Will You Be Ready When the Big One Hits?
Residents of California often hear warnings of the next big disaster, primarily, the next big earthquake. A disaster or emergency can take on many forms from natural to man-made, whether it be fire, flood, earthquake, or even a potential terrorist attack. The 2019 National Preparedness Month theme is, “Prepared, Not Scared.” The old adage, “better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it,” certainly applies here. Part of the planning is identifying the potential emergency that could take place. How will your family exit your home or apartment in the event of a fire? If family members are in different locations due to work, school, shopping, etc., what is the communication plan if a disaster strikes? Are there certain medical or dietary needs for a family member? How will you manage your pets? Developing a disaster plan is relatively simple with help from websites like www.ready.gov and www.calema.gov.
What If You Own or Operate a Business?
If you’re a business owner, how will you safeguard your investment? Have you developed a business continuity plan? What’s at risk? By following a simple step by step process in the Disaster Planning Toolkit, located on the Chamber’s website, a business owner or operator can create a disaster and recovery plan. The toolkit provides a quick self-assessment, checklists, forms and more information critical to creating a plan of action.