Every organization needs an emergency repsonse plan to ensure they are prepared for emergencies.
Johnson County Emergency Management has reviewed and compiled a number of disaster-planning documents and links that your organization may find useful. These materials provide the basics of disaster planning for businesses and organizations. These resources are meant to provide a starting point for individuals that are interested in developing their organization's disaster response & recovery plans. We encourage all who utilize these materials to analyze their organization's specific needs carefully when considering the planning guidance provided. Please contact our planning staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-782-3038 with any questions.
Ready Business - This site outlines commonsense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready.
Prepare My Business - The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Agility Recovery Solutions are working together to encourage all small businesses to have a recovery plan in place. Working together, SBA and Agility are educating all businesses on the importance of recovery planning to remain open to service the needs of all communities.
DHS Business Ready Booklet - A commitment to planning today will help support employees, customers, the community, the local economy and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.
Ready Business outlines common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. It provides practical information to help you plan for your company’s future. These recommendations reflect the Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Standard (NFPA 1600) developed by the National Fire Protection Association and endorsed by the American National Standards Institute and the Department of Homeland Security.
Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry - While this guide is a few years old, it still provides one of the most comprehensive approaches to emergency planning for businesses. The guide provides step-by-step advice on how to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program. It can be used by any organization where a sizable number of people work or gather (manufacturers, corporate offices, retailers, utilities, etc). This guide covers the planning process, emergency management considerations, hazard specific information, and additional information resources.
Pandemic Business Planning - In an influenza pandemic, businesses and other employers have a key role in protecting employees' health and safety as well as limiting the negative impact to the economy and society. Companies that provide critical infrastructure services, such as power and telecommunications, also have a special responsibility to plan for continued operation in a crisis and should plan accordingly. As with any catastrophe, having a contingency plan is essential.
Emergency Planning Exercises - FEMA Private Sector Division, Office of External Affairs recently began a new series of tabletop exercises as a tool to help private sector organizations advance their organization’s continuity, preparedness and resiliency. The series is a part of the Division’s vigilant efforts to incorporate the private sector across all stages of FEMA’s emergency management mission, to support FEMA’s capabilities, and to enhance national preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation of all hazards.
Johnson County is vulnerable to tornadoes and many other hazards. Thankfully, there are a number of fairly simple things we can do to prepare. Everyone is encouraged to:
Make a Plan - As we enter severe weather season, it is a good time to consider all of the places you and your family spend time throughout the week (everywhere you live, work, learn, and play). Do you know where you would take shelter in each of these locations during a tornado warning? Do other people that may rely on you know where to go? If not, now is the time to prepare.
Build a Kit - Having a disaster supplies kit is a key element to being prepared. After a disaster emergency responders will be working hard to meet everyone’s emergent needs but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Getting help could take hours, or it could take days. A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Your kit needs to have enough food, water, and other supplies to last you at least three days after a disaster. Do you have a kit that meets your needs? If not, now is the time to prepare.
Stay Informed - Staying informed before, during and after disasters is essential. In addition to knowing what risks face your community and what you can do to prepare for them ahead of time, you need to make sure you have multiple ways to receive emergency notifications and updates. Having a battery or crank operated NOAA All-hazards Weather Radio is a great way to ensure you are kept informed of official warnings for your area. Additionally, in Johnson County you can sign up for NotifyJoCo (www.notifyjoco.org).