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How You Can “Celebrate” National Preparedness Month 2016

Originally created by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month is observed each September. The awareness campaign encourages people to make preparations for emergency situations in their homes, businesses and communities.

Preparedness is a daily routine for resiliency and business continuity professionals. However, September is still a good time to communicate resiliency concepts to employees, suppliers and other key stakeholders. Here are a few ways you might consider “celebrating” National Preparedness Month and take advantage of the national buzz.

Encourage employees to develop their own family preparedness plan.

If the safety and security of an employee’s family is uncertain, it will difficult, if not impossible, for them to focus on work-related recovery responsibilities. A family preparedness plan will provide the employee with a measure of comfort and security, assuring readiness when assuming their required role in an organizational crisis.

You can find more tips on family preparedness here:

Is Family Preparedness Missing From Your Resiliency Plan


Evaluate the accuracy of your planning and communication scenarios.

Circumstances change frequently within organizations as people move around or leave the organization. All of this movement likely affects how organizations respond and communicate during critical events. September is a time to revisit your plans and make sure your bases are covered. Further, it’s a great time to make sure your notification scenarios are still accurate and aligned with desired responsibilities/actions.

You can find more tips on planning and scenarios here:

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Secure contact information updates from employees and other stakeholders.

National Preparedness Month can be a great trigger for reminding people to update their contact records. By using a Self-Update portal, key personnel can go online and add, delete or correct their personal information, increasing the odds of alerts being delivered in a more accurate and timely fashion.

You can find additional information on Self-Registration portals here:

Things You Didn’t Know Your Emergency Notification System Could Do: Self-Registration


Introduce a New Notification Capability

Finally, National Preparedness Month might just be a good time to roll out new communication capabilities. If the company is just beginning to utilize mass notification technology, providing informational resources or conducting webinars would be helpful in introducing basic concepts. If mass notification is already a foundational tool for the organization, you might consider enhancing existing capabilities with functionality such as Desktop Alerting or alert recipient mobile apps (such as SWN Direct). Of course, if your organization doesn’t yet utilize mass notification, it’s a fantastic time to begin a dialogue with potential vendors.

Don’t miss the opportunity to leverage the buzz around National Preparedness Month. It’s the perfect time to reinforce the importance of preparedness and resilience practices within your organization.