Preparing Your Business and Employees for a Disaster or Emergency Event
Did you know up to 40 percent of small businesses affected by a disaster never re-open? How prepared is your business? FEMA and its partners have many resources to help you prepare in the workplace including webinars and other online tools:
Upcoming Webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration:
Social Media’s Role During a Crisis – Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 11 am – 12 noon, PT.
During an emergency, it’s imperative that those within your organization know how to communicate effectively. The need to communicate has led to increasing use of Social Media platforms during recent disasters across the globe. The most recent examples of expanded use of Social Media during a crisis include the Joplin Tornado and Virginia Earthquake. In each case, various social media tools were used not only to disseminate news about the disasters, but also coordinate the response and recovery.
Join the US Small Business Administration and co-sponsor Agility Recovery as we welcome Laura Howe, VP of Public Relations with the American Red Cross as she discusses the steps and best practices for developing your own organization’s strategy for Crisis Communications utilizing Social Media.
This webinar is part of an ongoing campaign by the SBA and co-sponsor Agility Recovery to promote preparedness among small businesses through the PrepareMyBusiness campaign. Webinars occur monthly on a wide range of topics including 4 during National Preparedness Month. To learn more, please visit www.PrepareMyBusiness.org.
Archived Webinars from FEMA’s Community Preparedness Webinar Series:
FEMA Disaster Resources:
Looking for other team building exercises for your office? FEMA and its partners offer many tools and resources to strengthen your preparedness, awareness and resilience in the workplace such as:
IS – 909 – Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone . This online course helps organizations conduct simple preparedness activities to educate individuals about creating a no-cost or low-cost disaster kit, planning for and practicing an evacuation, staying safe when evacuation is not an option, preparing for power outages and developing a communications plan.
Additional resources include:
FEMA’s Ready.gov website provides a multi-faceted preparedness program specifically for businesses to mitigate against disruption in operations, as well as to protect their most valuable assets, their employees. It’s five step program includes details on: Program management, Planning, Implementation, Testing, and Exercises
Prepares My Business is a comprehensive program for disaster planning and preparedness for small businesses. Provides education, planning, testing, and disaster assistance tools to help ensure your business remains open and recovers faster following a disaster.
Ready Rating provides businesses with a vulnerability assessment and the tools to develop and implement a preparedness plan.
- FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program teaches employees about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills.