Whether natural or man-made, disaster can strike at any time. Which is why it’s so important to be prepared.
Next week marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month, so it’s a great time to check on your planning – at home and in the workplace. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, this year’s theme is Prepared, Not Scared. Weekly themes cover everything from saving early for disaster costs to teaching children to be prepared.
From fires and floods to devastating tornadoes like those that touched down in Ohio earlier this year, there are simple steps you can take to be ready when disaster strikes. Below are some tips to help you and your workplace be more prepared and resilient.
- Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and check access for wireless emergency alerts.
- Create and practice emergency communication and action plans.
- Participate in a preparedness training or class.
- Learn lifesaving skills, such as CPR and first aid.
- Assemble or update emergency supplies, including flashlights, batteries, food, water, and medicine.
- Collect and safeguard critical documents, such as birth certificates and insurance policies.
- Document property and check your insurance policies for relevant hazards, such as flood, fire, and tornadoes.
- Consider the costs associated with disasters and save for emergencies.
- Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
- Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
Studies show that when employers urge workers to prepare for disasters, employees are 75% more likely to take preparedness actions.
Don’t wait until a disaster or emergency strikes. Take action now to protect yourself, your family and your workplace and be prepared for anything.