Staying Safe After a Hurricane or Severe Weather

Hurricane Harvey has recently slammed into the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane. Most people know to seek shelter during a hurricane or other severe weather, but unfortunately many people are killed or injured in the aftermath of a storm. Here are a few tips to stay safe after severe weather strikes your area:

  1. Be prepared. Staying safe after a storm starts with being prepared before it hits. Be sure to have an emergency kit with flashlights, bottled water, non perishable food, blankets, and a first aid kit. If anyone in your group has a chronic medical condition, be sure to have enough of their medication to last a few days.
  2. Be Alert. Pay attention to local news alerts: This can help you determine when it is safe to leave your shelter or home.
  3. Avoid driving if possible as many roadways may be flooded or blocked by debris.
  4. Beware of downed power lines. This may seem like common sense, but many people are killed or injured after storms by getting too close to a down power line.

Taking Breaks For Worker Wellbeing

Although there is no federal law requiring employers to offer breaks (these rules are decided at the state level), encouraging employees to take breaks has strong benefits such as:

  1. Increased productivity: Studies have shown that even a 5 minute break is enough to increase concentration. Breaks can also help prevent a worker from getting board which can also increase productivity.

2. Less injuries: A tired worker is more likely to get hurt while on the job. Allowing adequate               rest can help minimize workplace injuries.

3. Happier employees: Employees who receive regular breaks are more likely to be happier at             their job and are less likely to get burned out.