Ask Yourself the Critical Question: “Am I Prepared for a Natural Disaster?

No one wants to think about it. But we have to be proactive or we will spend far more time and resources being reactive.

June 1 marks the beginning of the hurricane season, the time where anyone living in hurricane prone areas need to refresh their emergency plan. But what about every other natural disaster?

What is your plan?

What is Your Plan for Natural Disasters?

In this post, we discuss the need for a plan for a wide variety of natural disasters. In the coming posts, we will discuss the scope of the plan and other traumas that also require a plan.

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Those who follow me know that I work with individuals and organizations to think bigger and reach higher to do what others don’t think is possible. Toward that goal my wife and I have written two books that clients use to create a cutting-edge culture of disruptive innovation. (The ROI of Compassion, 2018, and LEADING with the POWER of COMPASSION, to be released at SHRM19 in Las Vegas in June).

Types of Natural Disasters

Depending upon your location, you might be prone to one or more of the following:

  • Tornadoes
  • Wildfires
  • Drought
  • Floods
  • Tsunamis
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanic Eruptions
  • Pestilence (outbreaks of disease)

What is the Cost?

As you know or can imagine, natural disasters disrupt and devastate our personal and professional lives. Every year businesses are ruined and cost the United States $91 Billion in 2018 (according to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.)

Not only are facilities damaged or destroyed, so are the lives of team members. As we detail in both of the books, the pain team member suffer and how you work to alleviate that pain will dictate their loyalty and productivity.

Does your plan anticipate the pain of your team members? (By team members, we mean all levels of employees, customers, vendors and the community.)

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Are You More Proactive or Reactive?

If we are not proactive, we have no choice but to be reactive. We know that when we have no plan, we must scramble for resources because we have not arranged for them ahead of time. As businesses, when we have not anticipated the potential pain for our employees, why will they consider our pain in the midst of trauma?

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(c) 2019 Murfield International, Inc.




Loren Murfield, Ph.D.

I work with leaders and organizations think bigger and reach higher to find breakthrough success. This is a process that I can help you learn. Begin the process today by contacting me. 

Start learning how you can engage employees during their most traumatic moments in our newly revised and just released book, “The ROI of COMPASSION.” Watch for the formal release of our new book, “Leading with the Power of Compassion” in July, 2019. (Soft release at the SHRM19 conference in June.)

ROI of Compassion 2018

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