September 2011

National Preparedness Month: Resolve to be Ready

September 11, 2011, marked the 10th anniversary of one of the most shocking disasters in American history. September is National Preparedness Month, and it is a fitting time for CHI and CHI employees to resolve to be prepared to react, respond and recover from local, regional and national emergencies.

The September 11 attacks, as well as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, showed that disasters are often unpredictable events.

There have been other natural (tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, heat waves, pandemics, etc.) and man-made (oil spills, terrorism, cyber attacks, etc.) disasters in the U.S. during the past 10 years.  One, a tornado that destroyed St. John’s Regional Medical Center, a former CHI hospital in Joplin, MO, confirmed that preparedness – including well-rehearsed disaster recovery and emergency operations plans – is critical for effective response to and recovery from disasters.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is focused on developing programs, such as National Preparedness Month, to bring awareness to this crucial activity. CHI’s Business Resilience team is focused on working with CHI’s market-based organizations and national offices to fortify emergency response, business continuity, disaster recovery plans; and, to make organizational and individual planning and practice of those plans part of CHI’s fabric. CHI has resolved to be ready, and encourages employees to make themselves and their families ready, too. For more information, contact Cynthia Simeone.