September is National Preparedness Month - Photo of an Emergency Preparedness Kit in a Blue Container

NPM 2009: Be Informed

Being informed about the different types of emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate ways to respond to them will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take.

In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.

Click here to find resources on preparedness in your community. In addition, be sure to Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Get Involved!

Additional Considerations for Businesses

Risk assessment is a sophisticated area of expertise that can range from self-assessment to an extensive engineering study. The specific industry, size and scope of your individual company will determine your organization's risk assessment needs.

  • Know what kinds of emergencies might affect your company both internally and externally. Find out which natural disasters are most common in the areas where you operate. You may be aware of some of your community's risks; others may surprise you.
  • Learn about what to do during a biological, chemical, explosive, nuclear or radiological attack.

Click here for more information about preparing your business for an emergency.

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