August 29, 2018 - September will be the 14th annual National Preparedness Month. This year's theme is "Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How." Having a plan for dealing with disasters is the most important thing, and these articles can help you focus on ways to prepare your business, your employees and everyone's families for various disasters and situations.
1. Ready.gov: National Preparedness Month
The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.
As September is often the peak of hurricane season, it's important to be prepared if one strikes and to know what to do afterward. Homeowners, families, communities, and businesses can use this month to find ways or help others understand more about preparing for disasters and reducing risks to health and the environment.
3. Are You Prepared?
At Smart911 we believe the best way to prepare is to first understand your risk and take action in advance of an emergency. By signing up for Smart911 and giving emergency responders details about members of your household, the location and description of your home and notes like emergency contacts and medical conditions, you are providing information that can save valuable time during an emergency. Read about these most common disasters.
4. Bringing National Preparedness Month to Your Organization
While it can be argued every month is a "preparedness month" for business continuity, IT and disaster recovery professionals, September is nevertheless a good time to take stock of contingency plans and communicate important resiliency concepts to employees, suppliers and other stakeholders.
5. 10 Business Continuity Practices for National Preparedness Month
Planning ahead for disasters can be the difference between going out of business and running a successful one. National Preparedness Month is the perfect time to start BCM, test and optimize your plans and share the value of business continuity for your organization.
6. Emergency preparedness: Training employees
When it comes to emergencies, you might ask yourself, how can I possibly prepare all of my employees for all possible disasters that can arise? Training for every conceivable emergency can seem daunting. How are you supposed to know what to train and at what frequency?
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