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Emergency Planning

Our Prepare / Respond / Serve Program

Flooding, utility outages, the flu, an earthquake… oh my!  We all know having an emergency plan is a good thing. It helps an organization prepare for sudden staff or funding changes, hair-raising weather events, and everyday disruptions. But most nonprofits don't have a complete plan that covers all the "what-ifs."

What is standing in our way?  Usually, it is lack of time.

Prepare / Respond / Serve (PRS) removes that barrier by providing you with consultants that arrange an assessment and facilitate planning meetings, write an emergency plan, help you prepare a Go-Kit with critical emergency information and supplies, and get you to the finish line.  If needed, we can also create an emergency succession plan for your leadership.

Please click here, to view our informational flyer on the PRS assessment tool.

How It Works

PRS begins with an assessment that measures 46 aspects of emergency preparedness. After the assessment is completed, your consultant will use the PRS Guide, a comprehensive nonprofit version of the guide FEMA prepared for businesses, to walk you through the planning process. For most projects, consultants provide 50 - 80 hours of assistance - that's time that your staff members and volunteers will be able to spend working on programs instead of managing a planning process.

If you already have an emergency plan, test it by taking the assessment. If there are gaps, we can beef up your plan.

Benefits

Keep your organization, staff, and clients safe. Emergency plans are just as important as the insurance we buy to kick in when something bad happens. Recent disasters have demonstrated that nonprofits without a plan often have to close their doors because the emergency overwhelms the organization.

You can see the impact of planning below in the pre- and post-assessment scores of 16 organizations funded by United Way that completed the PRS program. Recently the program has also benefited 18 low income housing projects.

PRS Impact Chart

Contact jan@501commons.org to get started. When disaster strikes, you will be glad you took action!