Some natural disasters give a small window to prepare, while others come without warning. So what can you do to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe from natural disasters?
The initial step to prepare for a disaster is to have a plan. Whether at home, work, or school, you should always know your role and responsibilities in the case of an emergency situation. So take a minute to think about where you are right now and who you are with.
No, really – take a second.
If an unexpected natural disaster – like an earthquake— occurred right now, would you know what to do to keep yourself and those around you safe? If you were warned that a tornado was coming, how would you respond?
According to the Department of Homeland Security, being prepared for natural disasters – both seasonal and unexpected – requires adequate prevention, protection, and mitigation measures.
Prevention: The ability to avoid or stop an imminent disaster. Example: As part of our new-hire orientation, all PLH Group employees are trained on safe work conditions. If conditions are not suitable for safe work, tasks are halted until the jobsite is once again safe for activity.
Protection: The ability to secure and protect against a disaster. Example: PLH Group business units, like TTR Substations, construct civil and electrical substations with security and protective equipment to combat harsh weather and environmental conditions.
PLH Group storm response teams aid natural disaster sites across the country. The company and its business units have collaboratively sent thousands of employees to disasters across the United States over the past decade. Response teams are specifically trained to provide restoration services, which include substation repair, power restoration, and debris clearing, clean up, and removal.
“As an organization known for its timely response to disaster relief situations, it is our responsibility to keep our employees safe so they can keep our nation’s communities safe,” said PLH Group Vice President of Safety, Health, and Environmental Elsie Bentley. “Our employees are not only specifically trained on emergency response, but are always looking out for the safety of one another. That’s just part of our safety culture. It’s who we are.”
Natural disasters can cause physical and emotional hardship. No one is exempt from a disaster, and no one knows exactly when one may hit. So don’t put it off. Prepare yourself now to minimize impacts from natural disasters on your family, organization, and community.
Edison Power teams restored electricity to California communities impacted by the Carr Fire.