September is National Preparedness Month—Be Prepared, Not Scared

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National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. It is recognized to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared." Ready.gov and FEMA offer a number of resources to help educate people and organizations on what they can do prepare for different man-made and natural emergency situations. Each week is given a different theme to focus on different areas of emergency preparedness. The four themes for this year’s campaign are:

  • Week 1 (Sept. 1–7): Save Early for Disaster Costs
  • Week 2 (Sept. 8–14): Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 3 (Sept. 15–21): Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 4 (Sept. 22–30): Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

These themes echo the growing need for people to develop emergency plans that they can follow should disaster strike. They also highlight the damaging impact organizations can experience if they don’t have a plan.

Resources to Help You Prepare

Preparedness is one of the hallmark philosophies behind InformaCast mass notification software from Singlewire Software. Organizations that encounter emergencies without a plan often experience a disruption to daily operations, a negative impact on business continuity, and in extreme cases, have their people put in dangerous situations. In any organization, the most important asset is the people who belong to it. That’s why it’s so important to plan for different scenarios, understand how you will communicate safety information to people, and know what you want your people to do to stay out of harm’s way.

While our InformaCast software helps get the word out about emergencies, without a solid plan behind it, you won’t be able to properly leverage it for safety. That’s why we’ve put together numerous resources for organizations to help get the most out of their system. Explore the list below for links to resources that will help you prepare for emergency situations.

Preparedness Resources:

  • Scenario Planning: This blog post walks you through the six questions your organization will need to answer to prepare for emergency scenarios. By answering these questions, you’ll have a solid foundation for developing an emergency communication plan.
  • Common Alerts: This blog post details the four alerts that organizations should prioritize when setting up their mass notification system. Topics include active shooter, severe weather, panic button triggers, and 911 calls.
  • Active Shooter Training: While Singlewire Software does not offer active shooter training, this blog post compares two popular training modules: ALICE and Run. Hide. Fight. from the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Natural Disaster Planning: Severe weather and other natural disasters occur everywhere, sometimes without much advanced warning. From hurricanes to earthquakes, this eBook offers tips for developing messages and how to plan for specific natural disasters.

These are just some of the resources available on our website. Explore our blog, eBooks, cases studies and videos for more tools that can help you prepare for and mitigate disasters during National Preparedness Month

 

 

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