How Prepared is Your Business?
Would you be able to find a first aid kit in your office if an emergency happened today? Do you know where to go in your workplace during a tornado warning? Preparedness is just as important on the organizational level as it is on the individual level. On April 30th, take part in the nation’s first PrepareAthon, a nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness, and find out how to become business ready.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, up to 40 percent of small businesses fail following a natural or manmade disaster. Additionally, in a recent survey by the American Red Cross and FedEx, 94 percent of small business owners believe that a disaster could disrupt their business within the next two years. Rather than waiting for the worst to happen, there are simple things you can do to prepare your business and employees today.
Available, free resources include:
- American Red Cross Ready Rating Program, a free self-guided business preparedness assessment tool: www.readyrating.org.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Business Ready: www.ready.gov/business
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Planning: http://www.sba.gov/content/disaster-planning
- Learn about hazards and access additional resources by visiting www.ready.gov/prepare.
Employees are 75 percent more likely to take steps to prepare when they are encouraged by their employer, according to a recent study by FEMA. Take steps as part of the PrepareAthon to ensure that you, your organization, and your employees are ready for disasters! Showcase your company’s commitment to preparedness by registering your activities and using some of the free resources at www.ready.gov/prepare.
What is the PrepareAthon?
America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. Every spring and fall, organizations around the country will focus on preparedness during a national day of action. These national days of action drive participation in hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises. The goals of the campaign are to increase the number of people who understand which disasters could happen in their community, know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage, take action to increase their preparedness, and participate in community resilience planning.
If you have any questions or would like more information about American’s PrepareAthon!, please contact Betsy Miller, Governor’s Office of Community Service, by phone at 406-444-1718 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org