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National Preparedness Month: A Lasting Legacy

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Every September, the United States observes National Preparedness Month to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen any time – in your home, your business or your community. When thinking about your business, it is a great time to remind your employees of safety precautions and plans to reduce large and small-scale emergencies.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created National Preparedness Month in 2004, three years after 9-11 attacks, to encourage every American to plan for emergencies. The month of September was selected for that historical significance.

According to FEMA, there are four phases of emergency preparedness:

  1. Mitigation – preventing or minimizing emergencies
  2. Preparedness – actively preparing for an emergency
  3. Response – carrying out plans and use of equipment during an emergency
  4. Recovery – action taken after the fact to get back to status quo

Want to take part in National Preparedness Month? Here are some easy ways that can make a big difference:

  • Find out how you can reduce risks to life and property in an event of any major disaster by visiting such websites as ready.gov and www.cdc.gov/disasters
  • Run mock safety drills – you remember the ones when you were in school! It’s a great time to dust off that safety plan and test it out at your business. What went well, what didn’t go so smoothly? It’s best to figure that out now, so you and your employees will be ready if it’s ever a real emergency!
  • Get involved and support your community – promote volunteering for such organizations as the Red Cross or your local fire department to see how your business can support their efforts

This year’s theme is “A Lasting Legacy” – because the life you’ve built is worth protecting. Take some time this month to focus on disaster preparedness and protecting your business, your employees and your community.

Mr. Griffith has a received his bachelors degree in Environmental Health from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and president of Workplace Safety & Health Company. He has over 35 years of industrial hygiene, safety, loss control and consulting experience. Chemical monitoring, noise measurement, program development and management, risk assessment and computer management of health and safety data are areas of particular strength. Mr. Griffith is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) at the local and national level. He is also active in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

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