Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • Today is America's PrepareAthon 2014

    Participating in America’s PrepareAthon! is easy and inexpensive. Your organization can participate in several ways:

    • Hold discussions and drills to explain workplace plans and policies and to motivate your employees, students, congregants, and volunteers to be better prepared at home.
    • Conduct a table-top exercise with leaders and managers to take steps as an organization to increase your readiness.
    • Promote America’s PrepareAthon! throughout your networks.

    Why Participate

    America’s PrepareAthon! enables individuals and organizations to prepare for specific hazards through informative presentations, group discussions and activities, and tabletop exercises. Organizations have tremendous influence on their members and constituents when it comes to preparing for a disaster. For example, when employers encourage employees to be prepared for disasters, employees are 75 percent more likely to take action. And with more than 63 percent of the U.S. population aged 16 or older in the labor force, the workplace is one of the most effective environments for educating and encouraging people to take steps to be ready for disasters.

    Participating in America’s PrepareAthon! will benefit your workplace or community organization by helping you to:

    • Increase knowledge of safety policies and procedures;
    • Build morale and trust by demonstrating a commitment to safety and well-being;
    • Enhance organizational coordination and communication on preparedness and continuity of operations;
    • Reduce a disaster’s effects, including injury and loss of life, property or inventory damage, and financial loss from business disruption; and
    • Strengthen relationships with local emergency responders and community leaders to reach a common understanding of community risks, needs, and capabilities.

    *** Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog

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  • America's PrepareAthon is September 30

    Disaster-Survival-GearThat's right... are you Ready? We've been spending the whole month getting prepared. ( Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog ) Now September 30th is upon us and it's time to recognize preparedness, readiness, and our ability to deal with whatever may come our way!

    Be Aware Take Action To PrepareGot an Event planned for America's PrepareAthon? Want to attend a scheduled Preparedness Event?

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    Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
  • Lazy! Do Something.

    Only 2 days left - what have you done for National Preparedness month?

    SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

    National Preparedness Month is an effort involving a broad range of agencies, spearheaded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to help Individuals and Businesses throughout our Nation prepare for any crisis we may face. Depending upon one’s location and situation, “Disaster” can mean anything from natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods to cyber incidents, and even acts of terrorism.

    As the White House reminded us in its National Preparedness Month 2014 Proclamation, it is every American’s responsibility to be prepared. By planning for emergencies, individuals can protect themselves and their families while also contributing to their communities’ resilience. During National Preparedness Month, we refocus our efforts on readying ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and our Nation.FirstAidMart.com offers this page of resources to help you be prepared.

  • Prepare & Share

    OK - National Preparedness Month is almost over... and we'll end with a bang on 9/30 with America's PrepareAthon...

    You've done your part, right?

    You are Prepared at Home, at Work, and in your Car... now what?

    TEACH OTHERS!

    Once you’ve prepared yourself and your family, become a leader in preparedness.

    Teach others to be prepared and serve as an advocate for safety and emergency preparedness within your community.  Join the National Preparedness Coalition to get outreach resources, sample social media messages, and connect with other 'leaders in preparedness' around the county.

    In your outreach, we also encourage you to use resources like FEMA’s Are You Ready? Guide. The guide also has a Facilitator component (available to order through the FEMA Distribution Warehouse) and will give you helpful tips while serving as a good supplemental guide for families, neighbors, colleagues, businesses, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, community organizations and other groups interested in preparing for emergencies.

    Our partner organizations also offer instructional materials for trainers and educators:

    • FEMA-Sponsored Courses - Emergency Management Institute
    • CERT Training – National CERT ProgramCERT
    • Stop.Think.Connect.™ - The Department of Homeland Security’s national cybersecurity awareness campaignStop.Think.Connect. offers free resources for leading cybersecurity awareness activities and presentations for groups of all ages.
    • Crime Prevention Presentations - National Crime Prevention Council
    • Community Disaster Educator Certification - You can also lead by serving in an outreach and communications role.  Join our preparedness coalitions and look for local activities that are a part of these events:  National Preparedness Month, Resolve to be Ready, Minor League Baseball and more.

    Make your pledge to preparedness known by promoting your efforts and activities through local media and other promotional opportunities.  Being a leader means you are getting the word out – influence others to prepare by sharing your success as a community leader and providing opportunities for others to Get Involved.

    *** Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog

  • Food for your Emergency Kit

    It is STILL National Preparedness Month!

    Let's zero in on how to build an emergency kit.  One of the most important parts of your emergency kit is food!  When packing for an emergency kit, you need to consider what kinds of food to pack and how much. Thankfully, Ready.gov offers a few tips on how to stock your kit with the food you will need:

    • Have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods; peanut butter, protein Disaster-Survivalbars and ready-to-eat canned fruits and vegetables are a few examples;
    • Choose foods that your family will actually eat so no one goes hungry;
    • Remember to pack foods that do not conflict with anyone’s dietary needs;
    • Avoid foods that will make you thirsty; and
    • Pack salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods.

    Do you have your emergency kit in order? If not, join America’s PrepareAthon!

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    *** Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog

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    72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Supplies for Earthquake, Hurricane, Tornado, Twister, Nuclear Disasters, Wilderness Survival & More… C.E.R.T. & F.E.M.A.
    Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
  • What have you done for National Preparedness Month?

    No matter who you are - take at least one step forward toward Preparedness...

    What is National Preparedness Month all about? Getting ready. For what? For whatever may come your way.

    Disaster-Survival-GearIndividuals: Prepare your home, prepare your car, check your batteries. Have a Family? Prepare the kids... think about the Grandparents... How about your pets?

    Businesses: Raise awareness. Share Information. Prepare your facility to shelter in place.

    National Preparedness Month culminates in America's PrepareAthon on September 30th... DO SOMETHING!

    Get Involved.

    Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog 

  • Is your Business Prepared?

    Each year small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes.  Business interruptions, even if they last just a few hours, are costly in terms of lost productivity and profits.

    • Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog

    Get Your Business Ready For Any Kind of Disaster at Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

    Prepare and Endure! Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, too, you should Check your Emergency Supplies:
    Count your stock... is it enough?
    Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    Keep cash on hand
    Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
    Survival Gear: Disaster, Emergency Preparedness, Camping & Survival Supply
    72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Supplies for Earthquake, Hurricane, Tornado, Twister, Nuclear Disasters, Wilderness Survival & More… C.E.R.T. & F.E.M.A.

    TODAY: If You Do Nothing Else This Year

    Simple, low-cost tips on building a solid business continuity plan.

    You’ve finally achieved your dream. Don’t lose it to a power outage, hacker disruption, fire, earthquake or other disaster. If you’re not prepared, a disaster could put you and your employees at risk, possibly shutting down your business forever.

    Roughly 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster. But you can.

    "A business continuity plan is an essential factor of a small company’s long-term success and will contribute to the community’s economic recovery in the aftermath of a disaster. ”

    -Maria Contreras-Sweet
    Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration 

    Disaster planning and preparedness can be your lifeline to staying in business. With proper education, planning, testing and disaster assistance, you will be able to stay in business through any interruption and beyond.

    SBA has partnered with Agility Recovery to offer business continuity strategies through their “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to check out the archived webinars and for more disaster preparedness tools.

    READ MORE: Business Readiness

  • What is National Preparedness Month?

    Now, for the 11th year, we spend the Month of September, as a National Movement, ready-buttonfrom the White House, to FEMA, the CDC and every State, organizations like First Aid Mart and the American Red Cross... and volunteer groups like C.E.R.T. promoting awareness and preparedness for whatever calamities may occur.

    Read this many posts and articles in this section for helpful suggestions, free resources, and emergency training and plans. This information will help you prepare yourself, your family, your business and your community. Oh, did we say free? Yes - these National Preparedness resources are free!

  • We are American Red Cross Ready Rating Members. Are You?

    If you haven't already joined the American Red Cross Ready Rating Program, ask yourself: Why Not? It is free. It is helpful. Now during National Preparedness Month is the perfect time to think about readiness.

    ARC-ReadyRatingCreated in 2008 by the St. Louis Area Chapter, Ready Rating was originally designed as a marketing tool that would help to open doors and allow conversations to take place within businesses, organizations and schools about how to better prepare for emergencies. However, the program became much more than that in a short amount of time. In 2009 the St. Louis Area Chapter was joined by American Red Cross chapters in the following eight (8) cities for a two-year pilot: New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Raleigh, NC; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Dallas, TX; and, New Orleans, LA.

    Ready Rating: A FREE Service from the American Red Cross

    Ready Rating is a program that helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access to one-of-a-kind tools, resources and information for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property. Whether you are taking your first steps or have a fully-functioning emergency management program, the Ready Rating program can help you achieve a higher level of preparedness.

     123 Assessment

    Use the online self assessment to measure your organization‘s level of preparedness.

      Red cross kits

    Shop for American Red Cross preparedness equipment and supplies

     Emergency Response Planner

    Create customized emergency plans for your organization.

     Resource Center

    One stop shop for preparedness information, checklists and tools

    With the financial support of the Ready Rating National Founding Sponsor, Anheuser Busch, the nine (9) pilot chapters have demonstrated that the Ready Rating program is valued by it members, and helps businesses, organizations and schools improve their levels of preparedness. This is demonstrated by an average increase in members’ Ready Rating assessment score of 14% the first year, and a dramatic 50% in the second year!

    Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the
    National Preparedness Month Blog

    In 2010, management of the Ready Rating program was transitioned to American Red Cross national headquarters, and with the addition of Sam’s Club as a National Sponsor, several enhancements to the Ready Rating website and tools were added to the program. The enhancements include a streamlined process for new members to sign up and begin using the program, an update of the assessment to better align with the Department of Homeland Security Private Sector Preparedness Guidance (PS-Prep), and increased capacity to make the Ready Rating program available nationwide. Beginning in February 2011, these enhancements will now be available to more organizations while providing an even better experience for current Ready Rating member organizations!American_Red_Cross_Slide (1)

  • Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk: PREPARE #PrepareChat

    Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the National Preparedness Month Blog

    #PrepareChat – Learn the Actions to Get Prepared

    Ready_Back_Cover_Print_EN_20061215.inddDid you know one of the main reasons people don’t get prepared is because they don’t know what to do? On September 23 from 2-3 PM EST America’s PrepareAthon!, the Ready campaign, the National Weather Service, and the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors, including the Koshland Science Museum and Property Casualty Insurers, will hold a TweetChat. During the chat, experts will be live on Twitter to offer some simple low and no cost preparedness actions you can take between now and September 30—National PrepareAthon! Day—to get prepared for any disaster.

    • Date:   September 23, 2014
    • Time:   2-3 PM (EST)
    • Hashtag: #PrepareChat
    • Location: Online via Twitter

    Natural disasters can happen at any time, so proper planning and practicing protective actions is essential. We will be answering questions submitted by participants during the TweetChat. If you have questions in advance about what actions to take before, during or after a disaster that you would like to see addressed during the TweetChat, you can send them by 5:00 PM (EST) on September 22 to @PrepareAthon.

    More Dates for Your Calendar!

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