Tag Archives: FEMA

A Busy Month of Activities as ImpactWeather Observes National Preparedness Month

The month of September is known as National Preparedness Month. ImpactReady, ImpactWeather’s business continuity department, has worked hard to encourage employee participation to strengthen our state of disaster preparedness and readiness. Of course, September is typically the peak of hurricane season but also signals the changing of the seasons from summer to fall, which can […]

Emergency Response Plans Tried-and-True? Practice Makes Perfect!

National Preparedness Month (NPM) continues as we near the end of September and although NPM is coming to a close, emergency preparedness is a continual improvement process. I hope you will take this opportunity to think about preparedness initiatives for your organization. The final topic for NPM has to do with practicing for an emergency. […]

Best Practices and Specific Needs: Items and Strategies You May Have Overlooked

This is the second posting from the ImpactReady team at ImpactWeather. Our goal is to spread awareness about National Preparedness Month and share information about how you and your family can be prepared for major disasters. Following along the National Preparedness Month guidelines for weeks two and three, the focus of this post will be […]

Brad Pitt May Save Your Life: Making a Case for Twitter

There’s another app you should have on your phone. The app you need, the app that may save your life, and the app that is on every phone of every celebrity, is Twitter. Yes, Twitter. If you’re over 45 or 50, I’ll wait until you can say Twitter without chuckling.

“If you see it, flee it.”

You have probably heard the following slogans regarding lightning: When thunder roars, go indoors If you see it, flee it   If you hear it, clear it Lightning kills; play it safe Sunday, June 23, marks the beginning of Lightning Awareness Week, which promotes awareness and safety, and brings attention to the growing number of […]

Hurricane Season: It Doesn’t Feel Like It (Raise Your Hand if You’re Prepared)

Let’s understand that immediate response is not what FEMA is about. It will take time for the emergency management organization to gather supplies and personnel to respond to a crisis. They may even have to cut a path through debris to reach your front door — and that’s not going to happen any time soon. In fact, FEMA’s own guidelines tell us that we should be self-sufficient for a minimum of three days.

Your Preparedness Status: No Emergency Yet

This is the time for preparation. This is even the time to learn how to prepare. There’s still time. For some of us there will always be time to prepare but there are always those for whom time runs out. There are always those who say tomorrow is the day they’ll begin to prepare. There are always those who believe it will happen to somebody else but never to them.

Hurricane Prep: Does Your Dog Have Enough Bones?

Instead of living like a dog, we should be thinking like a squirrel. We have preparations to make. But the American Red Cross says that the vast majority of Americans have not taken even the basic steps to prepare for a catastrophe (hurricane or otherwise). Our government suggests that all of us need to be self-sufficient for at least three days, yet most of us couldn’t even do that.

Tropical Season Waning, Take Advantage to Shore Up Your Disaster Recovery Effectiveness

Only seven percent of the U.S. population has taken basic preparedness steps at their house?  Seriously?  Does the other 93% think they’re mysteriously immune when – not if – life gets difficult?   “Some of the statistics are shocking,” according to Mike Thomson, our Business Continuity Services manager. As the tropical season begins to wind down […]

Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Hurricanes – Who’s Going to Pay For All of This?!

It’s all related. When it comes to the budget, be it county, state or federal, everything is intertwined and everything touches everything else. I’m glad I’m not in the budget business, although the disaster recovery business isn’t much better. Budgets for emergency and disaster relief are, thanks to Hurricane Irene, exhausted (or nearly exhausted). Yet […]