National Preparedness Month

slide_NPM2014September is National Preparedness Month and the theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.” This is a great time to encourage your residents, staff, customers and other stakeholders to self-register for your emergency alerts.

During National Preparedness Month you can take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th.

Each week throughout National Preparedness Month will focus on different emergency preparation topics:

Week 1 – How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster

Week 2 – Know How to plan for specific needs before a Disaster

Week 3 – How to Build an Emergency Kit

Week 4 & 5 – How to Practice for an emergency

Download the National Preparedness Month 2014 Digital Engagement Toolkit from Ready.gov and you will find printable publications, sample social media posts, tips, tools, and more.

For more information about National Preparedness Month visit:www.ready.gov/september
Register your PrepareAthon! Day event: www.ready.gov/prepare

Get Ready to ShakeOut

ShakeOut_Global_GetReady_300x250From Alaska to Hawaii, Italy to Japan, over 15 million participants are registered to take part in the worldwide 2014 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:16 a.m. on October 16* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008.

Participating is a great way for your organization and your family to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.

Register today: http://shakeout.org/

Use It or Lose It

Periodic testing your mass notification system is a best practice we highly recommend. Not only does it help to ensure that your messages are up-to-date and ready to use, it also serves as a reminder to your select group of test alert recipients that the system is active and available.

Another important reason to test your system is making sure the users in your organization are properly trained. Using the Rapid Notify system is easy to learn but we find that if our customers do not practice on a regular basis, they forget about many of the most powerful features available to them.

Periodic testing can also be a reminder to monitor internal accountability. Customers that experience staff turnover may not realize that the person previously designated as their Rapid Notify Customer Administrator did not train or even inform their replacement regarding access to their account.

We encourage all of our customers to contact our outstanding Customer Support team to schedule an online refresher training session. Our system has many new features that you may not even be aware of such as Reusable Scenario Alerts, Social Media posting and more.

Contact us today.

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