Disaster Preparedness for Small Business

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City website has helpful information on disaster preparedness for your small business. Check out their site at https://www.kansascityfed.org/community/disasterrecovery#main

 

Financial First Aid

Safeguarding one’s finances in case of a catastrophic event is an often-overlooked aspect of disaster preparedness. In response, the American Red Cross and the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA) developed Disasters and Financial Planning, a comprehensive guide aimed at helping people be more proactive with their financial preparedness in advance of disasters. This guide highlights the importance of:

  • Setting aside a three-day supply of cash to cover expenses one might encounter during a disaster or emergency;
  • Planning ahead by attaining the proper insurance coverage so that disaster recovery doesn’t have to come out of pocket;
  • Having a solid financial plan to avoid living paycheck to paycheck; and
  • Having money set aside to address immediate disaster-related needs.

You can also complete the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) from the FEMA and Operation HOPE. Use the EFFAK to identify your important documents, medical records, and household contacts. Safeguarding your documents is one of the 10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!When you complete this activity, be sure to add it to the campaign’s website.

Ready or Not? It’s Up to You: Simple Steps to Stay Safe

View the video from the Ready or Not? It’s Up to You: Simple Steps to Stay Safe presentation on 10/1/14.  Click on this link to view the handout: Ready_or_Not_handouts

Red Cross Shelter Finder App for iPhone

Search for the Red Cross Shelter Finder in the App Store or GooglePlay.  Or click here to go to the Red Cross website for information about shelters and other important topics.Red_Cross_Shelter_finder

Don’t drive into water!

Flooding can happen almost anywhere.  The Kansas City area has several areas prone to flash flooding.  Water can rise quickly, so please don’t take a chance on driving into water in the roadway.

For one thing, you can’t be sure the road is stable underneath.  And the situation can change quickly.  The water may be deeper than you think, and if it’s moving at all your vehicle can quickly become out of control.  The effect would be the same as in this  video.  Take a look and remember this when you come to water across the road.  Even if you’re in a big hurry.  It may be that authorities haven’t had time to block off the road yet due to rapidly changing conditions–so call it in.  You may save your life and others!

Vehicle in flash flood

Vehicle in flash flood

Tip for emergency communication

Thanks to Julia, a November session participant for this great emergency situation communication tip!

Change your voice-mail greeting on your cell, home and/or office phone to let people know you are ok and include other helpful details.  An example would be: “You’ve reached Jane Doe. There has been a (disaster/situation), but I am ok. You may leave a message or contact me at (alternate number if available).” That way your family and friends at least have some reassurance.  It’s hard to know how well phone systems will be working, but if you can access the voicemail features, this could be very beneficial.  Overloaded phone systems may very well go straight to voice mail.

She also suggested that if you don’t change your greeting often, you might want to have a set of instructions in your emergency information pack! This can be downloaded from your cell phone provider, or copied from the instruction manual for a home or office phone.

Please add your comments and ideas to share by clicking on ‘Leave a comment’ above!

Presentation Power Point files

The 3CP2 presentation is divided into three PowerPoint presentation modules; the files have been converted to pdf format. Click on each link to open.

3CP2_JCCC_Mod_1_presentation_Threat_Awareness_and_Assessment

3CP2_JCCC_Mod_2_presentation_Sheltering_and_Evacuation

3CP2_JCCC_Mod_3_Final Recovery and Resources

These are the photos from the slide show playing prior to the presentation:

Disaster_presentation_photos_part_1

Disaster_presentation_photos_part_2

 New tsunami video!  Flash flooding in this area could have similar results–be aware of the power of rushing water.

 

Free 3CP2 Sessions for Emergency Preparedness

Group of people planning for emergencies

3CP2 Planning

The Community College Citizen Preparedness Program (3CP2) was designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with the nation’s community colleges.  JCCC is currently the only college in the Kansas City area to offer the free, 2-hour-long 3CP2 training sessions where people are trained to recognize, prepare for and recover from disasters ranging from severe weather to terrorism.

This site is designed to supplement the training sessions by providing links to information presented, as well as continuing support and communication for training participants or anyone needing disaster preparedness information.

It is important to recognize that in a widespread emergency, professional first responders may not always be able to reach you quickly. The most important action you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.

3CP2 training provides a step-by-step approach to learning about local emergency plans, identifying hazards that affect our local area, and developing a disaster plan and supplies kit. Other topics covered include evacuation, emergency public shelters, animals in disaster, and information specific to people with disabilities.

Please check the Training Dates tab for upcoming sessions.