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TOPIC: Disaster Readiness

Disaster Readiness #1

Tornadoes are literally my worst nightmare (bad dreams reoccur every couple of weeks), with Tsunamis a close second. When I worked in New Jersey, there was an earthquake that originated in Washington, DC which briefly shook my office and I was ready to go home for the day to calm myself.

It can be very hard to stay organized and oriented during a disaster and the moments, days, weeks after can be just as confusing and chaotic. One of the single most important things you can to do to at least diminish some of the fear, anxiety and helplessness felt is to prepare yourself.

Sign up to learn CPR, stockpile the appropriate amount of bottled water, know the tsunami evac routes, learn which shelter you'll go to in case you can't stay home, register and receive training as a volunteer through organizations like Red Cross.
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Disaster Readiness #2

Sign up for the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency’s VIALERT to closely track the path of impending storms and actions that are being taken by the local government.

log on to www.vialert.gov to register to receive emergency alerts on computer or wireless mobile device.
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Disaster Readiness #3

Top 10 Mistakes for Businesses to Avoid When Dealing With a Disaster

Let’s say you created an amazing disaster recovery plan for your small business, and you were able to reopen shortly after a ferocious storm. Meanwhile, your employees’ homes were damaged during the storm, and several roads are closed. So you’re open for business minus the team that keeps your operations running.

Failure to inform and prepare your employees for disasters is one of many common mistakes entrepreneurs make when doing business continuity planning. Not being adequately insured is another oversight that can lead to the failure of your business. Get free tips on ways to avoid these and other costly errors at a free webinar hosted by Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from 2-3 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Dec. 9. True stories about business owners’ pre-disaster missteps, plans not followed and lessons learned will also be discussed. Register at http://owl.li/ETcbx [1].

SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” Web site. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org [2] to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster [3].

Reprinted from the St. John Source
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