National Preparedness Month Week 3
Being Prepared Where You Work, Learn, and Play
It’s the third week of National Preparedness Month and DCHHS wants you to think about having emergency plans at the places where your family spends the most time: work, school and other places you frequent. If none exist, consider volunteering to help develop one. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance.
How would you reunite with your child if there were an emergency during the school day? Find out how the school would notify you in the event of an emergency and talk to your kids about what to do in situations where they may have to use alternative means to get home or may have to be picked-up early by a neighbor or family friend. Know who you would contact if your child needed to be picked up early or if you were unable to get to the school, and let your child know the people who would pick them up in these situations.
Make sure your workplace has a building evacuation plan that is regularly practiced and make sure you have appropriate supplies on hand in case you or your co-workers can’t go home for a prolonged period of time. Identify a meeting place and communications plan for employees to connect during emergencies, and be aware of co-workers who may need assistance evacuating. You can always encourage personal preparedness among other employees. A business will be better able to respond and recover from a disaster if its workers know how to prepare both at work and home.
If you’d like to have a speaker come present to your school, work, or other activity group on emergency preparedness, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.