Creating A Culture of Preparedness

Among the many things we have learned in our region from Hurricane Matthew and the record flooding that followed in 2016 is just how important it is for all of us to be proactively engaged in the development of a culture of preparedness — at home, work, church, school and in the community. Listed below are various tools and resources that can help! [ Click here to Learn More! ]

Sign up for Alerts & Updates

If you are a resident of Robeson County and have not already done so, sign up for Robeson County’s CodeRed Emergency Notification System. Also visit to download their mobile app and to get more information!

Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

NC DHHS Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing works to ensure that all Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind North Carolinians have the ability to communicate their needs and to receive information easily and effectively in all aspects of their lives, especially their health and well-being.

Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

DSDHH Emergency Preparedness Videos

Your Rights

DSDHH Fact sheets & Brochures

Ready. gov |Make a Plan

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. [ Learn More! ]

Individuals with Disabilities


Military Families

Ready Indian Country

Ready Responders

Ready Campus

Get Tech Ready

Financial Preparedness

Pets and Animals


Safety Skills


Plan for Locations

Additional Resources

Ready Rating: A FREE Service from the American Red Cross | Ready Rating is a program that helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access to one-of-a-kind tools, resources and information for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property. Whether you are taking your first steps or have a fully-functioning emergency management program, the Ready Rating program can help you achieve a higher level of preparedness.

Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan

“This document outlines three steps to take to create your Family Emergency Communication Plan: collect contact information for your family and other important contacts; make sure everyone carries a copy of this information with them; and have regular household meetings to review and practice your plan. This document also includes fillable wallet-sized cards—simply type in your information for your family and other important contacts and then print them.”

“This Playbook contains a conversation guide to help you lead a discussion and a tabletop exercise scenario to help you test your capability to respond to a simulated hurricane.”

“This Organizational Tabletop Exercises PowerPoint deck includes sample tabletop exercises for the following six hazards: earthquakes, winter storms, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes.”

Business Resources

When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A business continuity plan to continue business is essential. | Business Continuity Webpage

Business Quadfold Brochure

This download is a two-sided, four-color quad-fold document

"Prepare For Emergencies Now; Information for Businesses" (PDF)

Ready Business Poster

A full color poster with a brief description pertaining to business preparedness

Ready Business Poster (PDF)

Business Continuity Plan

A business continuity plan that includes recovery strategies to overcome the disruption of business should be developed.

Business Continuity Plan (PDF)

Business Impact Analysis Worksheet

A business impact analysis (BIA) predicts the consequences of disruption of a business function and process and gathers information needed to develop recovery strategies.

Business Impact Analysis Worksheet (PDF)

Continuity Resource Worksheet

Business continuity impact analysis identifies the effects resulting from disruption of business functions and processes. It also uses information to make decisions about recovery priorities and strategies.

Continuity Resource Worksheet (PDF)

Emergency Response Plan

Plans to protect people, property and the environment should be developed. Plans should include evacuation, sheltering in place and lockdown as well as plans for other types of threats identified during the risk assessment.

Emergency Response Plan (PDF)

Emergency Response Plan Resources

Resources are needed for all phases of preparing your business including prevention/deterrence, mitigation, emergency response, business continuity, crisis communications and disaster recovery.

Emergency Response Plan Resources (PDF)

Insurance Discussion Coverage Form

Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to a major financial loss if your business is damaged, or operations are interrupted for a period of time.

Insurance Discussion Coverage Form (PDF)

Program Coordinator Committee Worksheet

Key employees should be organized as a program committee that will assist in the development, implementation and maintenance of the preparedness program.

Program Coordinator Committee Worksheet (PDF)

Risk Assessment Table

Consider the different types of disasters that could impact your company and the likelihood that they might occur.

Risk Assessment Table (PDF)

Ready Business Mentoring Guide

Ready Business Mentoring Guide Mentor Edition (PDF)Ready Business Mentoring Guide User Edition (PDF)

Developing a Culture of Preparedness: Fire Prevention

Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season. As you stay cozy and warm this winter season, be fire smart!

For example, there are many disaster survivors that are still working diligently to recover. Some are living in homes that are on waiting lists to be repaired or rebuilt as a result of floodwater inundation and/or severe water damage from leaky roofs. Seek professional guidance to determine if water or moisture damage could have affected electrical wiring, utility boxes, outlets, duct work, heating air & cooling units, insulation, and more.

> 905 people die in winter home fires each year.

> $2,091,000,000 in property loss occurs from winter home fires.

> 67 percent of winter fires occur in one- and two-family homes.

> Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.

> 5 to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.

Source: National Fire Incident Reporting System 2009-2011

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Keep children safe from fire danger

• Children under the age of 4 are at a higher risk of home fire injury and death than older children.

•Most child deaths are in homes without working smoke alarms.

•Teach all children what the smoke alarm sounds like.

•Be aware that children may sleep through the sound of the smoke alarm

•Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves.

•You will need to wake babies and very young children and help them get out.

•Teach older children how to get outside if there is a fire.

•Keep children 3 feet away from anything that can get hot.

–Space heaters and stovetops can cause terrible burns.

•Lock up any items that can start a fire (matches, lighters, cigarettes, etc.).

•Make sure children cannot reach candles.

Did you know? Electrical malfunction is the

leading cause of home fires year after year

Did you know? Home fires occur more in the winter months than any other time of the year.

Take Action!

It is important to test your existing smoke detectors regularly - especially if you plan to heat your home or apartment this winter with space heaters or kerosene heaters. If you are a member of a low income family and do not have a smoke detector call our local Sandhills Chapter / Robeson County Branch at (910) 738-5057 and you may be eligible to receive one for free through the “Home Fire Campaign.” If you would like to become an American Red Cross volunteer in order to help develop a culture of preparedness in Robeson County call 910-738-5057.

Sesame Street Fire Safety Program preschool curriculum

The curriculum includes an educator’s guide for teachers, a CD of songs and stories, a family guide, a coloring and activity booklet, and a poster to help educators reach preschoolers with simple, memorable fire safety messages.

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