September 2011

Employees: Be prepared at home


Disaster preparedness at home is easy: make a plan, build a kit and stay informed.

Get your family involved in making a plan. Discuss the types of disasters most likely to occur in your area and why you need to prepare. Assign responsibilities so that you can work together as a team. Disaster preparedness planning can be educational and lifesaving. 

Your home preparedness kit should include essential items such as first aid supplies, disposable and heavy-duty work gloves, hand sanitizer, batteries, non-perishable food items, water, a hand-crank radio, an auto safety kit and maps, among others. All of these items are available online and at many retail locations nationwide. Pre-stocked kits are also available for purchase.

For more information, visit the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery page of Inside CHI; the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready.gov page, and the Red Cross website.