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ASSE Urges Storm Preparedness
September 3, 2010

During September’s National Preparedness month the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members join thousands in raising awareness on the importance of being prepared in an ongoing effort to prevent injuries and illnesses

ASSE notes there are three critical phases of crisis management: vulnerability assessment, response management, and, business continuity. As for being prepared now, hurricane season in the Atlantic began June 1st and ends November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began May 15th and also ends November 30th.

“Safety and health professionals know the benefit of being prepared for contingency situations. We look for all risks and develop programs to address those risks to prevent any injuries and illnesses while utilizing the newest technology in the process,” ASSE President Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP said. “All organizations should be doing this. For instance, we have learned from the recent hurricanes Katrina and Rita the importance of knowing how and where to contact your employees and their families, in the advent of a major disaster and have used emerging technology in those efforts. We urge companies to review and update their emergency and communications plans as well as their business resumption plans should a catastrophe hit. Remember, you have little control over the weather, but you can protect your employees and your property with the correct planning and implementation of plans. And you know what, when it hits, you better be ready to go.”

Sample emergency tip sheets, check lists and more are available on ASSE’s web site at

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