Are You Prepared?

By Candace Fisher, SPHR, Director, Organizational Development/Certified Coach
September 11, 2018

As I was talking to my daughter this evening, I was quite impressed.  This recently-turned-21 young adult is preparing for severe weather as Hurricane Florence moves toward landfall later this week. She’s doing pretty well with this “adulting” thing! (Who knew “adult” was a verb?) I began to wonder about those of us in HR. Are we as ready for the possibility of an unforeseen emergency? We don’t always have as much advance notice for emergencies as with a hurricane, but, nevertheless, we can be prepared. Here in the Midwest, tornado season is nearly over and severe weather from winter storms won’t be here for a while. This is the perfect time to ensure that your emergency preparedness plans are in place and up to date. In fact, as a result of a Presidential Proclamation in 2017, September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

Disasters Happen

When reviewing your emergency preparedness plan, be sure to cover all the possibilities.  Employers should include:

  • Pandemics or Workplace Illness
  • Biological & Chemical Hazards
  • Natural Disasters (including inclement weather)
  • Water Damage
  • Explosions/Fires
  • Terrorism/Bomb Threats
  • Civil Disturbances
  • Workplace Violence

As part of your emergency plan, be sure to communicate to employees and practice drills.  Document, distribute, and post information on your website so it is easily accessible to employees and others who may be affected, including external partners such as your property management company and the local fire department. 

Some government agencies and websites that you can use to prepare and update your emergency preparedness plan include:

Don’t wait until a disaster makes landfall in your organization. Plan, communicate, test, practice and review on a regular basis to keep your plan up-to-date. HR Source members with questions should contact us at or 800-448-4584.


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