“Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”
PREVENT EMERGENCY HVAC BREAKDOWNS
Your heating system will be less likely to experience a breakdown if you keep it regularly serviced. Schedule your fall preventive maintenance inspection to avoid an interruption in heating service for your office, building or facility. D.P. Wolff offers 24/7 emergency service but highly recommends routine preventive maintenance for your HVAC mechanical systems.
September is National Preparedness Month. In order to prepare for the next potential disaster, it’s important to have a plan in place.
As we’ve recently witnessed in Westchester County and around the world, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, and other disasters can occur anywhere and can affect everyone. Nobody is safe from potentially life-threatening natural and man-made emergency situations.
Instead of running around in a panic, it’s highly recommended that you develop a plan and practice it at least once a year. That way, when an earthquake, fire, major storm, or other emergency occurs, you will know exactly what to do.
The goal of National Preparedness Month (NPM) is to get as many people to engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and places of worship.
To help participate in this national initiative, we are sharing resources from ready.gov to promote family and business planning.
FAMILY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Week 1: Make a Plan
Talk with family members about your emergency plan. Discuss how you will stay in touch when disaster strikes and review CDC recommendations during COVID-19.
- Tailor your plan to specific needs in your house. Consider:
- Create a budget that includes an emergency savings fund.
Week 2: Build A Kit
- Ensure your kit is stocked with essential items, including what is needed to protect you and your family from COVID-19.
- Consider the unique needs of your family (example: families with infants should include formula, diapers & bottles).
- Have enough supplies for several days and store items in airtight containers.
- Help individuals with disabilities prepare for disasters.
Week 3: Prepare for Disasters
- The CDC has published a #PrepYourHealth Digital Media Toolkit with suggestions on how people can create a community before a disaster or emergency.
- Sign up for emergency alerts so that during a disaster or emergency you receive immediate life-saving information from your state and local municipality.
- If you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, consider making improvements to your building to fix structural issues that could cause your building to collapse during an earthquake.
- If you live in an area prone to wildfires, create a defensive space around your home by clearing debris or articles that could easily fuel the flames.
- If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, install shutters for all your windows.
- If your area is prone to flooding, keep important documents in a waterproof container. Also, protect your property by purchasing flood insurance.
Week 4: Teach Youth About Preparedness
Youth are an important part of building a national culture of preparedness; children under the age of 18 make up nearly one-quarter of the entire U.S. population.
- Promote good financial saving practices by providing clear steps to saving, budgeting, setting and meeting financial goals.
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has additional resources online to teach youth financial capability.
- Check out the Ready Kids website for tips on how to prepare your entire family.
BUSINESS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Businesses Face a Variety of Hazards
- Natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
- Health hazards such as widespread and serious illnesses like the flu.
- Human-caused hazards including accidents and acts of violence.
- Technology-related hazards like power outages and equipment failure.
What You Should know
- Know what to do before, during, and after a disaster.
- Identify your risks. Know what disasters are most likely to affect your business.
- Develop a workplace emergency plan and be sure employees know it.
- Create a crisis communications plan to keep in contact with customers, suppliers and employees during and after a disaster.
- Test and practice your preparedness plans.
- Have emergency supplies available at the workplace.
- Check your insurance policies to ensure you have enough coverage.
- Listen to local officials.