RSSEmergency

Educating and preparing occupants or residents for an evacuation is crucial in every area, business, and home. At the SmartSign blog, we track the latest stories and trends pertaining to emergencies and evacuations. Use this blog category to stay informed about the world of emergency: new measures being taken to save lives, evacuation planning, 911 calls, and natural or manmade disasters. These posts are heavy, but important. Bookmark this page for updates on latest measures taken such as new hurricane shelters, tornado safe rooms, and evacuation plans.

Stay safe, everyone!

Stay safe, everyone!

| January 26, 2015

If you’re one of the 28 million people facing blizzard conditions in the Northeast, chances are you’ve already braved long lines at the grocery store, tested your flashlights, and loaded up your Netflix queue in preparation. If you haven’t, get on it now. Winter Storm Juno is expected to bring between one and three feet of snow, […]


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i0S 8’s new health app is one of its best features

i0S 8’s new health app is one of its best features

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

We’re all addicted to our cell phones for the convenience factor, the ability to reach out and call/text/email friends and family whenever and wherever we (and they) happen to be at any given moment. But we carry cell phones for the safety and security they provide, too. We’re just not as vulnerable out in the […]


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What we learned from evacuation sign expert Hank McMahon

What we learned from evacuation sign expert Hank McMahon

| April 25, 2014

Hank McMahon has been making evacuation signs with Intersign Corp. for 35 years. Intersign began making evacuation signs for nursing homes, later expanding into hotels, completing their focus on long-term care and hospitality. They company draws approximately 5,000 evacuation masters a year and prints over 100,000 evacuation plans for hotels and nursing homes nationwide. Unsurprisingly, […]


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Better building could have lessened Joplin tornado damage, study says

Better building could have lessened Joplin tornado damage, study says

| December 2, 2013

A two-year long study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reveals that national standards for building construction could reduce damage from tornadoes. NIST swung into action a mere two days after the tornado, sending a team to extract information that could help in future storms. The 2011 Joplin tornado is the deadliest on […]


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New AM radio station could save lives

New AM radio station could save lives

| November 25, 2013

Hull, Massachusetts will be installing its own AM radio station to provide another means of communication during emergencies. The new station is designed to enhance the existing methods employed for transferring emergency information to residents. While some might view radio as an ancient technology, Hull Fire Chief Robert Hollingshead says, ” it’s just another spoke in the […]


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Cyborg roaches to the rescue! Biobots could map collapsed buildings for emergency responders

Cyborg roaches to the rescue! Biobots could map collapsed buildings for emergency responders

| October 28, 2013

Whether it’s assessing a wrecked building, exploring uncharted territories, or conducting surveillance in a hostile environment — the modern cockroach can do it all. A research team from North Carolina State University has devised a software that uses a swarm of “cyborg cockroaches” or “biobots” (roaches fitted with electronic sensors) to map dangerous or uncertain areas, […]


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Most workplaces lack in emergency preparedness, says survey

Most workplaces lack in emergency preparedness, says survey

| October 24, 2013

Do your employees know how to handle a crisis at workplace? Is your office’s emergency preparedness plan adequate? OSHA defines workplace emergency as “an unforeseen situation that threatens your employees, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down your operations; or causes physical or environmental damage.” It is important for employers to see whether a […]


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