risk management leadership demands more than following policies and procedures, and relying on data for decision making. Risk management leadership also requires the ability to make unpopular, difficult decisions in scenarios lacking conclusive data.

Prevention Podcast: Season 3, Ep. 4 — The Coronavirus and Travel Risk Management

The uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has organizations searching for answers about their duty of care obligations when it comes to travel and their travel risk management programs. To help us understand the risk management and duty of care aspects of the current coronavirus threat is Joe Gleason, the Director of Risk Management at AHT Insurance. Joe has many years of experience working on risk and security operations for large non-governmental organizations around the world.

Las Vegas Mall Shooting Demonstrates LiveSafe’s Full Potential

The Fashion Mall shooting provides an important case study in the broader application of the LiveSafe platform. While the ultimate goal of LiveSafe is to surface early-warning insights that can help security personnel detect and prevent incidents from occurring, in cases like this, when there is no warning, LiveSafe’s powerful two-way communications, broadcast alerts, and geo-fencing features provide critical mass communications capabilities that can help prevent further injuries or greater loss of life.

Secret Service Study Urges Schools to Adopt Prevention and Reporting Strategies to Stop School Shootings

The study by the National Threat Assessment Center is part of the second phase of the Safe Schools Initiative and is based on 41 incidents of “targeted school violence” that took place in American schools from 2008 to 2017.A new study of school shootings released by the U.S. Secret Service on Thursday found that most school shooters exhibited observable warning signs well ahead of their attacks and urged schools across the nation to adopt prevention strategies that include threat assessment teams and anonymous reporting systems.

Uncovering the Link between Domestic Violence and the Workplace

In light of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Jo Ann Ugolini, Senior Director for Threat and Violence Risk Management at Hillard Heintze, discussed the importance of companies incorporating domestic violence awareness and management into workplace violence prevention programs with the LiveSafe Prevention Podcast.

New Secret Service Study on Mass Attacks Emphasizes Prevention

A new report released this week by the U.S. Secret Service concludes that the key to stopping mass attacks at businesses, schools, places of worship, healthcare facilities and government agencies is having an actionable prevention strategy in place that emphasizes reporting and intervention.

New Spike In Suicide Rates Seen Among Adolescents And Young Adults

A new study by Harvard Medical School reveals that the suicide rate among young people in the U.S. has spiked in recent years and has experts worried. The study, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found an abnormal increase in suicide rates for males between the ages of 15 and 19 years old. From 2000 to 2017, the suicide rate rose by 47 percent among teens age 15 to 19 and 36 percent among those 20 to 24. That’s well above the 30 percent increase seen across all age groups.

Hope Is Not A Strategy For School Security

On this sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, the nation looks to the new year ahead with hope — hope that things will change for the better and that schools will go back to being safe places. But hope is not a strategy. Even worse, the vast majority of strategies and solutions being bandied about by industry consultants and so-called security experts simply haven’t worked.

Studies In Prevention: Making the Case for Prevention & the Value of One Report

The national, nonprofit Police Foundation recently announced it will begin a study of “averted acts of school violence.” Backed by funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the National Institute of Justice, the study seeks to apply the concept of “the near miss,” which is routinely used in the aviation field to improve policies and procedures. The concept is based on the assertion that for every incident that actually occurs there are many, many more that are averted but don’t make the headlines.

FBI Report on Preventing Targeted Violence: The Key Insights

The FBI recently published the study: Making Prevention a Reality: Identifying, Assessing, and Managing the Threat of Targeted Attacks in 2017. This report is a compilation of the findings from an FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit symposium in 2015 which brought together mental health experts, threat assessment practitioners from law enforcement and academics to discuss targeted attacks.