Governor Nathan Deal has declared February 4-8 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Georgia.
We here at IIAG take disaster and emergency preparedness for our members seriously. Over the last two years (since the tornados of Spring, 2011 in NW Georgia) we have been dedicated to collecting and disseminating information to our members to help them be more prepared in the event of a tornado or other damaging storm, fire, flood – you name it!
In 2011 we created the IIAG Catastrophe Response Team which facilitates the providing and receiving of needed help and supplies in the event of a catastrophe or storm to member agencies of IIAG. It is important for us to come together when one of our independent agency families needs us. Additionally, the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia’s Catastrophe Response committee, chaired by Ted Carpenter, is developing an association plan which will include a guide for agencies to develop their own individual plans for preparing for and dealing with incapacitating catastrophes affecting their agency. You can find a template for a plan for agency preparedness on IIABA’s Agency Council on Technology Web site HERE.
Take this opportunity to learn about severe weather safety measures and to participate in statewide awareness programs.
Feb. 4 – Family Preparedness Day
Feb. 5 – Thunderstorm Safety Day
Feb. 6 – Tornado Safety Day (Statewide Tornado Drill)
Feb. 7 – Lightning Safety Day
Feb. 8 – Flood Safety Day
For more information on the week’s events, please visit: http://www.ready.ga.gov/
You can also create a customized readiness plan for you and your family. Just go to: http://www.ready.ga.gov/user/register to create your Ready® profile by giving just a few details about you and your family, and you’ll get customized emergency preparedness information including a list of items you may need following an emergency and a communications plan to help you reconnect with loved ones if you are separated.
Your Ready Profile will be saved (all information is secure and confidential) so that you can update it periodically if needed.
To create a customized plan for your business (Highly recommended), go to: http://www.ready.ga.gov/Your-Business
Is Your Business Ready?
How quickly your company can get back to business after a natural or man-made disaster depends on emergency planning executed today.
Georgia’s businesses form the backbone of the state’s economy. If businesses are ready to survive and recover, our state and economy are more secure. A commitment to planning today will help support employees, customers and the community. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.
Ready Georgia can help. Download the Ready Your Business Guide and start today.
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When you consider Georgia’s history of hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and ice storms along with the threat of pandemic flu, preparedness becomes an even more critical issue. Though each situation is unique, any organization can be better prepared if it plans carefully, puts emergency procedures in place, and practices for emergencies of all kinds.
Preparing makes good business sense. Get ready Georgia.
To test your Workplace Readiness Quotient, take The Council for Excellence in Government’s quiz.
Georgia offers several organizations that can help your business.
You will be thankful that if a disaster or emergency ever happens, you’ll have taken the time to take these simple steps.
Join us this week as we revisit Agility’s top 10 disaster recovery tips from 2012. We hope you enjoy taking a look back, and picking up a tip or two that you may have missed the first time around.
Agility Recovery’s The Best of 2012:
10.) 10 Steps to Preparedness – Our National Preparedness Month webinar, The 10 steps to Preparedness was our most watched webinar this year.
9.) The #1 Cause of Business Downtime – As we look back at the various business interruptions our members faced this year, there is an obvious common thread among them all. From hurricanes to tornadoes, floods to blizzards, the main culprit of business downtime remains the loss of power.
8.) An Emotional Recovery – The tragic shootings in Colorado and Connecticut this year shocked us all. Learning how to effectively manage traumatic stress can help both you and your employees better cope physically and emotionally following a disaster.
7.) October Storms – Year after year October seems to bring some of the worst storms. This year, Hurricane Sandy proved this yet again. Stretching from the Carolinas to New England, Sandy left 8.5 million homes and businesses without power across 15 states.
6.) National Preparedness Month – For the eighth consecutive year, Agility partnered with FEMA and the Ready Campaign for National Preparedness Month. Thank you to all those who took the time to pledge to prepare this September.
5.) Your To-Do List – Take advantage of the sunny days to plan for the disasters ahead. Agility’s simple to-do list will help you get started when the sun is shining.
4.) Disaster Preparedness for your Smartphone – With so many disaster recovery apps out there, how do you know which ones are worth downloading? Here’s a list of our top three favorite apps.
3.) Violence in the Workplace – Workplace violence sadly made the headlines several times this year. Learn more about the risk factors and scope of violence in the workplace as well as prevention tips for employers and employees alike.
2.) Ship Wrecked – The cruise boat that capsized off the coast of Italy this year reminded us all of the importance of having a personal preparedness plan.
1.) Common Misconceptions – During an emergency, many people are quick to offer up their opinion. Can you differentiate the sound advice from the urban legends? Don’t let common misconceptions cloud your judgment. Read up on the top disaster myths.
If you have additional questions or would like to talk with a recovery professional about your business continuity needs visit www.agilityrecovery.com or call 866-364-9696.
Andrew McElhannon is the Member Services Coordinator for the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia www.iiag.org, and can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org or b y phone at 770-458-0093, x.110, or 800-878-6487.