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Emedco SAFETY MATTERS - JULY 2013

September is Emergency Preparedness Month - Be Ready

Did you know that September is National Emergency Preparedness Month?

Emergency Preparedness Month originates from the attacks on September 11, 2001. After those horrific events, the US government encouraged all citizens to be prepared for a wide range of incidents while simultaneously honoring the thousands that died on that September day.

All month long, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) offers tips to prepare for natural disasters, pandemics, fires, terrorism, and other types of emergencies.

Both workplaces and families are encouraged to be prepared with an emergency survival kit and emergency action plans. Americans are also encouraged to enable WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) notifications on their mobile phones, which will allow them to receive updated information about amber alerts, severe weather and imminent hazards.

You can support National Emergency Preparedness Month by making sure your home has emergency plans in place and refreshing yourself on your workplace emergency plans.


Safety Corner

How To Stay Safe During a Power Outage At Work

  • Have a cell phone in case company land lines don’t work
  • Keep emergency supplies on-hand such as flashlights, batteries and a portable radio
  • Have an emergency action plan that includes forgoing elevators and opening electric security doors and gates
  • Keep doors to refrigeration equipment closed to prevent temperature-sensitive items from spoiling
  • Ensure that first aid kits are readily available and easy to find in the dark
  • If the building is evacuated and workers are sent home, take extra caution when driving because traffic signals may be out