September is National Preparedness Month. Is your business prepared for any emergency? Are your employees prepared? Do they have family plans? Do you have a family plan? Do you and your employees know what to do in the event of an active shooter? Are you sure? September Preparedness Month is a good time to think about what your business and employees should do when an emergency arises.
The good news is, if your business is prepared for one emergency, it is prepared for any emergency. What changes is how you respond, whether you choose to shelter in place or evacuate. Be sure to include drills and exercises at least annually when practicing your plans.
Encourage your employees to have personal items such as medications, water, and a non-perishable snack in a “go bag,” in case you must shelter in place or evacuate. Something could happen commuting, so consider this an important part of your plans.
Knowing how to get information in an emergency is critical, and there are several ways Arlington businesses and employees can get emergency information. Arlington Alert is free and easy to sign up. Another way to access information in a time of crisis is by tuning in to Arlington's emergency radio station, 1700 AM, or by calling 1-415-655-0811 to hear emergency information.
Arlington County’s Office of Emergency Management is here to help you prepare your business and employees for emergencies and to assist with drills, exercises, COOP planning and preparedness, responding to an active shooter, and other topics. Contact OEM@arlingtonva.us or call and tell us what you need at 703-228-7935.