Don’t be blindsided by disasters

Don’t be blindsided by disasters

The East Coast earthquake. Hurricane Irene. Texas wildfires. The anniversary of 9/11. If those events don’t already have you checking your organization’s emergency plans, here’s another reason: September is National Preparedness Month.

Guarantee that your plans are comprehensive and up to date with these actions:

  • Convene an interdepartmental committee. Make sure every segment of your organization is involved in reviewing and improving your plans. Don’t forget your customers and suppliers.
     
  • Prevent information from becoming outdated. Have a system in place to automatically update phone numbers and other critical information when staff members change.
     
  • Test and drill. Don’t wait for an emergency to find the flaws. Hold a tabletop exercise and evacuation drills.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers resources for businesses at www.ready.gov. Additional resources are available from the Small Business Administration and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

Discover what it really takes to be prepared for disaster and the critical components most people miss with Small Disaster to Worst-Case Scenario: Not Planning for Disaster Makes the Emergency Worse.

 
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