In the first part of 2022, the U.S. has experienced severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, wildfires, and flooding. COVID is still a major concern and monkeypox pops up in headlines almost daily. You’ve worked hard to build a legacy for your family. This National Preparedness Month, learn how you can protect what you’ve built at work by preparing for managing disasters.
“It’s too late to find out you are not prepared when an emergency happens,” says Ryan Nolte, Ph.D., ISRI’s director of safety outreach. ISRI offers resources dedicated to safety, and the association is embarking on a project to work with members to develop additional how-tos to enable recyclers to plan ahead for their facilities and how to most effectively help their local communities when disasters happen.
This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working with its federal, state, local, and nongovernmental partners to support the needs of the areas affected by the devastating wildfires in California, and the water crisis in Mississippi. Even before a presidential proclamation, DHS agencies began acting to ensure the nation is better prepared for disasters down the line. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has shareable information about how to help prevent electrically related deaths, injuries, and property loss by taking a few precautions during and after severe storms and other natural disasters.
The federal government has an entre website devoted to preparedness, with a section on business that includes toolkits for specific disasters, as well as business continuity planning, information technology recovery, employee assistance, and more. For more information and to get started on your emergency plan, visit ready.gov/plan or listo.gov/plan.
ISRI has a safety team that helps recyclers evaluate and improve their operations. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for fees and more information. As ISRI’s collaboration with members to create more preparedness resources takes shape, Scrap News will carry the latest information on how members can participate.
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