Preparedness Planning for Your Business – Hurricane Preparedness

Preparedness Planning for Your Business

Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today’s world including natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic. Human-caused hazards include accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism. Examples of technology-related hazards are the failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software.

Ready Business will assist businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards. This website and its tools utilize an “all hazards approach” and follows the program elements within National Fire Protection Association 1600, Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs. NFPA 1600 is an American National Standard and has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The five steps in developing a preparedness program are:

 

  • Program Management
    • Organize, develop and administer your preparedness program
    • Identify regulations that establish minimum requirements for your program
  • Planning
    • Gather information about hazards and assess risks
    • Conduct a business impact analysis (BIA)
    • Examine ways to prevent hazards and reduce risks
  • Implementation
    Write a preparedness plan addressing:

    • Resource management
    • Emergency response
    • Crisis communications
    • Business continuity
    • Information technology
    • Employee assistance
    • Incident management
    • Training
  • Testing and Exercises
    • Test and evaluate your plan
    • Define different types of exercises
    • Learn how to conduct exercises
    • Use exercise results to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan
  • Program Improvement
    • Identify when the preparedness program needs to be reviewed
    • Discover methods to evaluate the preparedness program
    • Utilize the review to make necessary changes and plan improvements

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Source : Ready.gov: FEMA

What to do Before a Hurricane – Hurricane Preparedness

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
  • Make plans to secure your property:
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Another year-round option would be installation of laminated glass with impact-resistant glazing. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • If in a high-rise building, when high winds are present, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor because wind conditions increase with height, and in a small interior room without windows. When flooding may be occuring, be prepared to take shelter on a floor safely above the flooding and wave effects.
  • Consider building a safe room.

Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your business, visit the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (NFIP) Web site,www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419.

Know your Alerts & Warnings – Hurricane Preparedness

Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference
in knowing when to take action to be safe. Local police and fire departments, emergency managers, the National
Weather Service (NWS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and private industry are
working together to make sure you can receive alerts and warnings quickly through several different technologies
no matter where you are–at home, at school, at work, or in the community.

For those with access and functional needs, many messages are TTY/TDD compatible and many devices have
accessible accommodations. Review this fact sheet to make sure you will receive critical information as soon as
possible so you can take action to be safe. Be sure to share this information with your family, friends, and colleagues.
And remember to keep extra batteries for your mobile phone or radio in a safe place or consider purchasing other
back-up power supplies such as a car, solar-powered, or hand crank charger.

Click this link to find a detailed guide of Alerts and Warning by Fema.

:Source by fema.gov:

 

Be Smart, Know your Hazard – Hurricane Preparedness

Be Smart. Know Your Hazard

Hurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation, and can affect both coastal and inland areas. For more information, download the How to Prepare for a Hurricane guide, which provides the basics of hurricanes, explains how to protect yourself and your property, and details the steps to take now so that you can act quickly at a time when every second counts.

Hurricane Basics

  • WHAT: Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world.
  • WHEN: The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.
  • WHERE: Each year, many parts of the United States experience heavy rains, strong winds, floods, and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes. Affected areas include all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, parts of the Southwest, the Pacific Coast, and the U.S. territories in the Pacific.

Know the Risk

Do you want to have a better understanding of the hurricane risk you and your community face? Below is a map of the United States and the frequency of hurricane and tropical storm activity by county. Atlantic data dates back to 1851, while Pacific data includes storms since 1949.

Want to know more? Go to American’s PrepareAthon!

:Source Fema.com:

Odell Recommends APP and Hurricane Preparedness Plan

Odell Recommends APP and Hurricane Preparedness Plan

As June 1 was the official start of the hurricane season, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell is urging residents to plan ahead by creating emergency plans, storing necessary supplies and knowing what resources are available to help.

“In recent years, Putnam residents have endured Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Superstorm Sandy, so we know that we are not immune to the devastation that can come with severe weather,” said Odell. “While I hope that we are spared from the loss of power, limited accessibility to gas and downed trees that have plagued the region in past storms, it is always a good idea to be prepared and plan ahead.”

To help residents devise their own emergency plan, Putnam County has on its Putnam County Cares mobile app, an Emergency Services category where the interactive Emergency Go Kit and Weather Emergency Tips can be found. The app provides up-to-the-minute information about emergency situations, outages, charging stations and other valuable information during and after a storm.

“For so many of us, our cell phones become our lifeline during and in the aftermath of a storm. By having the Putnam County Cares app on your device, you will instantly have valuable information at your fingertips,” said Odell. 

In addition to updating information on its app, Putnam County also has information available on its website (www.putnamcountyny.com) where PutnamCountyCares.org can be found in the streaming news banner. The county also pushes information out through its Facebook (Facebook.com/Putnam-County-Government) and Twitter (PutnamCountyGov.) pages.

Odell strongly recommends that residents participate in NY-Alert, the state’s all-hazards alert and notification web-based portal. NY-Alert is a free service that provides critical emergency-related information including instructions and recommended protective actions developed in real-time by emergency service personnel. Concurrent with the posting to this website, that same information is disseminated through various communications systems (e.g. email, cell phones, media outlets) to those who have signed on.

The information posted through NY-Alert includes severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous materials spills, and many other emergency conditions. By signing up, users will find information regarding response actions being taken by local and state agencies and protective actions that should be taken to protect individuals, families and property.

“NY-Alert is a tool to provide residents with critical information when it is most needed,” said Odell.

To sign up for NY-Alert visit www.nyalert.gov.

The county is continually working with other municipalities as well as with New York State Electric and Gas and Central Hudson Gas & Electric on the best practices and decisions in the days leading up to a forecasted storm, during the storm, and in the short- and long-term recovery following a major storm.

Putnam County Government is online at putnamcountyny.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Putnam-County-Government/157050931063685 and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/putnamcountygov