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It's Almost September: Is Your CU Prepared?
WASHINGTON (8/30/13)--As News Now has been reminding over the last month, September is National Preparedness Month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is inviting all interested parties to join a collaborative "National Preparedness Community" to fulfill a "shared responsibility to prepare."

FEMA is also offering a downloadable 2013 National Preparedness Month Toolkit.

Those who join FEMA's virtual preparedness community (see resource link) also:
  • Get access to preparedness resources;
  • Can promote their national preparedness event on the calendar;
  • Can connect and build relationships with emergency management personnel; and
  • Can share and compare preparedness plans.
Credit unions should also be aware of three webinars to help them prepare that are being offered in September by Agility Recovery, the disaster preparedness business continuity service provider for CUNA Strategic Services (News Now Aug. 12). Agility Recovery is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer the preparedness sessions.  
 
Each of the free webinars all begin at 2 p.m (ET) and topics include:
  • Protecting Your Organization By Preparing Your Employees, Sept. 11;
  • The NEW 10 Steps to Preparedness: Lessons From the Past, Sept. 18;  and
  • Crisis Communications For Any Organization, Sept. 25.
Agility Recovery also has prepared a free "Crisis Communications Planning Checklist for Credit Unions," available to download from its website. Use the third resource link to download a two-page checklist, which provides recommendations for developing a communications plan, as well as what to do during the crisis and after the crisis. 

Agility has said the checklist can help credit unions assess their current strategy "and put into place some simple steps that will enhance your capability to communicate before, during and after the next disaster."
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