Personal Note from Julie: March is Disaster Preparedness Month

Mar 7, 2014 | Procedures


March has definitely come in like a lion – not only has the weather been crazy, but it’s also been a hectic couple weeks for me personally. I’ve been dealing with some family matters, so I took a couple days off to visit with my family and spend some time with my 6-month-old niece who came to Iowa for a visit.

Rocking and cuddling and playing with little Ellyana has been a much-needed break. Introducing her to her first solid food was certainly fun, too. However, since Ellyana has no teeth yet, this carrot was more of a tasty toy than nourishing food.

This week is NOAA National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and it’s also the start of our month-long campaign on disaster preparedness. Six years ago this June, my city was flooded in one of the five most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history. That crisis gave me a new appreciation for having well-documented office procedures. You’ve heard me go on and on about all the reasons you need procedures, but they’re never more important than during a disaster or emergency.

Procedures are critical to communicating with colleagues, and if needed, getting a new “remote office” set up overnight. They’re also crucial in helping you to utilize your time effectively and to act quickly. If you don’t have your contacts and resources in place, your whole company could end up suffering.

We’ve got some great tips on preparing for severe weather and disasters on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages this week, as well as in our feature article below.

We also have plenty of resources on creating your procedures available on the All Things Admin site, and this month’s AdminPro Training Series will focus on disaster preparedness tips from Cindy Pfennig, a former executive assistant who is now a disaster preparedness specialist at the American Red Cross.

Spring is coming and bringing with it an increased chance of floods and other natural disasters. Get prepared now and be ready for whatever comes your way!

Supporting your administrative success,

Julie Perrine

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