The 2017 National Preparedness Month kicks off across the United States this September. This year’s theme is “Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.” The initiative is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is in its thirteenth year.
While stories of approaching hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and tropical storms abound, this time of year is a great time to have a disaster management workshop or discussion with your employees, tenants, and family. With the right planning, you can assist first responders during an emergency and help save lives.
Each week of National Preparedness Month has a theme and list of actions to help you in your preparedness efforts. Here’s the four-week outline as noted on DHS’s website Ready.gov.
Week 1, September 1-9: Make a plan for yourself, family and friends
- Make an emergency plan.
- Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area.
- Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.
- Check your insurance coverage and review the document and insure property guide.
- Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.
Week 2, September 10-16: Plan to help your community
- Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until help can arrive.
- Take Until Help Arrives training.
- Check on your neighbours.
- Talk with your power company about utility safety.
- On National Prepareathon Day, Friday, September, 15, hold an event.
Week 3, September 17-23: Practice and build out your plans
- Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit.
- Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency.
- Participate in an emergency drill.
- Know how to access community resources (e.g., shelters, food banks).
Week 4, September 24-30: Get involved! Be a part of something larger
- Get your campus, business, faith-based organization and community organization prepared for an emergency.
- Join Weather Ready Nation.
- Sign up for Ready Business Workshop.
Up to 40 per cent of businesses fail to recover after a natural disaster. The more planning you do, the less risk you have. It’s imperative that your business is prepared for potential life threatening emergencies or disasters such as: fire, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, bomb threats, suspicious packages, explosions, hazardous materials, power failure, pandemic, flood, armed or violent intruder, and medical emergencies. The more comprehensive your safety program is, the more you lower your risk and exposure. Contact us today to help with your planning, training and supply needs.