August 6th, 2012
For those not in the know… Lollapalooza is huge. Every year, thousands of people descend on Chicago to take in some of the music industry’s biggest acts. This past weekend a record 270,000 peopled showed up to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath and Jack White perform.
I know that music can be a divisive issue, so I would never be so bold as to say that the Lollapalooza organizers “nailed” the line-ups. What I am confident in saying is that Lollapalooza absolutely nailed the implementation of their …continue reading the rest of Lollapalooza Nails It
May 15th, 2012
“This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System.”
Who hasn’t heard that warning rattle through their radio? Or their TV?
We’ve all heard it at some point. But for people like me who almost never listen to the radio and prefer to skip through commercials by watching digitally recorded TV, you might struggle trying to remember the last time you heard or saw a legitimate storm warning or other notable …continue reading the rest of Emergency Warnings to Catch Up with Technology
April 16th, 2012
Exactly one month ago we shared a video of the most shocking car crash you’ll ever see. In that short amount of time it has become one of the most viewed posts ever on Culture of Safety.
If the carnage displayed in that 30 second clip showed us anything, it was just how devastating things can be in a worst case scenario. The setting for this new clip is similar in almost every way; the only difference is …continue reading the rest of The Luckiest Driver You’ve Ever Seen
January 19th, 2012
Sometimes it helps to be lucky.
I left to run a quick errand last night in the middle of a wind storm. When I pulled back into my driveway I was shocked to see that a huge tree branch had fallen right where my car would have been parked. In the photo below you can still clearly see where my car …continue reading the rest of There is Nothing Wrong with Being Lucky
August 16th, 2011
A large concert stage collapsed under the pressure of 70mph winds at the Indiana State Fair this past Saturday. Reports have indicated that at least five people have died and dozens more have been injured. According to a TIME Magazine article on the tragic events, AccuWeather had issued a warning of high wind gusts more than 15 minutes before the stage collapsed.
Fifteen minutes almost definitely would have been enough time to clear the concert area of the 12,000+ people waiting for the concert to begin. If organizers did, in fact, receive warnings from the National Weather Service or AccuWeather, they would have been forced to make a difficult decision. They could either …continue reading the rest of 5 Avoidable Deaths at the Indiana State Fair
June 10th, 2011
Tornadoes have been dominating the news as of late… and for good reason. According to data from the National Weather Service, more than 500 people have been killed by tornadoes in 13 different states already this year. Before-and-after photos from Joplin, Missouri show the unimaginable power of a tornado.
With so many sad stories so far in this storm season, we’re happy to share a tornado story from one of our customers that ended with a group of …continue reading the rest of Counselor Training Prevents Tornado Disaster
January 18th, 2011
The Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) shared a report on their blog identifying some of the mistakes made by government agencies during the catastrophic flooding in Nashville in May 2010. The report, which was completed by the National Weather Service (NWS), identified several shortcomings and opportunities for improvement in future disaster situations.
As I was reading through the key findings, I couldn’t help but think about the hundreds of …continue reading the rest of 3 Tips for Better Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
September 14th, 2010
West Bend’s claims adjusters handle an unbelievable number of slip and fall injuries for our customers each winter. And this isn’t completley unexpected. Before you say anything… I know what you’re thinking.
We’re not even half way through September yet! There are still leaves on the trees! Why would I possibly want to think about snow and ice right now!?
The fact is, right now is the perfect time to put one of the best – and least utilized – winter safety tips in to practice. No, we’re not asking you to …continue reading the rest of The Best Winter Safety Tip You May Not Know