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Hurricane Preparedness Week May 15-21

By Donna DiMichele | May 16, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management agency (FEMA) and the RI Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) have both declared that it’s hurricane season and are promoting hurricane preparedness. May 15 – 21 is Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Now it the right time to update your disaster plan and make sure its current to meet present circumstances. (Really check it . . . you may not realize there are updates needed.)

If you don’t have a disaster plan, create one using the Disaster Planning Tools on the OLIS Disaster and Preservation Planning web page.

RIEMA is posting hurricane preparedness tips on Twitter all week @RhodeIslandEMA #HurricanPrep

The two announcements below are copied from a FEMA online newsletter.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 15-21. If you live, work, or visit an area that’s prone to hurricanes, take this time to prepare for the storm.

To help you with your preparations, view the new America’s PrepareAthon! animation on hurricane preparedness entitled, “When the Waves Swell.”

The video includes a few hurricane preparedness actions to take such as:

·         Board windows to protect your home;

·         Secure loose objects outside so they don’t blow away; and

·         Download the FEMA mobile application which provides weather alerts for up to five locations.

You can also read the America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Hurricane guide to get more information on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.

Webinar: Protect Your Business This Hurricane Season (note: Most of the recommendations apply to libraries which operate in ways similar to small businesses.)

Title: Protect Your Business This Hurricane Season
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/zlycf2u

Join the Small Business Administration and PrepareMyBusiness co-sponsor Agility Recovery, as they share lessons learned and the best methods to prepare your organization for the upcoming Hurricane season.

The start of the 2016 season is only days away so the time for preparation is now. Your organization is more than just a place of business to your customers, employees and stakeholders. Your organization is a key aspect of their lives, and one that must be protected. If your organization is affected by a storm, how well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need?  Topics covered will include: Preparing Employees; Practical Steps to Organize and Prepare Your Business; and Simple Tools and Takeaways Any Organization Can Use Today.

The SBA partners with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.

The FEMA Private Sector Division partners with SBA and Agility Recovery to make the monthly “Prepare My Business” webinars available to our e-bulletin subscribers. This information does not represent an endorsement by FEMA of any commercial or private sector issues, products, or services.

To contact the FEMA Private Sector Division, email FEMA-Private-Sector@FEMA.dhs.gov.

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