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September is National Preparedness Month

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Each September, National Preparedness Month is recognized to promote family and community disaster awareness and remind people to plan for emergencies. This year’s theme is Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters, and each week in September is dedicated to a certain safety topic.

Week 1 – September 1-7: Save Early for Disaster Costs
Week 2 – September 8-14: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters
Week 3 – September 15 – 21: Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters
Week 4 – September 22- Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

Even though here at Workplace Safety & Health, Inc., we focus specifically on safety in the workplace, your employees, which are your best assets, have homes, families and personal lives. Helping your employees have the awareness for general preparedness is a win-win for everyone! Here are some general preparedness tips to keep in mind and share with your employees:
• Make a family emergency plan – and don’t forget to include your pets in the plan
• Make a communication plan, so your family knows how to reconnect and reunite when a disaster strikes – include an out-of-town emergency contact who can let family and friends know where you are and how to reach you
• Review insurance policies – checking to make sure you are covered for all sorts of disasters, including, but not limited to, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes
• Keep copies of important documents in a secure place
• Build or restock your emergency preparedness kits for home, work and your vehicle – make sure you include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies
• Create an emergency savings fund and keep cash on hand for emergencies
• Download the FEMA app and set up local alerts

September is as good a time as any month to make sure you are prepared, not scared! Take some time this month to get you and your family ready for a disaster! Preparation is key.

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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