If recent wildfires in California and recent hurricane seasons have taught us anything, it is disasters happen quickly and with little to no warning. Lives are lost and property destroyed when individuals and communities are not prepared for the unexpected.
In the home and the workplace, preparedness is the first step in successfully navigating a disaster. While it is impossible to plan for every eventuality, some basic preplanning can pay dividends. Take the following steps to prepare:
- Review your workplace Emergency Action Plan. A plan is only worth having if you know how it works. Develop a plan for evacuations at work and home, and run practice drills.
- Assemble basic emergency kits for home, work, and your vehicle. A comprehensive list of recommended items is available at ready.gov.
- Maintain up-to-date digital and hard copies of important documents like insurance cards, driver’s licenses, passports, car titles, and home ownership information.
- Download and use phone apps to stay apprised of emergency and weather alerts. FEMA’s app can deliver emergency notifications for up to five locations and contains features to help with planning, locating shelters, and requesting assistance.
Natural disasters do not need to be disasters for you or your family. Think critically about what scenarios are likely in your community, and develop plans that can be put into place if the worst should happen.
Plan for emergencies in your workplace. RETTEW offers emergency preplanning services, preparedness audits, and workplace violence/active shooter training customized for your facility. Contact Kelly Kramer at 717.377.2374 to set up a consultation.
Safety training and consulting are only some of RETTEW’s close to 600 services. Our safety team works hand in hand with engineers, scientists, project managers, and other technical experts at sites such as manufacturing facilities, drill pads, and commercial construction. We are well respected in many industries and known for ensuring workers and equipment remain safe, which keeps your projects on track and your bottom line thriving.