Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2014

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Around the Cooler By Holly Munson Be Prepared Preparedness has been preached by the Boy Scouts, the federal government, and Dwight Schrute (remember that episode where he sets the office on fire?). And there are far too many cautionary tales of people and businesses that failed to prepare and faced tragic consequences when disaster struck. Still, emergency preparedness can be intimidating. Here’s how you can start today to ready yourself, your coworkers, and your business for whatever tomorrow holds. 1. Stayin’ Alive If you see someone collapse, you can help—no mouth-to-mouth needed. With “hands-only” CPR, you can more than double a person’s chance of survival. Here’s the how-to from the American Heart Association: Call 911. Then use the heel of your hand to push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive” until help arrives. To find a CPR course in your area, visit heart.org. 2. Call For Backup Data loss is a preventable yet all-too-common disaster. Protect your files with a reliable backup service—one that is automated, off-site, and secure. Your company should also have a business plan that outlines how it will minimize the effects of service interruption for critical systems such as credit-card processing or customer-service phone lines.

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