Preparedness Tips for the Family

Preparedness is a journey, and we get there one step at a time --- Plan, Prepare, Prevail.  And, families are no exception to the need to be prepared for surviving a disruptive event or disaster. Make sure that you and your family have the latest information on preparedness … check out the updated KIDS sections of ready.gov ….CLICK HERE. Here are some other links to add to your family’s reading resource file on disaster preparedness and readiness library….. KIDS …. Play games and test your knowledge and readiness levels. PARENTS … Get the whole family involved in … [Read more...]

NASA Sets Personal / Family Preparedness Plan Benchmark

Quite the recent buzz on the internet has been caused by a notification memo released to all of its employees whereby NASA announced its major initiative on Family/Personal Preparedness for all NASA personnel. This NASA announcement, along with the accompanying tools being made available to the NASA Family (civil servants and contractors) could be a great benchmark resource for other organizations.  Many other organizations may want to develop their own similar programs to provide awareness, resources and tools to assist their employees to prepare for an emergency situation and the NASA … [Read more...]

Business Continuity and Personal Emergency Financial Preparedness

In a recent article written by Elizabeth Zimmerman, Deputy Associate Administrator, Response and Recovery, and posted on the FEMA website, she states that, “ … disasters not only affect community infrastructure and public works, but they often overcome family finances, making recovery difficult and sometimes impossible.” To assist the personal and family preparedness components of the business continuity planning process, our staff recommends taking advantage of a renewed partnership between FEMA and Operation Hope, a non-profit public benefit corporation, whose mission is to enhance … [Read more...]

What is Personal Continuity?

Personal continuity is the amount of time it takes an individual to effectively manage the safety and security of their family, assets and other secure-base figures during an unexpected event, fulfill assigned workplace roles and responsibilities and to reach a high degree of recovery to pre-event status or conditions afterward.  The term personal continuity is interchangeable with personal or human resilience.   Evidence from actual disasters and military deployments has underscored family preparedness to be a primary factor in the ability for a first-responder or military member to be … [Read more...]

PS-Prep Program Includes Personal & Family Preparedness Planning

The International Center for Enterprise Preparedness of New York University (INTERCEP) released updates to its workgroup findings, titled: Proceedings & Recommendations of the Working Group on Supply Chain Management &Resilience, wherein it acknowledges the influence of personal continuity.  CLICK HERE to read the full findings report.  The reference to personal continuity within that report states, “....although the PS-Prep Certification program addresses organizational preparedness, integral upstream and downstream dependencies cross and blur the lines between public sector supply … [Read more...]

FEMA's National Preparedness Month Stresses Importance of Family and Community Emergency Preparedness

Citing a recent press release (see below) by FEMA, our staff and this website salutes all efforts to support this month of September as National Preparedness Month.  Please read a copy of the press release below and pass this information along to all of the business continuity, emergency responder, crisis and risk management team members in your organization.  FEMA Administrator Fugate Kicks Off National Preparedness Month  Release Date: September 1, 2010 Release Number: HQ-10-167 WASHINGTON – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate today kicked off the seventh … [Read more...]