Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/accint5/public_html/libraries/cms/application/cms.php on line 477
Accinctus - Be A Force of Nature: National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 2-8, 2014

Warning: include(html/template.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/accint5/public_html/templates/ijoomla04/index.php on line 136

Warning: include(html/template.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/accint5/public_html/templates/ijoomla04/index.php on line 136

Warning: include(): Failed opening 'html/template.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/accint5/public_html/templates/ijoomla04/index.php on line 136

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/accint5/public_html/components/com_k2/models/item.php on line 881
Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00

Be A Force of Nature: National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 2-8, 2014 Featured

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

 

To prepare for the spring and summer severe weather season across the country, NOAA and FEMA are sponsoring the National Severe Weather Preparedness Week from March 2-8, 2014.  This year’s theme is “Be A Force of Nature” and is intended to make people across the country more aware of natural weather threats.  From NOAA National Climatic Data Center:  “In 2013, there were 7 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood event, and the western drought / heat wave. Overall, these events killed 109 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.”

 

 

Tornados, floods, thunderstorms, windstorms, drought, heat waves, lightning, and a few other natural threats are all on the threat radar going into the spring and summer seasons.  Now is the time to plan what you’d do at home to prepare for these threats.  Four actions you should do for these and any other threats are:

1. Have a home preparedness kit, stocked appropriately for your family’s needs to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

2.  Create a family emergency plan.  This should include critical information (critical contacts and data), a plan of how you’ll all stay in contact and meet up if you’re separated, shelter information, and escape routes if you have to evacuate your home.

3.  Get educated on the regional threats and learn more about what you can do to protect yourself. 

4.  Pass it on – don’t forget to remind your family, friends, and neighbors they should get ready to. 


That covers your home actions, but what about work?  These events don’t just impact our homes and leave our schools and businesses alone.  Every company should have documented emergency procedures both for employees and for their response teams to deal with these threats (and more).  For employees, your procedures are required to be documented (by OSHA) in your Emergency Action Plan.  Do you know how your company will respond to a severe natural threat?  How will your business recover if you suffer damage from the storm, an 4 day power outage due to regional damage to the power grid, or a 10 day boil water order for your region.  If you don’t know what to do or even where to begin planning for these kinds of threats, the good news is you can do something about it NOW before these things can happen.  If you need help identifying your top threats or developing your response and recovery procedures, please contact me – Accinctus can help.


As always – Be Aware – Be Prepared – Be Safe!

 








Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/accint5/public_html/components/com_k2/templates/default/item.php on line 248
Read 1587 times Last modified on Friday, 28 March 2014 15:33