September is National Preparedness Month

Well this came just on time!

September is National Preparedness Month

And you thought it was August!

From the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council

The tragic and disturbing scenes from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama is a reminder that disasters – whether acts of nature, or terrorism – can quickly cripple a community or region particularly if citizens are not individually prepared to take care of their basic needs during the time period directly following the trigger event. September is National Preparedness Month.

Urge your workforce, colleagues, partners, neighbors and friends to be ready – to get or organize a kit and establish a plan – in preparation for an emergency event.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed a range of resources that business owners can use to plan for emergencies, and promote preparedness in the workplace.

PROMOTE FAMILY AND INDIVIDUAL PREPAREDNESS

1. Re-establishing routines, including getting back to work, is important to the well-being of people who have experienced disasters. If individuals and families are prepared, your community, company and co-workers are better positioned in an emergency situation.

2. Encourage your employees and their families to: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed. Go to www.ready.gov for more information.

3. Print out and distribute copies of Preparing Makes Sense brochures for your family, friends, and co-workers.

4. Include emergency preparedness information in newsletters, church bulletins, on company intranet, periodic employee emails and other communications tools.

Consider how family members and friends will communicate with other family members and friends in case they are separated from one another or injured. Family Communications Plan.

Instapundit has many more suggestions on how best to prepare yourself for an emergency.

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