Now is the Time to Prepare for Emergencies
September is National Preparedness Month. This year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its Ready.gov website, is asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets. Plan how to stay safe and communicate during the disasters that can affect your community.They ask everyone to participate in America’s “PrepareAthon” and the national day of action, National PrepareAthon! Day, which culminates National Preparedness Month on September 30.
For businesses, SMACNA developed the model program Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity to provide SMACNA contractors with a valuable emergency preparedness and business continuity program workbook. Sections of the document address risk assessment, forming a crisis management team, emergency preparation, recovery and resumption, and a list of useful resources.
An essential “risk matrix” table will enable you to identify the threats and hazards associated with the probability and impact of possible disasters, along with other negative incidents that could adversely affect an organization. You can choose the potential hazards that your company could be exposed to and concentrate your efforts on those issues.
This new program can be found in SMACNA’s Guide to Safety and Health Policies, Procedures, and Model Programs on SMACNA’s safety web page.SMACNA members can access this model program on the SMACNA website / safety web page.www.smacna.org/safety
If you have questions about emergency preparedness, please contact Mike McCullion, director of safety and health at email@example.com or (703) 995-4027.