The "H" Word

28-Jul-2014

By: Wren Lemmon, CSP, OHST

Hurricanes are among the most devastating natural disasters we face every year. The season begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th with statistics showing the peak to be around September 10th. There are several resources available that assist in planning for these unfortunate but common environmental hazards, and it is best to be prepared for the worst as these storm systems are truly unpredictable even after they reach landfall. Some of the most important questions to ask yourself prior to a storm heading in your direction are as follows:

  • Am I prepared to stay in place during a small storm?
  • Do I have a disaster plan for my family that would include many scenarios? During storms, the potential for fires are higher due to downed power lines and generator use.
  • If I have to evacuate, do I know the evacuation routes? How will I remain informed of road closures or when it is safe to return home?

These questions are just some of the items that need to be thought out prior to a storm entering the region. If you take the time to develop a plan around the worst-case scenario, you will have the best chance to improve your situation if these unfortunate circumstances take place. Statistics have shown in the past that people who are unprepared typically face the worst consequences during and after a storm. For those of us who work in the Gulf, we need to take extra precautions and make sure our loved ones know to prepare prior to and during our travel home from work locations. Check out the helpful links below for new smartphone apps and valuable information.

www.getagameplan.org/

Wren Lemmon, CSP, OHSTWren began his career at Danos in 2012 as a Safety Specialist in both the Production and Construction divisions. He currently serves as the Production Services Safety Manager. He holds a MS in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University as well as the Certified Safety Professional and Occupational Health and Safety Technologist credentials.  


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