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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR BUSINESS
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September is National Emergency Preparedness month and October 18 is the Great California Shakeout for earthquake awareness. But of course, that's not the only reason many of us are thinking about emergencies right now. We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of the October 2017 wildfires, having watched neighboring counties get hit hard by fires this summer. We're seeing a powerful start to hurricane season in the Southeast. And even as we keep our fingers crossed for rain we know that a super storm could lead to floods in Petaluma and across Sonoma County.

The silver lining in this bad news is that each of us can do something (actually many things) both to prevent injury and damage during an emergency and to rebound quickly after an emergency. The articles and resources listed in this newsletter are a good place to start.
GET-READY TIPS FOR BUSINESS
If the idea of preparing an emergency plan is daunting, take a deep breath--then read about Emergency Preparedness Steps you can take that require very little time and money. Jeff Schach, Petaluma's Assistant Fire Chief, shares his wisdom based on experience managing the City's Emergency Preparedness efforts. 
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS WITH INSURANCE
For every business owner who sees insurance as an unavoidable and unpleasant expense, there's an insurance agent with stories about businesses that survived an emergency--or went under--based on the amount of coverage they had. In fact, r oughly 40-60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster. We sat down with Petaluma State Farm Insurance agent Kendra Cochran to understand the role insurance plays as part of a business's overall risk control and emergency preparedness strategy. Read more here.
LIST OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
Below is a list of free resources to help your business and your employees prepare for emergencies. 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): 
Ready.gov website for individuals and businesses
Emergency preparedness infographic

Earthquake Preparedness

Sonoma County Emergency Management Division

City of Petaluma
Nixle: Police and Fire Department Alert System
LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE: CITY AND COUNTY
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Learn about the City's emergency management structure, how the City interacts with the County during an emergency, and the steps it's taking to train City staff to respond in an emergency. Read more here
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