September is National Preparedness Month

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Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, September is National Preparedness Month.

Throughout the month of September, Americans are encouraged to take steps to prepare for all types of emergencies, including man-made and natural disasters, as well as to join America’s PrepareAthonsm, a nationwide, community-based initiative aimed at increasing readiness and resilience.

For individuals and families, this may include building an emergency supply kit, purchasing a weather radio, taking a CPR class, or getting involved with local community groups that provide disaster relief. It’s also a great time to donate blood to the American Red Cross, or make a contribution to The Salvation Army.

For businesses, National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity to review business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) plans and make any necessary improvements, particularly in the area of communication.

Whether your organization relies on manual call trees, paging systems or an emergency notification service like that provided by Send Word Now®, take time out between now and September 30th, to adequately test and evaluate the results.

Regardless of the method of message delivery, you obviously need current phone numbers (landline and mobile) and email addresses (preferably work and personal) if you are to get and stay in touch with employees or their families in a crisis.

Set a date in September to have all your company’s emergency contact information updated – and stick to it. Test a second time to confirm the accuracy of the information. In fact, do this exercise on a regular basis, whether once a month, once per quarter or two times each year, to further ensure your organization’s overall readiness.

Simple, proactive measures such as these will go a long way in an actual emergency.

To learn other actions you can take to better prepare yourself and your business, visit www.ready.gov, a key component of FEMA’s popular public education outreach campaign.

And, follow Send Word Now’s blog throughout National Preparedness Month as we take a closer look into Ready’s “Preparedness Planning for Your Business.” Each week, we’ll focus on one of the five key steps to developing a comprehensive emergency preparedness program, offering guidance and expertise for:
– Program Management
– Planning
– Implementation
– Testing & Exercises
– Program Improvement
Emphasis will be placed on critical communications; and best practices, statistic and additional resources will be shared.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more and improve your organization’s resilience during National Preparedness Month 2014. _