Emergency Preparedness

Take steps to better prepare for emergencies such as natural disasters. 

  • Establish an Emergency Preparedness Team or Leader.  This should include employees who are familiar with your program and can help implement this action.
  • Create or use an existing checklist to take actions before, during and after an event.
  • Build a basic disaster supplies kit.
  • Create an Emergency Contact List which includes the emergency telephone numbers for the following:
    • Local fire department,
    • Local health department,
    •  Department of Environmental Protection Hotline 1-877 WARN DEP or 1-877-927-6337,
    •  Any other appropriate local or State agencies;
    • The name and telephone number(s) of the person responsible for the operation of the facility during an emergency.

Also, view actions you can take in a Quick Tips Guide for Small Manufacturing Businesses on Reducing Toxic Releases Related to Storm Events developed by the USEPA Region 2.

Action: Identify actions implemented to be better prepared for emergencies.

Resources:

US Small Business Administration – Emergency Preparedness
The resources provided can help you develop a plan to protect your employees, lessen the financial impact of disasters, and re-open your business quickly to support economic recovery in your community.

Ready Rating: A FREE Service from the American Red Cross(Membership is required)
Ready Rating is a program that helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access to one-of-a-kind tools, resources and information for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property. Whether you are taking your first steps or have a fully-functioning emergency management program, the Ready Rating program can help you achieve a higher level of preparedness.