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!