September is National Preparedness Month!
Each year, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, which serves as a call to action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and visit.
The 2016 National Preparedness Month theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Don’t wait! Make a plan with your family and friends for how you will stay safe and communicate during an emergency or disaster that can affect your community. Download the Family Emergency Communication Plan and fill out the sections before printing or emailing it to your family and friends.
Each week of National Preparedness Month has a theme to help you, your family, and your community to be more disaster prepared:
September Week 1 (August 28-September 3): Promote National Preparedness Month;
Week 2 (September 4-10): Preparing Family and Friends;
Week 3 (September 11-17): Preparing Through Service;
Week 4 (September 18-24): Individual Preparedness.
Week 5 leads up to National PrepareAthon!
Day on September 30, when the nation will come together to take action and practice their preparedness in advance of an emergency.
Get the social media toolkit and customizable logo and become involved with promoting National Preparedness Month by visiting www.ready.gov/september.
Our August meeting called for a roundtable session with all those who attended. These sessions turn out to be interesting events that provide gainful knowledge and experience to all participants because it gives all attendees an opportunity to ask specific questions and gain personal knowledge on how other companies are managing their programs. These events are provided a few times a year to give all our memebers an opportunity to bring to the table their biggest concerns, issues, or questions for other professionals to address and suggest improvements. Thank you all who participated and make sure to stay tuned to next month's events.
Once again thank all of you who made it out to the Houston TranStar Traffic Emergency Operations Center and Harris County Office of Emergency Management. We had an exciting and interesting time during our visit, and our hosts made sure we were well informed and educated on the ways they operate their centers. It was a great time and if you missed it, stay in touch with us and keep an eye out for our newsletters.
Thank you to everyone that participated in the Hurricane Awareness session in June! Many of you, in past years, would have participated in the StormGeo Annual Hurricane Symposium. In an effort to reach more than those that would be in attendance, StormGeo has taken on a new approach and have produced several FREE hurricane education videos. I have provided the link and hope that everyone takes a moment to review the content that is available!
Here we are – nearly 1 month and 3 named storms into Hurricane Season. Are your employees as prepared as they could be? Watch StormGeo’s FREE educational video series about hurricane readiness. Sign up now for immediate access to our highly informative hurricane videos!
A huge thank you to Ed Schlichtenmyer (Past Chapter President) and Dave Gorham for their efforts for our webinar. A recording of the message will be made available on the website early next week.
In case you missed June's Meeting Webinar, here is a link to the Hurricane Outlook presentation.
Hurricane Season Is Upon Us
As the 2016 Hurricane Season is upon us, it is a good time to reveiw the key takeaways from this year's hurricane preparedness week. The best time to prepare is before the land-fall of a tropical storm or hurricane, so these tips below should help you plan and prepare.
- Determine Your Risk
- Develop an Evacuation Plan
- Secure an Insurance Check-Up
- Assemble Disaster Supplies
- Strengthen Your Home
- Identify your Trusted Sources of Information for Hurricane Event
- Complete your Written Hurricane Plan
The 2016 Hurricane Season is now in effect, and with that in mind, we have to know where we can go to obtain up-to-date and current information regarding any active storm out in the Atlantic and/or the Gulf of Mexico. Below are some useful links where you can go, obtain, and rely on the information provided.
If you have used a site other than these listed above that has been useful to track and monitor a storm, please feel free to share and let us know what that site is by clicking here and submitting that information to be posted on our site.
2nd Annual Crisis Management Houston Conference
The 2nd annual Crisis Management Conference Houston will take place on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Hotel Derek.
This one day conference will examine how organizations are preparing for and communicating around, new and unfamiliar risks such as cyber incidents, terror attacks and strategic failure. CMC Houston 2016 offers attendees the unique opportunity to share views, experiences and the latest crisis management and communication thinking with like-minded professionals from industry, government and academia.
Organizations are more confident in their ability to respond to familiar risks, such as industrial accidents, product recalls and extreme weather events, than unfamiliar risks such as cyber-attacks, terror attacks and strategic failure, according to our recent crisis management survey.
Crises, such as the Mossack Fonseca data breach, recent terror attacks and security incidents across the Americas, Europe and Middle East and Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, are stark reminders of why crisis management is about preparing your leaders and teams to respond to the unimaginable – where they will need to make career, organization and even corporate history-defining decisions with little information, and with the world watching.
The conference is recommended as a personal and professional networking opportunity for those who want to be part of the development and discussion of the latest strategic crisis management thinking.
CMC speakers include:
• Gil Meyer, Director of Global Issues & Crisis Management, DuPont
• Garret Choquette, HES Emergency Manager, Occidental Petroleum
• Dr. Jennifer Vardeman-Winter, Director of Graduate Studies, Valenti School of Communication at University of Houston
To register and for further details please visit: CMC Houston website or contact email@example.com.
ACP Members qualify for a 10% discount. Click here to contact us for the discount code.
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