At Work

posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:20 PM by Pueblo RCN   [ updated Aug 30, 2013, 12:46 PM ]
Prepare at work
Next, consider that you probably spend more time at work than you do awake at home.  If a crisis strike Pueblo, would you know what to do if you where at work when it occurred   What does your boss expect from you?  Many need to stay and continue the work they do while others are able to leave.  Even if you are able to leave work after a disaster, what would you do if the event prevented you from doing so?  Would you be able to stay at work for a long period of time if circumstances forced you to shelter there?  If you were able to go are there two routes from there to your home in case major roadways are closed?  If your family were in different parts of Pueblo, or even out of town how would you communicate your status to one another?  Here are some things you can do now that will erase those worries from your mind.

  1. Ask about your business continuity plan at work.  There is a chance your supervisors already know if you are expected to stay and work during and immediately following a disaster.
  2. Decide how long you can afford to be without pay, that is often a strong motivator for you to restore the office to business as usual.  Pushing muddy flood water out of the office may not be in your job description, but if it is necessary for a successful return to operations, consider your willingness in advance.
  3. Review some risk scenarios as a team so everyone knows what to do.  You can start with the Active Shooter video on the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office website.  It will start great discussion and give you important life safety information too!
  4. Pack a small office survival kit.  Similar to the one at home, it should have a flashlight, food, water, a change of clothes, personal hygiene items, etc.  Comforts will be a welcome site if you are shut inside your office for 20 hours because of a winter storm or other natural disaster. 
  5. Take a different way to and from work.  If a crisis shuts your business down and you are able to leave listen for road closures so you don't end up stuck in heavy traffic.  It will ease your mind to get back to your family as soon as possible.
  6. Image you can't leave and you are worried about your children and spouse because of a community level crisis...Having an out of town family member serve as a "check-in" person means that a person unaffected by the event in Pueblo has one job, and that is making sure they hear from each of you.  More about Family Communications Plans soon!

Pueblo RCN,
Aug 30, 2013, 4:50 PM