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September’s a busy month for the staff at Fors Marsh Group (FMG)—whether it’s helping our federal clients wrap up activities at the end of the fiscal year, putting our data scientists’ expertise to the test to line up the best fantasy football team, or getting our families back into the school-year swing of things, we’re always on the go.  Amidst all of the hustle and bustle, though, FMG has taken the time this year to mark National Preparedness Month, an initiative led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to promote individual, family and community preparedness through disaster planning.

Through our work with FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FMG is helping reach Americans every day with customized preparedness messages, trainings and resources, working with local first responders and state partners to share best practices and build capacity, because as the old adage goes, all disasters start and end locally. We know, though, that just like we hear on an airplane, you have to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping those around you. That’s why FMG has marked National Preparedness Month by helping to ensure that our staff around the country are ready for whatever might come their way. Here are three ways we provide preparedness support to our employees:

Conduct Onsite Training for Employees

As part of our ongoing lunch-and-learn series for staff, we hosted a household preparedness workshop. Our preparedness program manager shared FEMA’s best practices, teaching us how to identify risks and hazards in our area, get signed up for local alert systems, make a communications plan and have the right supplies for all members of our families, including spouses, kids, parents, roommates, and even our beloved four legged friends. is a great place to start if you’re looking to organize a preparedness training for your company or family. The site comes fully equipped with resources, handouts and messaging to guide your discussion.

Update Your Company’s Preparedness Plans and Resources

Emergency plans need to be living, breathing documents that are updated as companies grow and change. With three office locations in Northern Virginia, one office in Ohio, and staff on client sites every day of the week, we know that one of the things our plan needs to incorporate is a quick way to get in touch with all FMGers around the country. Our administration team has set up an emergency alert system to go along with updated facility-level emergency plans and training for operations staff. By doing this, we’re practicing what we preach.

Support Employees’ Passions to Be a Citizen Responder

FMG is proud to support our staff who are volunteering through their local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to be a citizen responder should there be a disaster here in Arlington. Through offering our staff paid time off to get trained, we’re able to support our staff as they make a difference in their community.  That’s in line with FMG’s commitment as a certified B Corporation, and represents the effort it takes to improve community resilience

These are the small steps we’re taking, and our team of emergency preparedness experts keep us accountable and compliant. FMG is proud to be marking National Preparedness Month this September, helping to ensure that our staff are Prepared, Not Scared.

Share how your company is prioritizing emergency preparedness by joining the conversation.  Sharing best practices helps us all be better prepared. If you’re in need of ways to engage your workforce around disaster preparedness, reach out to our emergency preparedness experts. Whether it’s tornadoes, blizzards, flash flooding or some other event, make sure that you’re doing your part to prepare your staff, your company and your community.


About the author

Erin Lauer

Erin Lauer

Erin Lauer serve as FMG's lead for emergency preparedness programming, managing our team of emergency management professionals. Erin has a wide range of expertise across program management, training, partnership, communications, knowledge management and outreach. She’s worked with local, state and federal governments to develop and implement preparedness programming, and has extensive experience working with non-profits, early childhood centers, community-based organizations and private sector partners to strengthen individual, institutional and community preparedness.

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