October 2015 “The Secure Zone” eNewsletter
“For hope is but the dream of those that wake.” – Matthew Prior
Is Your Business Disaster Ready?
Do you think your business could survive a flood, hurricane, fire or other type of natural disaster? The fact is that up to 25 percent of businesses that are forced into closure will never reopen after a weather-related disaster.
While there is no way to reduce the potential for a natural disaster, there are a number of steps that can be taken to help protect your business. Creating and sharing a disaster recovery plan with your business’s employees will help ensure everyone knows what to do when disaster strikes. Some of the best things to do to prepare for a disaster are:
Identify Potential Problems
Do you live near water? Are you in an area that is prone to wild fires? It’s important to consider each possible disaster and how likely it is to happen. This will help you figure out what you need to be prepared for.
Get to Know Your Insurance Policy
It’s important to figure out what coverage you have for certain disasters and what your deductibles are. There are some policies that don’t cover things such as floods or earthquakes. If you are in an area where this is a possibility, it’s essential to take note of this and purchase additional insurance.
Create Your Plan
Be sure that the plan you create for dealing with a disaster is understood by every employee within your business. It’s essential to have everyone on board when making this type of plan.
Test the Plan
Once you have created your emergency response plan, it’s essential to test it on a regular basis. Be sure that the issues you have identified are still relevant and that everyone knows what to do, especially new workers or employees.
Taking the time to plan for a disaster before it happens will give you the best chance possible of recovering successfully. Don’t take for granted that it has been years since an earthquake, hurricane or other disaster has struck – protect your investment by planning now.
Tips to Stay Safe when You Live Alone
There are a number of benefits offered by living alone. You’re able to watch whatever you want on TV at any time and you certainly don’t have to worry about a roommate making a mess or eating your snacks.
However, there are also a number of safety risks present when you live alone. The good news is, with a bit of effort you can minimize these risks and ensure you are safe and sound in your home.
Install a Security System
One of the best ways to protect yourself, as well as your belongings, is to install a security system that includes monitoring. Even if you don’t resident in a high-crime area, you will have peace of mind knowing that someone is watching over you.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
This does not mean you have to plan weekly get-togethers, but it can be beneficial to at least get to know their names and phone numbers. Once you are acquainted with them, they will get to know your habits and be more aware if something is wrong.
Find Potential Security Risks
You can inspect your home yourself, but it would be best to call a security company to check for security weaknesses and safety issues. It’s a good idea to install deadbolt locks for all your doors and to ensure your window locks work properly. All exterior lights should work and there should not be shrubs or trees blocking your windows. When you take some time to evaluate the safety of your property, it will give you peace of mind knowing there are no potential points of entry for an intruder to break in.
Don’t Broadcast the Fact You Live Alone
There is no reason to tell the world via social media – or any other method – that you reside alone. Essentially that is just asking for trouble.
Regardless of if you just moved or have been in the same place for years, you should be vigilant at all times to protect your safety and your home. To ensure your safety, use the tips here and contact your local security provider.
The Health Trend: Apps with Health Related Features Top 165,000
The current Smartphone app craze has made many an app creator stand up, take notice and start prodigiously creating. As a result, there are literally millions of apps to choose from including games and organization apps to books and music apps. One industry that has definitely taken notice of this trend is the health industry with the total number of apps related to this topic reaching over 165,000.
These apps perform a number of different functions, from tracking health and calories burned to helping users diagnose their own medical ailments. Due to this saturation of apps, there are more and more people who are using them as a daily part of their lives, rather than just a novelty.
In the past two years, the number of health related apps for iOS users has more than doubled and the majority of these options are offered for free. Some of the most popular of these apps, with more than 10 million downloads include the MyFitnessPal’s Calorie counter and Endomondo, an exercise tracker. However, there are still 40 percent of these health related apps that have less than 5,000 downloads.
According to experts, these apps are the ‘wave of the future’ and have quite a bit to offer in terms of accessible health care and better health among the US population. Chances are, you have one or two of these apps downloaded right now – which is the growing trend with smartphone owners.
Arnold Schwarzenegger New Host for “Celebrity Apprentice”
As Donald Trump makes his bid for the White House, his replacement for “Celebrity Apprentice” has been named, and it is none other than Mister “Kindergarten Cop,” and “Terminator” himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
While there was originally talk of Trump cutting ties with the show in June when he announced his intentions for the White House, NBC made the decision to dump him for good after some offensive remarks were made by Trump in regard to Mexican immigrants.
While there were a number of names considered for this position, including George Lopez, the gig is officially Schwarzenegger’s, the former California governor. This came as a surprise for many, but according to the franchise, the newest season is poised for release in 2016-2017.
Finding Lost Belongings: New Websites Leads the Way
According to Nationwide.com, a home burglary occurs every 15 seconds someplace in the U.S.A. On average, each break-in results in a financial loss that equals approx. $1,600. While you may have taken steps to protect your home or business – including the use of a home security system – there may still be instances when the bad guys come out on top. If you ever do fall victim to a burglary, chances are you want to take steps to get your stuff back.
Thanks to modern technology, there are a now a number of websites available that can help you hunt down your stolen belongings.
Prey: This is an app that was designed to help you find a stolen or lost tablet, laptop or phone. The app will help you locate these items by taking pictures from the camera on the device, screenshots from the computer or even wipe data remotely from the device. Prey is a type of software installed on your devices and then tracked with an online system. There is a free version as well as various pay versions available. (www.PreyProject.com)
Stolen Property: This is an international stolen property database. It allows users to report that their item has been stolen. You can also search the database to see if any device you are considering purchasing was stolen. (www.Stolen-Property.com)
Stolen Lost Found: Another online database offered to track, find and report found, lost or stolen property. (www.StolenLostFound.org)
Each of these sites is specifically designed to help you recover any item that has been stolen from you, or lost. Taking some initiative can help you recover items that are missing and may save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in terms of replacement costs.
Sean’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Question
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In “The Village People,” which of the following was not one of their characters?
C. Fire Fighter
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Question: Where did Neil Young get the phrase “Rust Never Sleeps”?
A. A Turtle Wax ad
B. Devo (Answer)
C. Glenn Frey
D. An episode of M*A*S*H
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