Preparedness Takes Many Forms
The weather events of the past two months have brought ALAN into full operation. Our association partners and member companies have rallied together to deliver fork lifts to food banks, fans to volunteers sorting donations, and boots and sandbags for flood response. All of these connections were made possible because trusted relationships were established before the devastating events. Preparedness can take many forms, and building relationships is just one of them. This month, we share other ways you can prepare – including creating a response plan for your family and business, and participating in FEMA's "Whole Community" discussion. Finally, this month's installment of our "Many Faces" column will show you just why ALAN wants you to get involved.
Spring Storms and Flooding Update
ALAN is thankful to the many generous companies who have contributed to relief efforts in the aftermath of the storms and flooding that affected much of the central and southern US. We continue working with emergency management and voluntary agencies as these communities begin to recover. New needs are being posted to the portal on a frequent basis. Please review these needs and contact us if you can assist.
Tapping into the Whole Community
Presidential Policy Directive 8 PPD:8 outlines goals for national preparedness of the United States and includes the required development of a national preparedness system. In support of this national preparedness objective, FEMA is soliciting input on their "Whole Community" approach to disaster preparedness and response. "Whole Community" refers to how all parts of a community (volunteer, faith and community-based organizations, the private sector, and the public, including survivors themselves) – can effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters.
> View FEMA's "Whole Community" paper
Are You Prepared?
Disasters can strike anyone at any time. Join ALAN in taking these steps to prepare for emergencies in our homes, businesses, and communities: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed, Make a Difference.
Learn More at Ready.gov
One of the Many Faces of ALAN
When ALAN spread the word that transportation was needed for a food donation to help tornado victims in Alabama, the team at Cold Chain Transportation immediately offered to help. The delivery had special meaning for the staff at Cold Chain Transportation. Many had already experienced the effects of the storms firsthand, including Brenda McNaughton, the driver who made the delivery. She had lost her home, vehicles and all her belongings in the tornadoes. The recipient of much support from local relief efforts, she leaped at the opportunity to give back to her community. "I appreciated the opportunity to make the delivery. I really wanted to do it," McNaughton says. "I was so grateful to everyone who helped me. It was my turn to give."
> Read the case study
Share your story of how your business helps disaster survivors. Send it to News@ALANaid.org.