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Make Emergency Preparedness a Priority: September Is National Preparedness Month

September 15, 2021 Posted by in Pockestop News, Mass Notification

Don’t wait to make it a New Year’s resolution, make emergency preparedness a priority today

Football season, cooler weather, and the holidays are right around the corner. Lots of things to look forward to! Before you start looking forward, however, take a look back and ask yourself “were we prepared?”

September is National Preparedness Month. This month, many national organizations will focus on emergency preparedness for both individuals, families and businesses. How did your business do this year? What can you learn from the way a power outage was handled? How would you handle an active shooter situation? Where should you direct your employees in the event of a tornado? Looking back, can you identify any weak areas in your emergency preparedness plan? What about things you did well or people who stepped up during an emergency?

Here at Pocketstop, we encourage implementing the RedFlag Notification System as part of your business’s emergency preparedness plan. But there are many other areas of emergency preparedness to consider. Below we have complied a list of tools and resources to help your business be better prepared for an urgent or emergency situation over the next year and beyond. When the worst case occurs, be ready.

  1. Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!
    America’s PrepareAthon is a grassroots effort for individuals, organizations and communities to focus on emergency preparedness through discussion, drills and exercises. Visit http://community.fema.gov/about to learn about your business’s risks and how to mitigate them.
  2. The U.S. Small Business Administration & Agility Recovery free webinars.
    Visit http://agilityrecovery.com/buildingblocks/ to register for any of four 30 minute webinars related to emergency preparedness planning. Each webinar will be presented at 2pm EDT each Wednesday in September.
  3. National Preparedness Month Digital Engagement Kit by Ready.gov.
    “Don’t wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today” is this year’s theme. Visit ready.gov to download the free kit and access more resources including weekly hazard focused themes covering floods, wildfires, hurricanes and power outages.
  4. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Focus Areas.
    The CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response will focus on four preparedness areas including family, neighborhood, workplace and school, and global health. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/preparedness_month.htm to learn more about protecting your workforce from infectious diseases.
  5. 2015 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar.
    Click here to access a comprehensive emergency preparedness planning calendar complete with links to websites full of resources.

Take some time to look over these resources and see what events might be happening in your local community. The best defense against a disaster is to prepare. Make emergency preparedness a priority today.

For more information about the RedFlag Notification System and how it can help improve your organization’s emergency preparedness plan, please give us a call at 469-457-2374 or live chat with us today.

 


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