‘It won’t happen to me.’

The large majority of people believe that disasters will never occur in their city, town, or neighborhood.  Those things only happen to other people. For the sake of this post, let’s just suppose that a disaster could happen to you.  Are you prepared?

  • Where would you go for safety?
  • How would you communicate with your family or your employer?
  • Could you access emergency supplies, your treasured belongings, pets, and important files?

Disaster preparedness isn’t just a job for FEMA. The truth is, we should all be prepared to handle the unexpected at a moment’s notice.

Forethought and preplanning facilitate optimal decision making.

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Consider these Examples:

  • Say you are taking a cruise through the gorgeous blue Caribbean. It takes only a few minutes away from making memories to pay attention during the mandatory safety briefing covering lifeboats and emergency procedures.
  • Does your place of employment have designated safe places should the need arise to shelter in place due to severe weather?
  • Perhaps you moved to California from the Midwest and you now must consider the possibility of earthquakes. Reviewing your homeowner’s insurance policy and securing heavy furniture to the walls doesn’t seem too far out of line does it?
  • Suppose you attend a large church with over 3,000 members and a child gets lost. Does the church have a Lost Child Policy? Do you know if your church has made any disaster or emergency preparations?

Preparedness takes on many forms in your life. Work, home, play…we must all be prepared for a variety of situations at all times. Situational Awareness as some call it, is lifesaving. Being situationally aware doesn’t make you paranoid or nervous. In fact, being mindful of possibilities and how you would respond puts you in the best position possible: Proactive rather than Reactive.

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Do you want to learn more about preparing your family, neighborhood, church, or business for emergencies? Contact DAJ Consulting today for a free, no-risk 15 minute phone consultation.

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Wednesday Whoops! Oversized Outdoor Errors

Wednesday Whoops! is another new series that I’ll never run out of content for. Check out these gems from my local area.

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Here are my thoughts on this trio of Oversized Outdoor Errors:

  • I get it… Sometimes letters blow away or get jostled around on these large marquee signs. But wouldn’t you want to make sure they look their best; especially when you are trying to attract management personnel?
  • Perhaps those little plastic punctuation symbols are just crazy expensive, so companies don’t buy the necessary apostrophes or question marks.
  • And YES, I do feel rather SPECIAL when I receive flowers, but changing the way the word is spelled to indicate voice inflection is just odd to me! 😉

Check out my Hold Your Horses post for tips on how to avoid making simple writing mistakes. And YES these tips still apply to huge outdoor advertisements; case in point above!

Contact DAJ Consulting today to schedule a thorough review of your external and internal documentation for process improvements, organization, and clarity.

 

 

The Oxford Comma to the Rescue!

I realize that as a writer, punctuation errors tend to jump out at me. It’s truly a part of my brain I cannot dial down.  In our tech savvy world with so many quick ways to communicate, punctuation seems to get left in the dust.  Some people rationalize that sacrificing punctuation is an acceptable casualty in our modern Get It Done Now world.

Hogwash!

And if you ask a group of delivery drivers from a Dairy in Maine, punctuation is very important; especially the serial comma. The serial comma is also known as the Oxford comma due to its style rulebook endorsement from the Oxford University Press written decades ago. The Oxford comma separates three or more items. Best further explained directly from The Oxford Guide to Style, 2nd edition…

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The importance of the Oxford comma is clear. Without it, specific items or terms tend to blur together, can lead to confusion, and cause misinterpretation. (See what I did there…)

I’ve never seen it cause a ruckus, other than in the editing world perhaps. But in the case of the Dairy lawsuit mentioned above, a simple comma is the only thing standing in the way of paid overtime for some hardworking delivery drivers.

I personally use the Oxford comma, but I have worked with companies that prefer not to. And that’s ok. I always work within the client’s style guidelines, or I’ll help develop a style guide if one is requested.

Contact DAJ Consulting today to schedule a risk-free review of your current documentation;  including policies and procedures, User Manuals or Instruction Guides, and Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Plans.

 

Do you hear SIRENS?

This week marks both Severe Weather Preparedness Week and Flood Safety Preparedness Week in the State of Indiana. Click here to learn about awareness events for your State (if you live in another State).

Did you know that Indiana had 35 tornados in 2016?

For Hoosiers, two Statewide Tornado Drills will be executed by the National Weather Service on Tuesday March 21st. The outdoor warning sirens will be activated and the test will also broadcast over NOAA weather radios. The tests will take place twice during the day to allow both businesses and families to practice preparedness.

The sirens will be tested at:

  • 10:15am
  • 7:35pm

Click here for additional Tornado facts including understanding the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning.

Stay safe and be sure to practice your severe weather plan at your place of employment and with your family.

 

Designated Safe Place

What is a Designated Safe Place?
A safe place is somewhere you would go in time of emergency. It may also be called a Shelter in Place location. You may need to go to a Safe Place for emergencies including severe weather such as a tornado, hazardous material spill, building lockdown, or active shooter.

Suggested Designated Safe Place Guidelines:

For Businesses & Churches

Generally a safe place should be an interior room, with a minimum number of entryways (to help control access), and it should accommodate as many people as possible. Examples include a restroom, break room, or conference room. Ideally the room can be locked and secured once all staff is accounted for.

Tip: Maintain a master copy of building blueprints onsite, electronically, and also offsite. Clearly mark all designated Safe Places.

For Homes

A safe place would likely be a basement, or interior room that can accommodate the whole family. This room may also contain emergency supplies such as blankets, first aid kit, food, and extra clothing.

Free Download

Click here to download a free SAFE PLACE door marker. Print the sign for each designated safe place and secure it above the doorway to each location. Laminate each sign for long term use.

Contact DAJ Consulting for help with implementing a disaster recovery plan for your business, church, or family.