Monday, July 28, 2014

Personal Preparedness

Your employees are your most valuable assets. When disaster strikes it will be your employees that will help you rebuild your organization. But if disaster strikes will your employees be able to respond – following Hurricane Katrina many organizations sat empty because their employees had also experienced catastrophe at home, many had lost their homes, had been displaced, had lost loved ones. The employees had to rebuild their own lives before they could help their organizations. Give your employees the tools they need to respond and rebuild – help them to prepare, help them to plan.

Clas Consulting’s course in personal preparedness gives your employees a foundation to build from.

 

Facilitated discussion will include:

Planning

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

Planning to Stay or Go

Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency, the first important decision is whether you stay where you are or evacuate. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information, including what you are learning here, to determine if there is an immediate danger. In any emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for information or official instruction as it becomes available. 

Emergency Information

Find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and man-made, are most likely to occur in your area and how you will be notified. Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio and TV broadcasts. You might hear a special siren, or get a telephone call, or emergency workers may go door-to-door.

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