Disaster Preparedness – Part 4 Preparing to Act

July 13, 2008 at 1:51 pm 1 comment

If you have been following the previous posts on this subject you have a a basic disaster plan for your site.  How do you know when to activate? How do you get the latest information on potential or in process events? I will be putting forth some resources to help you with these and other similar issues.

Now a lot of things we think of as disasters have warning systems in place if we would only pay attention to them. Weather is the first one that comes to mind and has several methods ranging from almost free to ones with substantial cost.  On the almost free end is NOAA’s All Hazards Radio: http://www.weather.gov/nwr/.

Mark Trail Champions NOAA Weather RadioNOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

With the use of this system monitoring of severe weather is pretty straight forward.  However businesses that are effected more severely by weather may want to subscribe to more sophisticated systems such as those provided by Accuweather.com: (http://www.accuweather.com/adc2004/pub/products_services/construction.asp?partner=accuweather&traveler=0&header=b)

The most comprehensive and expensive service is the one called Skyguard (form the web site): “Our comprehensive weather risk management and monitoring system combines a dedicated team of experienced meteorologists and business analysts with robust software to help you manage the impact of weather on your people, your property and, ultimately, your bottom-line profitability. SkyGuard®‘s weather risk management solutions provide:

Site-specific risk assessment
Weather Impact analysis & system design
SmartRAD Weather Information & Monitoring System
Redundant weather risk warning system
24×7 access to meteorologists
High availability with minimal impact on your infrastructure
Metrics to measure success
SkyGuard Extensions

Another system that has been around in some form is the Emergency Alert System (http://www.fcc.gov/pshs/services/eas/).  This system is that one were the local broadcasters are diverted to provide emergency news and information.  Of course this is only effective if you are monitoring local radio or TV during the work day or after some emergency has already happened and you are already having to respond.

There are also numerous options at various news websites for email, or text message to your cell phone the local news headlines or breaking news.  If you are the person tasked with the emergency response there is not cheaper way to be tapped into the local and national news.

These options I have been discussing should help you be more prepared to meet an emergency situation that you could possibly see coming like those related to weather and civil unrest.  Items such as earthquakes (I live in Southern California), terror attacks and catastrophic infrastructure failures aren’t predictable, at least yet.

Next time I will discuss communication in the middle and after an event.  Have a great week.
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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. keepingusafe  |  September 3, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Another item to consider in emergency preparedness is the ability to offer critical medical information to an EMS responder, even when you can’t respond!


    Chris Owens is the owner of Identification Devices LLC and creator of iD – the USB flash drive that holds emergency and medical information. http://www.identificationdevices.net


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