Basic Protective Measures for All Hazards – Business & Home Emergency

Hurricane Andrew: Florida City

Hurricane Andrew: Florida City

Emergency preparedness has become very essential among most of the nations in the world.  yet often businesses don’t have plans to mitigate their losses or plans to restore business and create resiliency.

Most people in today’s world seek to live in conditions where there is very little to worry about yet disasters happen every day.

Taking basic protective measures prior to an emergency is critical.


Physical Safety: Is where to start; it is important to choose shelter where physical safety is guaranteed. This requires one to first consider the hazard and choose the safest place to be.  In most cases sheltering in or remaining will be the safest.  Ensuring one has the other basics in place will make this more successful.  Mandatory evacuations do happen; particularly in the case of hurricanes, fires and floods.

Basic Protective Measures for All Hazards – Business & Home Emergency

Communication Plans: It is also important for a business and family to discuss and come up with communications plan. A texting plan is best. Cell service and phone service may be compromised while text service is often resilient.

Emergency Plan: An emergency plan will address issues such as how to connect with employees and family members; aiding, sheltering and evacuating clients and others with functional and access needs; care of pets in all phases of emergency and safely shutting off the utilities when instructed or it’s determined to be necessary; plus much more.

Emergency Kits: Have an all hazards kit ready. Some of the most recommended items to be included in the kits are water, first aid kit, flashlight as well as extra batteries, local maps, food, towels and even garbage bags. A whistle is also important; you may need to signal for help.  A complete list can be found …

Local Advance Alerts and Warnings: This involves learning about emergency alerts, local advance warnings and alerts and the local emergency contacts. In the event of a disaster, reliable systems are used by public safety officials to alert people wherever they are. Inquire from the relevant officials about the plans in place at your workplace, at the local schools and even other frequently visited areas such as recreational areas, shopping centers, places of worship and sporting events.

Recovering: After a disaster, it is important to consider the physical and the mental well-being of the people involved. The other primary issue during recovery from a disaster is safety. The process of recovery is made faster and easier if only assistance is available. Generally, the process involves safety and health guidelines, returning to individual homes, seeking disaster assistance, coping with the disaster and also helping others especially those most affected.