Happy National PrepareAthon Day! It’s hard to believe that October is approaching and the holidays are right around the corner. Cyber Monday (online sales that happen the first Monday after Thanksgiving) and Green Monday (usually the second Monday in December) offer up additional marketing opportunities for e-commerce stores. 2015 online sales are expected to break the previous year’s record in 2014, which means another monster peak season for OnTrac.
Not only is September the beginning of fall and the eve of the busy peak season at work, but September is also National Preparedness Month for you and your family’s personal safety at home during any disaster situation. Everyone is extremely busy with work schedules and it is very important to take a few minutes every day to make sure that you and your families are prepared in case of a disaster. Natural disaster can occur at any time, at work or home. There are no schedules or time frames that such events will take place, which is why a plan is always needed. Today is a day dedicated to taking action to increase community preparedness and resilience.
Below is a list of tips from the National Crime Prevention Council to prepare for what could be the most tragic time in your life or your family’s lives at home or at work.
- Develop a communications plan for your family. Choose someone who does not live with you (preferably an out-of-town relative or friend) whom you and other family members can contact to check on each other in the event that you are separated during a disaster. Carry that person’s contact information in your purse or wallet.
- Make sure children know their last name, phone number, address, and number for the out-of-town contact person.
- Make sure every member of your family knows an alternate route home.
- If family members can’t get home, designate a meeting place.
- Know your community’s emergency evacuation route.
- Learn how to shut off utilities such as gas, electricity, and water.
- Assemble an emergency preparedness kit that will allow your family to camp out for three days. Assume you’ll be without electricity and running water.
- Store your emergency supplies in sealed containers such as plastic tubs - taped shut.
- Keep cash on hand; automated teller machines won’t be working if the power is out.
- Learn CPR and first aid to help with medical emergencies.
- Learn about emergency plans for your children’s school or daycare center.
- If you’re a teen, find out whether your school has a group of student volunteers to help out in emergency situations. If not, offer to help start such a group. Or start a School Crime Watch.
- Learn about your company’s emergency plan. Practice the plan. Learn exit routes.
- Work with your Neighborhood Watch or civic association to create a disaster preparedness plan.
On behalf of OnTrac, we would like to wish you a safe and successful peak and holiday season.
More information on National PrepareAthon Day: http://www.community.fema.gov/
Additional Resources: http://www.community.fema.gov/take-action/hazards