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By Island Organizers

 

September is 
National Preparedness Month

     We've all heard the phrase: “Hindsight is 20/20.” It means when you look back at something, there’s a whole lot of “woulda” “shoulda” “coulda” going on.

     When it comes to disasters, we seldom have a warning. Therefore, we need to prepare, just in case. When you’re putting together an Emergency Kit or Plan, use hindsight as much as you can. Ask yourself, “What will I wish I had?” and “What will I wish I did?”

     People usually think that being prepared means just having an emergency kit, but the plan is just as important, if not more so! In celebration of National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2013, Island Organizers is hosting a teleclass entitled, “Your Disaster Plan is Not Just A Kit." You will learn:

  • How to designate a "Ready Zone"
  • What goes into your "Go Bag"
  • How to make a "Grab & Go List"

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A recording and copy of class materials of our September 11, 2013 tele seminar is available for download. Take a listen to this informative and vital session. Get it now

Get help Organizing your Vital Documents & creating a "home" for your most important information & paperwork.

Get a discount on SafelyFiled & learn about SafelyMD for emergency medical data

Get a discount on LifeinCase ... ask us how to use it in your "Go Bag"

Contact Us:  808-943-2053 & 310-391-7392

 


 
Posted By IslOrgs Team

karen simon by Karen Simon

What steps will you or staff take when damage or loss occurs out of the blue? Disasters are defined as a sudden event that causes damage, failure and/or destruction.

So much of what you'll do depends on a number of factors. What type of business is it? What type of disaster? How much do you depend on the income? If you're like most small businesses, it's likely that you & the staff highly depend upon the funds earned by the business.

A study by the Institute for Business & Home Safety revealed that 25% (one out of four!) of all companies that close due to disasters never reopen.

As a long-time computer consultant, I always stress the importance of a backup system. I always ask, "How much data are you willing to lose?" It's a question of risk. I learned from my 10 years in a corporate Risk Management Department that when disaster strikes, having a good plan in place minimizes the amount of loss - plain & simple.

Five steps to create your plan:

1. Identify Risks - What can and/or will happen?

  • Natural disasters
  • Human-caused hazards
  • Technology-related hazards

2. Plan To Stay In Business

  • Analyze impact of risks
  • Identify ways to reduce risks
  • Define minimum requirements for business continuity

3. Create The Plan

  • Identify resources required to stay in business
  • Outline emergency communication methods
  • Define procedures
  • Train staff

4. Test the plan

  • Step through scenarios
  • Modify plan as necessary

5. Review and improve

  • Review plan annually
  • Identify triggers that will require plan modification
  • Allow others to contribute ideas

How much are you willing to risk? When asked, our clients respond, "Not much." We provide worksheets, questionnaires and aides. Then, we coach clients through each of the five steps, asking questions to get to the most crucial information. Within a few hours, they're well on their way toward a completed plan.

How will YOU stay in business when disaster strikes? During September's National Preparedness Month, Island Organizers offers promotions and discounts for help with Disaster Prep. Call or email for an appointment.

"Small businesses that don't have a plan in place generally don't survive after a disaster, whether it's a flood or a tornado. We see that anywhere from 40-60 percent of those that are hit like that simply don't come back to business," said David Paulison, former executive director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). What are you waiting for?

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Resources:

www.ready.gov 

www.fema.gov

On Sept 11, 2013 we held a teleseminar. Hear this informative and vital session.

Organizing your Vital Documents  creates a "home" for your most important information & paperwork.