Suspicious packages: What to look for

January 22, 2020

According to the US Postal Service annual report, in 2017 the US Postal Inspection Service responded to 2,282 incidents of suspicious items, substances, powders or liquids in the mail or at postal facilities. This statistic reveals that incidents related to …

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The importance of exit routes

November 6, 2019

An exit route is defined as a continuous and unobstructed path of exit from any point within a facility to a place of safety. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), at least two exit routes must be …

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Be prepared for wildfires

December 7, 2018

California’s latest deadly, costly wildfires have increased awareness about them. However, what you might not know is you don’t have to be near a forest to be in danger. Wildfires can just as easily burn their way through urban areas, …

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Jacksonville, FL, USA - September 11, 2017; Flood waters engulf a parking garage in downtown Jacksonville, FL after Hurricane Irma took an unexpected turn and caused massive power outages and coastal flooding around the state.

How to quickly and safely recover from a hurricane

July 11, 2018

July is emergency month at Vanguard, and our goal is to help you prepare your facility for any and all emergencies that may come your way.   Hurricanes can be destructive, not only for what damage they can do during …

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Stay open for business even when disaster strikes

September 13, 2017

We have run several articles on how to prepare for various disasters, including hurricanes, active shooters, tornadoes and more. But one thing we haven’t covered in detail, which is key for properly recovering from the effects of any disaster, is …

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Hurricane preparedness for your facility

August 3, 2016

Hurricane season is here, and August and September are the months with the most activity and typically the biggest hurricanes. Unlike tornadoes, you usually have warning several days before a hurricane strikes. That will be enough time to accomplish some …

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Is Your Healthcare Facility Prepared For Severe Weather?

Is Your Healthcare Facility Prepared For Severe Weather?

May 8, 2014

It’s that time of year again when stormy weather plays a disproportionately larger role in the disaster preparedness planning facilities managers do for their health facilities. Initially, the long-range weather forecast for the rest of 2014 is a mixed bag. …

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Does Your Facility Define Critical Risks

Does Your Facility Define Critical Risks?

October 31, 2013

In previous blog posts, we’ve stressed the importance of proper disaster training and developed a questionnaire the smart facility manager can use to improve his/her operation’s emergency preparedness. It’s important to remember, however, the critical challenges facility managers in different …

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