MADISON, Wis. (8/11/10)--September is National Preparedness Month, which encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for potential emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. The month also is an opportunity for credit unions to review their business continuity plans. The awareness month is sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council. The Ready Campaign has several tips that businesses and credit unions can use to prepare for emergencies. The campaign suggested that businesses:
* Know what kind of emergencies could affect them. Emergencies include more than disasters. For example, they can be a broken water pipe, a power loss or a faulty server; * Carefully assess how the business functions, internally and externally; * Stock the business with emergency supplies, like fresh water, food, clean air and warmth; * Make plans for shelter or evacuation; * Be prepared for fires, medical emergencies, and pandemics such as influenza.
All employees should be involved in emergency planning and business continuity. The campaign also encouraged writing a crisis communication plan; promoting preparedness through employees and families; practicing a disaster plan; and supporting employee health by recognizing that individuals who have experienced a disaster may have special recovery needs. CUNA Strategic Services provider Agility Recovery Solutions will offer several free webinars to help credit unions with business continuity planning. The webinars will be offered Wednesdays at 1 p.m. CT throughout September. The webinars include:
* Business Preparedness: Can You Go Alone for 72 Hours? Sept. 1, with R. David Paulson, former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); * Private Sector Preparedness Certification Program: What are the Advantages for a Small to Medium-sized Business? Sept. 15, with Marcus Pollock, operations officer, FEMA; * Business Preparedness: Both Inside and Outside of Your Organization, Sept. 22, with Jackie Snelling of the Individual and Community Preparedness Division/Citizens Corp. * Survivors’ Panel: Businesses Who Survived Disasters Speak on Lessons Learned, Sept. 29.
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