Ensuring your staff is prepared and safe before, during and after a disaster goes a long way in ensuring workforce resilience – in other words, that your workforce will be ready and able to come to the aid of the organization during a crisis event. To that end, a new web resource – Get Tech Ready – is being stood up by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross (ARC), the Ad Council and Google Crisis Response on behalf of the FEMA’s Ready campaign. This new web resource is being released just ahead of schedule – September – which in the U.S. is designated as the annual “National Preparedness Month”, and for 2011 it is the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.
According to FEMA “this new resource educates individuals and families about how using modern-day technology can help them prepare, adapt and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies or disasters. Get Tech Ready provides Americans with tips on how to use technological resources before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones and manage your financial affairs. Preparedness tips on the website include:
- Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available;
- Store your important documents such as personal and financial records in the cloud or on a secure and remote area or flash or jump drive that you can keep readily available so they can be accessed from anywhere; and
- Create an Emergency Information Document using the Ready.gov Family Emergency Plan template in Google Docs or by downloading the Ready Family Emergency Plan to record your emergency plans.”
Check it out and let us know what you think.
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