Disaster

Disaster Resources for Florida United Ways

In addition to the important DISASTER LINKS below, United Way of Florida has compiled a small library of DISASTER PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE RESOURCES, as well as a DISASTER RESOURCES TOOL KIT for Florida United Ways.  Feel free to adapt these examples to your organization’s disaster-related practices and preparedness plans.

Also remember that you can use the United Way staff toll-free check-in number to connect with your staff and board members during a local disaster: 1-877-UWA-LINK (892-5465).  After a disaster, this toll-free number should be called to report your location and status and to receive any messages and updates about your colleagues and your United Way.

 

Disaster Links

  • United Way Worldwide Crisis Readiness & Resiliency (Requires UWW online log-in) -- a listing of United Way Worldwide Crisis resources & tools that can assist your staff and communities to become more ready, and also move your United Way towards disaster resiliency, such as the Crisis, Response & Recovery Guide, a CEO checklist, and a how-to Guide for establishing a disaster fund, to name a few.

 

United Way Disaster Preparedness & Response Resources:

 

Disaster Resources Tool Kit

Acknowledgements:  Comprehensive Emergency Management Associates, LLC (CEMA), created the document upon which the four components below are derived, through a contract with the Michigan Association of United Ways.

 

This guide has four components:

1.  Personal Preparedness Plan.  Before we can think about preparedness at any other level, we must ensure that each of us individually as well as our family is prepared for an emergency.

 

2.  Emergency Action Checklist.  Once at work, we must ensure that we have a viable office emergency plan to protect all staff and visitors in the event of a crisis.  A completed copy of this checklist should be readily accessible at a primary entrance/exit to the facility. 

 

3.  Business Continuity Plan.  The first two planning components are about taking care of people.  With those plans in place the next challenge becomes how to get your office back up and operating as quickly as possible, so that we can resume our role of assisting the community.  The activities related to this process are called Business Continuity Planning. 

 

4.  United Way and Community Crisis Response.  Once you have taken care of yourself, your family, and your people, and your office is back up and operating, United Way can now plan a role in the recovery phase of the crisis.  This component will help you prepare your United Way to serve as a major resource in assisting your community in its recovery efforts.  The particular role you will plan will depend upon what your United Way, and your community determines is necessary.

  • Sample volunteer reception center plans:

 

 

 

 

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