Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) September 12, 2014
In recognition of National Preparedness Month, Safety Services Company is offering complimentary online emergency preparedness training to all U.S. employers.
September 2014 marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security. The goal of the event is to educate the public on the damage an emergency can cause.
In the business sector, small and medium enterprises are particularly at risk.
The 2013 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction report, which surveyed 1,300 small and medium-sized businesses in six disaster-prone cities in the Americas, found about 75% have suffered disruptions related to damaged or destroyed power, telecommunications and water utilities, illustrating the inter-dependence between the private and public sectors when it comes to disaster risk management.
Yet only a minority of those surveyed — about 14.2 percent of companies with fewer than 100 employees — had even a basic approach to crisis management in the form of business continuity planning, the report says.
“Emergency preparedness is a topic that, unfortunately, many businesses ignore, despite the dire consequences,” said Safety Services Company spokesman Michael Rich.
An emergency can have far-reaching impacts on all aspects of a business. In fact, at least 25% of businesses that close after a disaster never reopen, according to the Institute for Business & Home Safety.
The goal of Homeland Security during National Preparedness Month is to educate the public about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies, and terrorist attacks.
To support that goal, Safety Services Company is offering free access to an online training course in emergency preparedness.
The emergency response training program takes about 30 minutes to complete and focuses on topics such as:
- Types of emergencies
- Emergency response
- Emergency responsibilities
- Emergency exits
- And more
To gain access to your complimentary training course, simply email Michael Rich at mrich(at)safetyservicescompany(dot)com.