• Alabama EMA/FEMA Private Sector Advisory #10

    [AlabamaEMA/FEMA Private Sector Advisory #10 contains updated recovery information to help you, your employees, customers, members, students, faculty, or staff who were affected by Hurricane Sally.]


    This joint AlabamaEMA/FEMA Advisory includes information on state and federal resources available to help Alabama businesses and employees recover from Hurricane Sally. To subscribe to DR-4563-AL ESF-15 Private Sector Advisories click here

    2-1-1 Connects Alabama – Help Is Just a Phone Call Away

    In Alabama, 2-1-1 Connects Alabama is a shortcut to health and human services agencies that can provide help to individuals and families in their continued recovery from the impact of Hurricane Sally.

    By simply dialing “211,” those in need of assistance can be referred, and sometimes connected, to appropriate agencies and community organizations. 2-1-1 Connects Alabama works a bit like 911. Calls to 211 are routed to a calling center. From there referral specialists use databases of resources available from private and public health and human service agencies to match the callers’ needs to available resources and link, or refer, them directly to an agency or organization that can help.

    Below are just some of the services can help callers access:

    • Basic Human Needs Resources
    • Government information
    • Health and Mental Health Resources
    • Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities
    • Support for Children, Youth and Families
    • Volunteer Opportunities and Donations
    • Military and Family Support

    2-1-1 Connects Alabama provides incident specific information in coordination with local emergency services during times of disaster, including road closures and shelters. You can reach out to 2-1-1 Connects Alabama by dialing 211 on any telephone, or call or text 888-421-1266, or visit online at https://www.211connectsalabama.org.

    You Can Do A Lot, for Little to No Cost, to Ready Your Business Through Continuity and Preparedness Planning

    How much damage a tornado, hurricane or other disaster does to your bottom line depends on emergency planning done now. Reduce the risks to your employees and your business by getting answers to a few questions. Remember, it doesn’t take a catastrophic incident to cause an immediate disaster for your organization. It could be an isolated natural incident such as a single lightning strike that damages your equipment. Human-caused activities can also disrupt operations indefinitely, such as a building and/or road construction project that diverts traffic from your organization for an extensive period of time, or even an active shooter.

    • What are the risks? | Find out the types of disasters most likely to occur in your community. Go to www.Ready.gov to learn what to do during a biological, chemical explosive, nuclear or radiological attack.
    • When did you last review insurance coverage? | Check with your insurance carrier about flood insurance, business interruption insurance and deductibles. Use this downloadable Insurance Coverage Discussion Form when reviewing coverage with your insurance agent.
    • Are your employees prepared for an emergency? | Include emergency preparedness information in the company newsletter, set up a Crisis Communications Plan like a telephone “call-down list”. Stock emergency supplies. To download a recommended Emergency Supply List click here.
    • Do you have an evacuation plan? | Post maps for quick reference by employees and visitors. Designate an assembly area outside the workplace.
    • Do you have a plan to shelter-in-place? | Determine where to take shelter during a tornado.
    • Do you have a continuity plan? | You can do a lot to prepare your organization for the hazards that could affect your operation for little to no cost.
      • Review your organizational chart and establish procedures for succession of management.
      • Take advantage of the online preparedness tips, publications, training and exercise materials, and planning software available to ready yourself for all types of hazards that could disrupt your operations. 
      • Protect your organization, visit these Ready.gov websites today: 

    How quickly your company can get back to business after a disaster depends on emergency planning done today. A commitment to planning today will help support employees, customers, the community, the local economy and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.


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