SummitET Receives 2021 Hire Vets Medallion Award from U.S. Department of Labor

SummitET Receives 2021 Hire Vets Medallion Award from U.S. Department of Labor

November 10, 2021 – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia recognized Summit Exercises & Training® (SummitET®), a Preparedness Solutions Company® as one of the 849 recipients of the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during an award ceremony at the U.S. Department of Labor. SummitET earned the GOLD Award for the second year in a row. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program recognizing job creators who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans. 

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“Thirty-eight percent of our team members are former military,” states John Duda, SummitET CEO. “We are proud to be a veteran-owned company and honored to employ military veterans whose skill sets so clearly complement our core capabilities.” 

SummitET joins 848 other companies throughout the United States who have shown a commitment to hiring veterans, ensuring veterans have a long-term career and growth plan, and using the diverse skills they acquired through their military service. 

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is based on several criteria, ranging from veteran hiring and retention, providing veteran-specific resources, leadership programming, dedicated human resources, and compensation and tuition assistance programs – with requirements varying for large, medium, and small employers. 

Are you interested in joining our diverse team? See our careers here

  

About SummitET®
Summit Exercises and Training LLC is a St. Petersburg, Florida-based, veteran-owned small company that provides proven full spectrum preparedness solutions through industry-leading experts and impeccable customer service. Our diverse team supports corporate and governmental organizations and agencies in providing systematic risk reduction that developing solutions that address issues such as critical infrastructure protection, national security threats involving terrorism and WMD, radiological and emergency preparedness, cybersecurity, workplace violence safety, active shooter programs, and strategic communications. 

About the HIRE Vets Medallion Program 

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is earned by leading businesses that demonstrate unparalleled commitment to attracting and retaining veterans. The 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Program will open to employers on Jan. 31, 2022. For more information about the program and the application process, visit www.HIREVets.gov. 

  

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SummitET Announces Strategic Communications Institute for Preparedness™

SummitET Announces Strategic Communications Institute for Preparedness™

St. Petersburg, FL. Summit Exercises & Training® (SummitET®), a Preparedness Solutions Company®, launches The Strategic Communications Institute for Preparedness™ (SCIP). The institute prepares communicators for the next level of strategic and critical thinking when addressing threats and hazards across the prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery mission areas.

SummitET SCIP offers diverse strategic communication curriculum to meet a variety of audiences, including foundational training for new strategic communicators, refresher courses, advanced training principles and strategies for seasoned strategic communicators. 

“Our cadre of instructors is made up of current and former communication practitioners and members of the media, with decades of experience,” states John Duda, SummitET CEO. “We have blended this experience and talent with the latest in digital media methodologies and emerging technologies to produce a client workforce that is prepared to effectively drive messaging and improve planning.” 

SummitET SCIP offers more than twenty-five in-person and virtual workshops that can be customized to the client’s training needs. These workshops are also recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® to Human Resource professionals. The cost of attending one of the Institute’s workshops is nominal, particularly for organizations of the federal government, where pricing is at or below the federal government’s micro-purchase threshold level and/or the simplified acquisition threshold level.

Learn more about the virtual workshops for individuals and organizations at SummitET.com/workshops or review SummitET SCIP 2021 training brochure at SummitET.com/strategic-communications-institute. For more information about the Strategic Communications Institute for Preparedness, or if you are interested in hosting a cost-sharing local/regional workshop contact Info@SummitET.com. 

About SummitET®
Summit Exercises and Training LLC (SummitET®) is a veteran-owned small business that seeks to offer innovative preparedness solutions. When founded, our team sought to develop a more flexible model that could be adapted to serve the needs of any organization large or small. Drawing on a diversity of experience in emergency management and response, communications, military, government, and the private sector, the team brings a comprehensive perspective to managing and mitigating risk. By applying best practices in management and organizational behavior, strategy and planning, together with the latest developments in learning and technology, SummitET has quickly grown its reputation as an industry leader, serving a range of clients.

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SummitET is recognized by SHRM and offers Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org. 

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Quick Thoughts on Messaging and Communicating for Health Physicists

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Steve Sugarman*, MS, CHP, SummitET® Vice President and Corporate Health Physicist, SummitET.com

Acknowledgements: Mark Basnight, SummitET® Vice President of Communications and Marketing; Holly Hardin, SummitET® Strategic Communications Program Manager

Words have meaning, and subtle shifts in the language we use can have a large impact on the message being delivered and the perceptions of the receiving audience. This is especially important when speaking about topics that may cause anxiety in people, such as radiation. Should the media report “radiation leaks” at some facility, a health physicist (HP) would know that radiation doesn’t leak, but that radioactive materials do if not properly contained. Many people don’t understand the difference between exposure and contamination. While the differences in various concepts may seem elementary to an HP, it’s an extremely important difference and can be a primary driver in emergency response. After the accident at Fukushima, there were numerous articles written about the “antiradiation pill,” yet one does not exist. These types of messages, coupled with a lack of understanding, shape people’s perception of radiation and radioactivity.

The importance of effective communication cannot be overstated. Radiation can be a scary word. A lack of knowledge and/or not understanding how radiation works can lead people to make decisions they may not have made had they been more aware of the true nature of the potential hazard. As HPs, we play a key role in providing information and guidance to various stakeholders to help facilitate good decision-making.

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Camden County HAZMAT vehicle outside Haddon Township High School, 1-8-21. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.

A recent example of an overreaction based on a lack of understanding of the relative hazard happened on 8 January 2021 in Haddon Township, New Jersey. A student brought a uranium-glazed plate (Fiesta® ware) and Geiger counter that he had been given for Christmas to school to show a teacher. As a result, Haddon Township High School was evacuated over radiation concerns. Agencies that responded to the scene included local law enforcement, fire, HAZMAT, and even representatives from the county prosecutor’s office. Unnecessary responses of this nature draw resources from areas where they may be needed, are expensive, negatively impact the involved institutions, create concern/fear for the public, and unintentionally increase risk to evacuees—not to mention the overall risk associated with just responding to an incident.

It can be difficult to take a complicated topic and simplify it into easily understood terms while maintaining factual integrity. The implications of effective communications are far reaching—whether it is helping an individual who has radiation-related concerns about an anticipated medical procedure or affecting the public’s willingness to accept emergency-management recommendations during an incident involving radioactive materials. We should all hone our communication skills to help educate others about what radiation can and cannot do.

Let’s consider how we process risk. According to the late Dr. Dennis Mileti, who specialized in disaster communication, people pick the messages they want to hear. For example, in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, people will select what they want to hear about the need for masks, about the timeline for a vaccine, about social distancing, etc. Messages that motivate behavior change must consider emotion, social networks, and group identity—all important things to consider. We must understand people’s fears before we tell them what to do; make all public directives as specific, consistent, and clear as possible; and ensure messages come from many different sources when trust is rare. The pandemic has highlighted the distrust that mixed messages and mixed respect for experts can generate. These are not necessarily new issues, but they are certainly contributing to the complexity of the current information ecosystem.

Remember who your information consumers are—what modalities they use and what their preferences for information consumption are. While society evolves and we try to understand the vast diversity of culture, we can all agree that communication can be complex. Understand the emotional status of your audiences and tailor messages to address their fears and/or perceptions. Strong emotions are not likely to be overcome by simply providing facts. When addressing fear and concern, the person giving the information and how it is perceived will oftentimes overshadow what has been said. Set up information expectations and stick to what you know—and be forthright with what you don’t know. Remember that the people you are talking to may have fears and preconceptions that as an HP you overcame long ago, and your empathy when dealing with a situation will likely go as far—or farther—than the facts you are providing.

For information on communication workshops for your organization or agency visit the Strategic Communications Institute for Preparedness.

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*Steve Sugarman, a member of the Health Physics Society Public Information Committee has responded to numerous radiation events throughout his career. The importance of good communications cannot be overstated. Steve subscribes to the idea verbalized by Sydney J. Harris—The two words “information” and “communication” are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.

Steve Sugarman of SummitET Communicating for Health Physicists

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Workplace Violence: Strategic Threat Assessment Group Workshop for Orgs

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Workplace Violence: Strategic Threat Assessment Group Workshop for Orgs

All organizations are faced with workplace violence threats or incidents. Most organizations, however, do not know how to quickly resolve threatening behavior and reduce the risk of a serious incident from occurring. Not having a trained and at the ready threat resolution capability can be dangerous for employees and visitors, and costly to an organization. Let us help you reduce risk.

SummitET’s workplace violence Strategic Threat Assessment Group (STAG) is an organization’s solution to identifying and resolving threats before they are acted upon. A STAG is a multi-disciplined team of employees with roles and responsibilities, processes, procedures, tools, and training who come together upon a potential threat to make quick factual determinations and timely recommendations for senior decision-making to obviate threatening behavior. We help build this capability within your organization to properly assess and reduce risk of workplace violence incidents directed against employees or the organization.

Friday, June 4, 2021

1pm – 4pm est

Location: Adobe Connect

This participatory workshop uses interactive engagement, group discussion, and scenario-based activities. Webcam use is preferred for all participants and microphones and reliable internet are required.

Public Event

Virtual, Facilitator Led

Three Hours

Please review the terms and conditions in the Course Agreement.  Please review Eventbrite’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for complete details.

Registration Deadline June 5, 2021

Register 4 or more attendees and receive a 10% discount.

Select 4+ Registrants in the eventbrite registration above.

Learning
Objectives

  • Learn how to implement the STAG concept of operations (composition, roles and responsibilities, process, and methodology)
  • Practice gathering information and applying an assessment tool
  • Practice developing recommended courses of action for decision makers
  • Gain familiarization of behaviors that may act as precursors to workplace violence
  • Discuss statistics, best practices/lessons learned , and strategies to reduce risk of workplace violence

The STAG is not intended to conduct high-level predictive analysis, but rather to provide sufficient information to support and defend commended courses of action to reduce risk.

Interactive
Engagement

Knowledge Checks & Polling

Case Study Exercises

Scenario-Based Interactive Exercises

Who Should
Attend

This course is open to anyone present in the United States at the time of the live event.

Corporate Leadership

Emergency Management

Employee Assistance Personnel

Facilities Management

HR Professionals and Managers

Legal/Compliance

Operations Managers

Security Supervisors and Managers

Victim/Witness Specialists

Workshop Facilitators

Our Workplace Violence STAG workshop is led by retired FBI Special Agents with decades of experience in gathering facts, conducting assessments, and providing supported recommended courses of action for risk reduction and senior level decision-making.

Questions?

This workshop is also available on request for organizations or angencies to help build your own Threat Assessment Group.

Contact our team at info@summitet.com or fill out the form and our experts will contact you directly. 

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John Duda CEO of SummitET

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