Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Just like that, it's flu season!


We've now formally turned to autumn, and pow!  It's time once again to get your annual flu shot.

Here's a link to the website so you can get more information on other ways than the vaccine itself for you to minimize your risk of catching the flu from others.

Research has shown now that those who get the shot every year build up greater immunity to more severe forms of the flu like swine flu (H1N1) or even bird flue (H5N1).

Better yet, you don't have to schedule an appointment in your doctor's office.  Most pharmacies now offer the vaccine in either shot or nasal spray form.

Off you go!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Next generation website is up

We launched the corporate website at in July of 2009.   We did reorganize the content somewhat in 2010, but have in general stuck to simply adding new content to the existing structure since then.  With the publication of Advice From A Risk Detective in 2011, we launched this blog rather than focus on the website.

So it's no surprise that when ASA research associate Lauren Du Graf came back this summer for a few weeks before she took up summer work in Berlin, we recruited her to take a hard look at the site and recommend improvements.  She researched other sites, listened carefully to the types of work we were now doing, and then recommended an overhaul that is now mostly complete. 

Taking a next generation website live is always a nail-biter, especially when you already have a live site that gets a good website rating from Google, and when you are deleting or moving around a great deal of existing content.   We really could not cut over to the new site until we had fixed all links so that they pointed to the new locations on the website.

If you take a look now, you'll see a navigation bar across the top of the page that better reflects how the company has evolved, including  a section on books we've published, and information on the types of public speaking that we do.   You'll also find a search function on the site, as well as a "subscribe for free" button that allows you to see at a glance the types of content we generate, including this blog.

There are a few other changes still coming, with more photographs and video that Lauren is in the process of editing.  And we're still rewriting some of the content on the site.  Because the navigation is so revised, I am comfortable calling this our next generation website.  Please let us know what you think.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Minimizing travel risk in cars

I have been meaning to post this link to Martha Stewart's website, that outlines what items you should carry in your trunk that increase your safety and decrease your risk.  There's also a helpful video.

And, from the first chapter of my own book, here's a photo of the trunk of my own car in terms of the emergency pack of supplies I carry.  In addition to the "Evac Pack" that I carry, extras include water and water bottle, zippered tool kit, hiking boots and extra wipes.  I've also got an athletic bag in the back that includes an extra clothing and a fanny pack first aid kit.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Street risks

Several recent alerts from authorities have reminded me to discuss appropriate street behavior, whether traveling in another country or just standing at a bus stop in your home town.

Don't make yourself a target!

Expensive jewelry, open purses and reading maps are all signals to thieves that you're an easy target.  So is relying upon your electronic device.  Don't make it easy for thieves.  Leave reading email or listening to music to less public environments.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

When you remember, say thank you.

I posted yesterday to my personal blog, mostly pictures, not many words. 

When you see a police officer, a firefighter, a member of the military, a medic or an ambulance worker, please thank them for their service to your community.  They may not have been in New York City on 9/11, but their service creates a safety net, wherever you live.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mental health and the workplace

Here's an excellent article on talking about mental health issues from the Wall Street Journal, that has a link inside to the main piece written today about managing risk in the workplace from mental illness.  Both these articles discuss mental illness, primarily depression, from the perspective of the employee who may uneasy about using any free services offered for fear that it will affect his/her career path.

The second chapter of Advice From A Risk Detective currently includes a discussion of violence in the workplace and a checklist of symptoms for others to be alert to, along with steps to take if employees feel at risk from a colleague.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back to school

Seasons change, and bursts of energy come and go.  Parents are busy getting their kids ready to go back to school, and we've already posted a couple of links that have to do with online safety for young people.

Here's an article written by Larry Magid, a highly respecter writer/thinker, whose site you might wish to bookmark if you have kids and want to be sure they are safe on the web:

As we experience the last days of summer, sitting down with your kids and talking to them about cell phone and online safety may mean the difference between high and low risk as your kids navigate the world.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Advice From A Risk Detective: Emergency supplies

Advice From A Risk Detective: Emergency supplies: We've published a list in first chapter of Advice From A Risk Detective of emergency supplies you should have on hand, but this new post on ...

Emergency supplies

We've published a list in first chapter of Advice From A Risk Detective of emergency supplies you should have on hand, but this new post on the  Allstate blog lays out the most critical three supplies to be sure to have on hand.  Take a look and see what you think.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Back to school for us and our kids

I ran across this article about kids and technology on on Trend Micro's website, and think it's worth reposting as school starts next week here in Seattle.

There's one sort of cleanup you'll want to do if there's a chance your kids have been using your computer over the summer months.  And there's a great deal to be discussed with your kids in terms of online safety as they either work on their own computers or on computers at school in the coming year.