Assess Your Risk, Make a Plan and Be Prepared to Act
September is National Preparedness Month, which was created in the aftermath of the devastating events of Sept. 11, 2001. American Family and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) encourage you to take the necessary steps now to assess your risk, make a plan and be prepared to take action in a crisis.
Assess Your Risk
Some emergencies are unpredictable, but understanding what is likely to happen in your area will help you prepare appropriately. Check out the Ready Campaign, an initiative of the federal government, for information about natural hazards in the area where you live or work.
Practice Your Plan
To make sure your plan is the best it can be, practice it and see if there is anything that needs to be changed or added.
Find more information about the best ways to practice your plan at Ready Business, a government-sponsored website to help you keep your business prepared.
Subscribe to alert services. Many communities now have systems that send instant text alerts or emails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. Sign up by visiting your local Office of Emergency Management website.