American Society of Safety Engineers Provide Hurricane Emergency Preparedness Information
Des Plaines, IL (September 12, 2008) — In light of the impending strength of Hurricane Ike, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) urges everyone in the affected areas to take steps now to protect their businesses, schools, homes, and their community and to heed the warnings of federal and state officials. ASSE has passed information along to its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members and made it available on its web site at www.asse.org.
ASSE is offering the following information at www.asse.org — Hurricane Season Preparation Tips; Business Resumption Safety Tips; Clean-Up Tips for Flood-Related Mold; Workplace Emergency and Crisis Preparation Checklist; Hazmat Emergency Safety Information; Emergency Preparation Plans information; Key Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources list; Hazmat Emergency Response Resources and the Homeland Security Department’s Emergency Preparedness Quiz.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) noted today that Hurricane Ike is now expected to impact Texas and Louisiana, with the storm bringing rain and wind to additional states as it moves inland.
Homeland Security officials are urging people to listen to their local officials, and if told to evacuate, to do it immediately and for residents not in evacuation zones who are sheltering in place, to ensure that they have supplies to sustain them and their family for at least three days. Should people have to go outside, be careful of downed power lines and do not attempt to drive through flooded roads.
Hurricanes often produce high winds, tornadoes, large amounts of rain and power outages that can affect citizens for days after the initial storm has passed. Therefore, it is important for residents to have at least a three-day supply of water for each individual in the family, including pets, along with non-perishable food, a first aid kit, battery-powered radio, extra batteries and a flashlight.
If asked to evacuate, it is recommended that people have a “to go” bag ready and include: maps/evacuation routes; important documents such as proof residence, pictures of your family including pets, insurance policies, and tax records; comfortable clothing and blankets; and unique family needs such as prescription medications, pet supplies, infant supplies or any other unique need your family may have.
In addition to www.asse.org and www.osha.gov web sites, please go to the Homeland Security’s web site at www.ready.gov for an emergency supply checklist www.ready.gov/america/getakit/kit-print.html, an emergency plan www.ready.gov/america/_downloads/familyemergencyplan.pdf and link to local information. For information in Spanish, visit www.listo.gov. Individuals can also call 1-800-BE-READY or 1-888-SE-LISTO for more emergency preparedness information.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. It has more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide with a large percentage living and working in the areas that could be affected by Hurricane Ike.