As National Preparedness Month, September is the perfect time to remember the importance of preparing ourselves, our families and our communities for potential emergencies now and throughout the year.
Unfortunately, natural disasters and destructive events can strike at any moment. If an emergency arises, it is essential to have a plan to stay safe, and take care of ourselves and the needs of our loved ones.
To stay safe and prepared throughout the year, Boyd Gaming team members should practice the following preparedness tips:
Natural Disaster Preparedness
Boyd Gaming team members from across the country are at risk of facing natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and earthquakes. Below are some helpful tips on what you can do now to prepare for a natural disaster.
- Develop an evacuation plan and know your evacuation routes at home, work and school
- In the case of a natural disaster, listen to local authorities on the radio or television for instructions, and follow those directions
- Have an emergency supply kit with items, such as a first aid kit, non-perishable foods, water, medication, batteries, flashlights, rain gear, important documents, maps and more
- Check your insurance to make sure your home and other property are covered if they are destroyed by natural disasters
Emergencies can happen at any moment. Before an emergency arises, it is important to have a discussion with your family to determine a plan and identify any needs that will need to be met. Read the following for some tips on family preparedness:
- Make sure your family (including children) knows how to get in touch with you if they’re away from you during an emergency. Memorizing each other’s phone numbers can be extremely helpful
- Know your family’s work and school contact information, including the work and school evacuation locations for each family member
- Keep important information about your family handy, including date of births, social security numbers and important medical information like medication prescriptions, insurance details and more
- Create an emergency kit for any family members with physical impairments that can include medical supply like support devices, battery chargers for devices, details of their support needs and more. Also, have a plan for how you will transport family members with physical impairments in the case of an emergency
- Put an emergency kit together for your pets, including service animals, with their veterinarian’s information, pet food and extra water. In case of a natural disaster, research pet-friendly shelters and veterinarians that will take in you and your pets
- Whether it’s dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster, a sudden medical expense or a flat tire, these events take money and resources. Build a rainy-day fund and stockpile some supplies to stay prepared for an emergency
In the event of an emergency, it is very possible that we’ll have to be the first ones in our communities to take action before first responders arrive. The following tips and training opportunities can assist you in helping your community recover from a crisis:
- Take time to learn lifesaving skills by training to receive CPR and first-aid certifications
- Volunteer to be part of your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) where you’ll receive the proper training for disaster preparedness, fire suppression, medical operations, light search and rescue and more. You can be part of the team that responds to an emergency when relief resources are not readily available in your community
- Stay alert and look out for any safety hazards or suspicious activity at work, home, school and any location. If you see something suspicious or potentially dangerous, please contact your supervisor or on-site security right away.
Learn more about preparedness tips by visiting www.ready.gov. For regional resources and additional preparedness tips and toolkits, Boyd Gaming team members can visit www.boyd.net/sites/Crisis/SitePages/Preparedness.aspx from their workstations.