Preparedness Focus: Be Informed

September’s preparedness focus is being informed. Getting correct information to all visitors, staff, and volunteers who may be on grounds during an emergency is the key to enabling them to take safe action. Consider the following:

  • What type of emergency alert system do you have on grounds?
  • Do all staff and volunteers know what action to take when there is an alert?
  • Can alerts be clearly heard anywhere on grounds?
  • Can all guests understand and act on alerts?
  • Does your alert system include accommodations for how to notify guests who are deaf or hard of hearing?
  • Does your alert system include accommodations for guests who do not speak English?

If you are just getting started with planning, consider looking to our Contingency Planning Modules for more industry specific information. Additional information on crisis communication plans for businesses is available on

Do 1 Thing, a non-profit organization that aims to build more disaster resilient communities, asks the community to do one “thing” to enhance preparedness each month.