Determine the hazards that could occur based on your surrounding area and start preparing for how to handle them.
Quickly identifying critical business functions and any impact on them is essential to your organization’s survival during a disaster and in resuming business operations as quickly as possible. That is why we’ve leveraged the expertise of our specialists to develop a variety of materials that you can reference prior to, during and after a crisis situation. To further supplement these resources, we’ve partnered with Agility Recovery Services on some easy-to-implement, disaster-related checklists as well as recurring emergency planning webinars.
In addition to a variety of weather news sources online or through other means of communications, emergency information also can be found through federal weather agencies (several of which offer mobile apps to remain apprised of the pending or current situation). Several organizations dedicated to weather monitoring include:
National Weather Service
The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) provides significant information on everything from current weather updates, contact organizations to assist you, preparation and planning resources and more.
National Hurricane Center
The U.S. National Hurricane Center was established to help save lives, mitigate property loss and improve the economic climate in the affected areas. It provides news alerts, updates and resources to assist you.
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was established to focus on conditions relative to our oceans and general atmospheric environment. NOAA provides alerts to dangerous weather, conducts research and offers critical resources where necessary. NOAA also offers a mobile app to allow its visitors to remain apprised of pending weather activity.
When you know that your state or community could be at risk of a natural disaster, actively monitoring news sources is extremely important. While there are many options available through television, radio and the Internet, The Weather Channel also offers a mobile app for both iPhone and Android devices. You will likely try to remain current also provides active weather updates, forecasts and many additional resources.
(The weather organizations listed above are not associated with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. This information is provided for informational purposes.)
A powerful storm, wildfire or earthquake suddenly strikes your town. Homes are leveled. Businesses are closed. Power lines are down, and you start worrying about how you'll be able to access some of the most basic needs such as food, water, and shelter. First, check with your community disaster resources and emergency personnel teams for any information they may have. If your community is declared a disaster area, resources could be available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross.
If you experience broader threats to your safety because of a situation in your community you should contact local emergency personnel. The federal government has also established the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to assist in these efforts.