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ASSE Urges Taking Steps for Hurricane Season
June 10, 2010

With hurricane season beginning, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members, urge companies and communities to take steps now to prepare to handle emergencies in an effort to minimize injury and disruption to operations. ASSE notes that there are three critical phases of crisis management: vulnerability assessment, response management, and, business continuity. 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.

To prepare for contingency situations, such as hurricanes, safety professionals note that companies and organizations can be prepared and prevent injuries and fatalities. It is suggested that companies/communities integrate emergency preparedness into an organization’s overall safety management system; to conduct a vulnerability assessment of the organization to determine the probability and impact of a loss; to activate an up-to-date response management plan in the face of an emergency; and, assist their organization in its efforts to recover from a crisis/disaster. Other areas to consider include being in compliance with emergency response codes; know how to garner assistance from federal and state agencies; conduct a nuclear, biological and chemical risk assessment; have an internal and external communications plan, and, emergency response training.

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


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