While fires at churches are relatively rare, they can be extremely dangerous – and unless you have the proper equipment in place and a plan to deal with an emergency fire, your congregation could be at risk. How can you make sure you’re prepared for a fire at your church? In this article, we’ll discuss a few of our top church fire safety tips, which you can use to keep your church building and your congregation safe. 1. Check Your Fire Alarms and Sprinkler Systems Yearly First and foremost, you should make sure that your fire alarms are functioning properly – this will ensure that you get an early warning if there is a fire. Related systems like smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should also be inspected yearly, and have batteries replaced, if necessary. If your church has a built-in sprinkler system, you should also have it inspected. You
The medical field is full of time-sensitive, vitally important communication. It can be difficult to worry about how everyone will receive information, especially if you’re already worrying about how everyone will receive the proper treatment or the correct diagnosis. What’s the fastest way to notify a patient that their medication has been recalled? Or to ensure that the nurses in ICU know to expect a transfer within the next ten minutes? Or to alert clients to a measles outbreak? Or to remind a patient of their appointment? These days, the answer is often text messages. This kind of communication is useful to those in most professions, but perhaps most so in healthcare. Those working in or receiving services from the medical field often have the most to gain from instant, clear, recorded information. But the decision to use SMS communication isn’t only up to doctors. HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability
If you’re not careful, the roofs at your rental properties can become neglected and damaged – this can easily lead to a costly repair bill, and make a big dent in your profits. If you want to make sure that the roofs at your rental properties are properly cared for and ensure you prevent leaks and water damage, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at a few essential steps you can take to keep your roofs – and your rental properties – in great shape. 1. Ask Tenants to Report Any Leaks or Roof Damage They Notice Immediately One of the difficult parts of preventing roof damage and leaks at rental properties is that you don’t live in the property – so you can’t constantly monitor the roof, check for leaks, and make sure your roof shingles or tiles are in great shape.
It’s easy to see the prevalence of electronic communication. On the street, in the office, in the grocery store – it seems everyone has a phone up to their ear or in their hand. As it happens, Americans check their phone, on average, 80 times a day. The combined usefulness of phones makes them a primary way to connect with the many different groups of people we need to communicate with. Whether it’s our employees, coworkers, customers, or others, mass SMS text messages and voice broadcasts can help us engage and connect better to improve our business relationships. Why Automated Group Messaging Means Better Engagement We’ve already covered the fact that SMS text messages and voice calls are essential to engaging employees and clients alike. But how can automated alerts help us do this? The answer is simple. If we’re alerting or otherwise communicating with those we work with all
All kinds of organizations require feedback. And almost always, some of the most important feedback or information is also the hardest to get. In many cases, this is because employees, clients, or other involved parties don’t feel comfortable sharing the information. This is where anonymous tip lines come in. Anonymous tip lines allow for a free line of communication between reporters and leadership. This increases the likelihood that the most important information makes its way back to the top. You may not think that this applies to your organization, but it’s been proven over and over that the best way to be aware of sensitive situations or gather people’s true feelings about something is to allow them to provide it anonymously. Using an Anonymous Tip Line for Schools Even the youngest people we serve can benefit from anonymous tip lines – children. Students haven’t always been encouraged to speak up
If you’re looking to expand the influence and impact of your church on your local community, you may be wondering how you can find community organizations who will be a good choice for church partnerships. If you do not have much experience in community outreach, it can be difficult to get started and form long-lasting church partnerships. You may not even know where to look to find organizations who can benefit from your help. So, in this article, we’ve put together a few recommendations on how you can find local community organizations, and form a strong partnership with nonprofits and charities who are doing great work in your area. Read on, and get all of the details. 1. Ask Your Church Members for Recommendations This is a great place to start. Chances are, even if your church doesn’t have an official partnership with a charity or a nonprofit, some of
Our furry friends are important to us. Over 68% of American households have pets – and that means you may be able to fill vacancies in your apartments faster if you have a pet friendly leasing policy, and allow your tenants to have dogs, cats and other pets. But managing pet friendly apartments brings along a number of risks and challenges that you must overcome to keep your property in great shape. So, in this article, we’ll discuss a few top tips that you can use to manage your pet friendly apartments more effectively. 1. Require a Pet Screening Before You Lease to a Pet-Owning Tenant One of the first things you should do is require a pet screening when you’re renting to any tenant who owns pets. Have them bring in their pet so that you can meet it and look for any obvious signs of behavioral issues –
A single electronic note in a crowded room can make nearly everyone reach toward their pockets in unison. You know the note — the tinny, bell-like toll or the lower, sustained buzz of a notification. These sounds are so widespread that no one in the room would be confused if their phone showed no such notification. After all, almost everyone has a phone. It’s up to businesses to determine how they’re using them. Because of this prevalence, all communication has the potential to bring customers, clients, businesses, and employees closer than ever before. With each step, people become easier and easier to reach. But to close this communication gap, organizations, businesses, and individuals have to keep up with the latest trends. One of the important communication trends is the growing use of texting over email. Advantages of Text Messaging In this day and age, both desktop and laptop computers are
Anyone whose rented out property before knows that many of the biggest hassles involve communication with residents. Residents, too, know that many of the biggest hassles of living in a rented home come from communication with the landlord or leasing office. Thankfully, it doesn’t stop there. As technology has evolved, it has solved many of the hassles common to both sides. With the prevalence and ease of use of text messaging, landlords and residents can have an easier time than ever collecting and paying rent, submitting and responding to maintenance requests, alerting neighbors, and otherwise communicating. Why Text Messaging for Apartment Complexes? Electronic communication with apartment residents is nothing new. For years now, landlords and leasing offices have been able to communicate with residents via phone calls and emails. Over time, though, texting has come to be the more obvious solution. Email, for example, seems a clear option for use
As a landlord or a property manager, hurricane season can be a bit of a scary time if you live in Florida or anywhere else on the Gulf or Atlantic coast where hurricanes are a major issue every year. But if you take the proper steps to prepare yourself and your tenants, hurricane season doesn’t have to be so intimidating. So, in this guide, we’ll discuss a few tips to help you prepare for hurricane season, and prevent damage to your property. 1. Review Your Insurance Coverage If you don’t have hurricane insurance, you need to get hurricane insurance. Most standard insurance policies won’t cover hurricane damage to your property. There are two primary types of insurance coverage you may need to protect your property; windstorm insurance and flood insurance. In most hurricane-prone states, windstorm damage isn’t covered as part of your insurance policy, so you need a separate windstorm
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