September is National Preparedness Month. This observance raises awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and disaster that are unfortunately unpredictable.
The theme for 2021 is “Prepare to protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” The campaign features a different focus each week. Environmental Health & Safety Services wants to tell you how you can prepare your business each week this month for emergencies and disasters.
Week 1 (September 1-4): Make a Plan
This week is dedicated to working out how you will communicate with your business before, during, and after a potential disaster. This year especially, it’s important to consider the recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) surrounding COVID-19.
Week 2 (September 5-11): Build a Kit
During the second week of September, gathering supplies that will last for several days following a disaster is strongly encouraged. A critical component of this is taking into consideration the unique requirements everyone that makes up your business might have.
Week 3 (September 12-18): Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness
This week puts emphasis on educating yourself and those around you on the risk of disasters in your area. It’s important to encourage your employees to learn about the impact these disasters could have on their home and loved ones. In doing so, they are provided with the opportunity to make any necessary altercations to their lifestyles or homes to make them stronger in the face of disaster. This is also a good time to make sure that insurance coverage is accurate and up to date.
Week 4 (September 19-25): Teach Youth About Preparedness
The last week of National Preparedness Month is devoted to talking with the youths in our lives about preparing for emergencies. If younger adults are a part of your business, take this week to make sure that they stay informed and ready.
Homeowners, families, and businesses are encouraged to use the month of September as an opportunity to find ways to understand more about being ready for disaster, as well as reducing health and environmental risks. EHS Management is here to help your business organize and implement the necessary safety measures. Contact us today to learn how we can help you and your business prepare for the worst.