Individual and Family Preparedness
You may think there is little you can do to be prepared should a disaster or terrorist act occur. The fact is you can make a big difference for yourself and your family by taking a few simple precautions.
1. Learn About the Risks and Build Your Personal Preparedness Plan
The Internet is the best source of information to help with your planning efforts. The Department of Homeland Security operates Ready.gov. If you click on Ready America you will find helpful information on 1) building a kit of emergency supplies, 2) making a family plan and 3) learning more about threats ranging from biological and chemical attacks to explosions, nuclear blasts, radiation and natural disasters. Lockheed Martin has developed a list of Suggested Emergency Supplies that you may want to consider as you build your personal preparedness plan.
Once you have checked Ready.gov, visit www.pandemicflu.gov and click on individual planning where you can add to your personal readiness plans some helpful information that could apply to a flu pandemic or similar kinds of public health issues. This ranges from information on planning for an extended stay at home to limiting the spread of germs and preventing infection. Another good source is www.lockheedmartin.com/flu with general information on the virus as well as links to official sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.
2. Know Where to Get Information in an Emergency
Crisis Numbers: Most business units have contact numbers for emergencies and unusual conditions like bad weather. If you don’t know your local emergency number, contact your emergency operations or security team.
Corporate Information: If the local facility lines above are unable to operate—or if there is an event of national or corporate-wide significance, employees should look to www.lockheedmartin.com on the Internet for information on the corporation’s response. The corporation has also established a toll-free telephone line similar to that used during Katrina and other hurricanes in the past. This new Corporate disaster hotline is (866) LMC-CRISIS (866-562-2747). This would be used—as appropriate only in disaster situations—to provide employees with up-to-date information or link callers to other support systems such as the Lockheed Martin Employee Service Center.
Important! Update Your Information on LMPeople
One of the biggest problems during past hurricane relief efforts was finding employees and making sure they were OK. This was of critical importance in providing support and communicating instructions about work policy and schedules. Visit LMPeople at https://lmpeople.lmco.com on the Intranet or https://www.lmpeople.com on the Internet and update your personal information. You can enter home and cell numbers where the company might be able to reach you in an emergency. You can also enter an Internet email address that you could access if you are evacuated. In the “Emergency Contacts” area, you can enter additional phone numbers and addresses—beyond your spouse or immediate family member—to include other relatives or friends. In a major crisis, local contacts may not be reachable so please consider adding alternate contacts outside of your area, including both their landline and cell phone information.
Looking for additional information on how to prepare for a specific disaster or severe weather? CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response offers What You Should Know related to earthquakes, hurricanes, power outages, etc.
To help prepare for the possibility of public health emergencies, the American Red Cross and CDC have answered common questions and provided guidance on steps you can take now to protect you and your family. For guidance on these types of emergency supplies to set aside and advice on how to do it, visit the American Red Cross & CDC – Preparedness Today Web site.
FEMA offers a free Getting Ready for Disaster Preparedness DVD that guides viewers through important steps of disaster preparedness and brings into focus issues such as drafting a family disaster plan and stockpiling food and water, in addition to tips to help children cope with disasters and preparedness for special populations such as the elderly and people with disabilities.
Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness is FEMA’s most comprehensive source on individual, family and community preparedness. Are You Ready? is a free guide that provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness explaining how to get informed about local emergency plans, how to identify hazards that affect your local area, and how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan and disaster supplies kit. Other topics covered include evacuation, emergency public shelters, animals in disaster, and information specific to people with disabilities. Are You Ready? also provides in-depth information on specific hazards including what to do before, during and after each hazard type.