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Emergency preparedness should be a priority

When was the last time you held an emergency drill on your job sites? From earthquakes (still waiting on that 9 pt) to flash floods, the west coast has historically seen its share of natural disasters. With all the flooding and hurricanes on the nation’s mind, it’s a good time to revisit your company’s plans for when something does go down.

Washington Gov. Gary Locke inspects a fissure in Deschutes Parkway in Olympia, Wash., directly after the 2001 Nisqually earthquake. (AP Photo/Lauren McFalls)

For any disaster, you want to plan to be on your own, without assistance to any of you or your employees for 2 weeks. You’re also going to want to have CPR/First Aid area stocked and people trained to help those injured. Talk to your employees and ensure they have personal emergency kits as well – things like extra medication, comfort/entertainment items, sturdy shoes, personal hygiene and warm clothes.

What in the world else would you want in a kit?

  • Lots of it. At least 1 gallon per person, per day
  • Food – non-perishable
    • Don’t forget a can opener!
  • First Aid supplies
  • NOAA Alert Radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries and full emergency chargers
  • Fire extinguisher

On top of all the fun kit gathering, have you considered how you will get back to business after a disaster? How are your files stored and kept safe? Can you operate without phones or power?

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