Being prepared for emergencies is something we all should do. We talk a lot about how to prepare as an individual and with your family, but what about as an organization, especially as an organization centered in your community?
What are some of your organization’s everyday activities that can help us be better prepared?
Here are a few easy things your organization can do in right now to help your community prepare for disaster.
The first step: The news headlines are saturated with disasters. Now is the time to plan ahead for the next disaster. Knowing what your organization would need to do if faced with different types of disasters is essential to protecting the people and places we are responsible for.
- Sharing is caring: Once you make a plan, don’t forget to share it with your staff, volunteers, and clients.
What’s in your back closet?: We’ve heard and likely advised others, “be sure to have an up-to-date inventory of your organization’s physical assets and know the value of each item”. But what if you consider – what’s the parallel for my own organization?
- It’s not just for retail: Maybe you’re not a retail store owner or don’t have much inventory – ok, cool. But knowing what your organization physically needs to keep going in a disaster and to initiate recovery for your community is your version of updating an inventory.
- The goal: protect your assets so you can help your community protect theirs.
Relationships matter: Now is the time to build relationships with your local partners. Disasters don’t discriminate. They can impact anyone, anytime, anywhere. Having a good relationship with local non-profits, businesses, and other partners is crucial to being a prepared community.
- The most valuable asset: Your staff and volunteers are your organization’s most valuable asset. Train and talk to them accordingly. Empower them to share your vision with others.
You are vital: Organizations play a vital role in disaster preparedness and response. Your organization is no exception. By taking some simple steps, your organization can be better prepared to serve your community before, during, and after a disaster.
Be prepared: Be prepared not just for you and your family, but also for your organization. Being prepared is about more than stocking up on food and supplies – it’s about being ready to help in every way possible.
- It’s in your hands: Your organization can make a huge difference and protect more people when disaster strikes. We have the power to prepare together. Let’s do this!
Two Lynchpin Road is here to help you navigate the road ahead. Come along for the journey and be prepared with us. Together we can make a difference in our communities before, during, and after disasters. So let’s get started!