Risk Alert

A cyber consultant calls it a real nightmare. Our schools are being attacked and don't have the resources to fight back. What can the school do to protect themselves from cyber thieves? According to a Wall Street Journal article posted on ProgramBusiness.com, the facts indicate no matter how much you spend you will never be close to having full protection. The criminals will always find new ways to penetrate your computer network.

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As a result of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, the existing emergency service structure in Houston was overwhelmed. Houston city officials indicated that their 911 service received 56,000 calls in a single 15 hour period. The flooding, continuous rain and impassible roads hampered assistance from outside of the affected area.

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On August 21, 2017 there will be a total solar eclipse that will be seen across much of the USA. Eclipses are relatively rare events that draw significant attention in the academic community.

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Summer heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities in the United States. Anyone exposed to extreme heat - including people working outdoors - is at risk for heat stress. In an educational setting, this also includes campers, athletes, as well as counselors, coaches and volunteers.

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The use of inflatable play equipment (air-filled structures designed to be jumped on, such as "moon bounce" or "spacewalk" equipment) increases at this time for end of the year events and during the summer when camps are operating. It is a good time to review some of the safety best practices regarding inflatable equipment.

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As we celebrate the festive days of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the New Year, safety and risk management professionals anticipate an increase in accidents and fires resulting from seasonal hazards. Unfortunately, schools, colleges and universities are not immune to these exposures.

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Teleflex Medical, manufacturer of the MAD300 mucosal atomization device that's part of naloxone ("narcan") delivery systems used by opioid overdose prevention programs across the country − including many WSI clients − has issued a recall notification.

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On October 8 and October 9, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire ravaged the city of Chicago, killing more than 250 people, destroying over 17,400 structures and leaving 100,000 homeless. Fire Prevention Week was created to commemorate this tragic event and to promote - and raise awareness - about fire safety in the Unites States.

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The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. As reported in prior publications, distracted driving increases the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents and injuries.

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Football Helmet Recall by the Xenith Corporation High school football season is about to get underway and one of the underlying concerns we all have is the risk of head trauma that students can suffer in practice and in games. In 2013 the Institute of Medicine (now, the National Academy of Medicine) analyzed a variety of studies on head trauma in a variety of high school sports. They estimated that high school football players suffered 11.2 concussions for every 10,000 games and practices. They also estimated that college football players suffered a rate of 6.3 concussions for every 10,000 games and practices. They admit these estimates may be conservative.

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