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Disaster Preparedness Resources

During hurricane season, our members, their companies and families could be directly or indirectly affected by the force of a storm.  But, a hurricane is not the only natural disaster that could impact us.  There are many possible disaster scenarios and the more prepared you are, the better your company will be able to manage the situation and to keep your employees and their families safe and productive.

We have compiled a list of some of the resources available to you in developing and maintaining your plans that include preparedness, business continuity and disaster recovery.  Some are from SHRM and some are from recognized links to SHRM.  Preparedness is the best way to successfully manage a possible disaster. 

When Disasters Strike:  Pay, Leave and Related Issues
When business is suspended or employees can't get to work, numerous employment laws are implicated including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  (8/2011)  

Disaster Management Plan: HR’s Role
The role of human resources in disaster and operations continuity planning must be considered in a comprehensive, analytical manner and be linked to the organization’s strategic disaster management plan. (7/2010)

What is the best way to plan for disasters that may affect our business, like the Gulf oil spill?
Disasters, whether natural or man-made, are unpredictable and can have a severe impact on business operations. Therefore, employers will want to be prepared in order to keep their employees safe and to minimize operational disruptions as much as possible.  (7/2010)

Planning for a Crisis? Exercise is Key
A crisis plan gathering dust on your shelf is no good if you never run a drill to see how it works. From a liability standpoint, you might be better off having no plan at all rather than having a plan you’ve never tested, a crisis management expert advised. (10/2009)

Disaster Prep: HR’s Critical Role
Should disaster strike, do you have a plan in place to ensure employees get paid and receive the benefits they'll need more than ever?  (11/07)

Plans for coping with calamities should incorporate Workforce Demographics. (11/2005)

Employer's Responsibilities in the Wake of a Natural Disaster (9/2005)

Severe Weather Policy (sample)

Evacuation Program (sample)

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BC/DR (Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery) a Top Priority for 2011 (9/2010)

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning: The Basics
Good business continuity plans will keep your company up and running through interruptions of any kind: power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems and more. (7/2010)  

How to Perform A Disaster Recovery/Business Impact Analysis (12/09)

Crisis Management Planning: A Human Resource Challenge (4/2002)

Sample Business Continuity and Disaster Preparedness Plan

Every Business Should Have a Plan; Insurance Discussion Form
Free Publications – Business 
Has a “safe and well” list where folks can let others know where they are.
Personal Workplace Disaster Supplies Kit

How to Talk to Your Employees About Emergency Preparedness

Prepare Your Workplace and Employees

How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and Evacuation

Preparing: Training - How can my business create an Emergency Evacuation Plan?

And Tips for Preparing for Specific Natural Disasters:


Heat Extreme

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Hurricane Checklist

Hurricane Preparedness
Another way to get information is through SHRM’s Express Request program. Do a search for express requests and follow the prompts: Check the hurricane preparedness box and press submit; within seconds you will receive an email chock full of links to pertinent information.

Thunderstorms and Lightning

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