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Boston Bombing Shows Continued Need for Preparedness for Businesses

Terrorist attacks will affect the country and people need to be prepared for this emergency. Complancency can be more of an enemy than a disastrous event itself.

Mt. Prospect, IL, April 18, 2013 --( Today Risk Reduction Education, Inc., Emergency Preparedness division, issued an early warning to business owners and key employees after the Boston bombing. Norris Beren, Executive Director, advises the urgent need to have a disaster plan in place after an event even if the event does not cause physical damage to a business. Local officials could keep employees and customers away while lengthy investigations take place.

For many, a terrorist attack is the most feared disaster because of the suddenness of the event and the significant potential for injury and death, However, complacency about preparedness can be more of an enemy than the event itself.

Officials announced late Monday that an area around the Boston crime scene would be closed for the near future. Many businesses were evacuated and/or locked down. Inspections for structural damage will have to be conducted.

Business owners need to have a plan in place to deal with employees who are going to have to return to work amid the memories of the event. When a disaster occurs, companies may not be able to continue operations because of lack of access, lack of communications when telephone lines are damaged, towers destroyed or other services are taken out by the explosions. Law firms, banks, accounting firms, retail businesses, restaurants and other businesses may be forced to be evacuated.

“This is a significant indicator of how even a localized event can have widespread impact on thousands of people and businesses,” says Norris Beren, director of the Emergency Preparedness division and author of the book "When Disaster Strikes Home!"

Beren added that “communications failures, trains not running, bridges that may have been closed, power outages (perhaps days or longer) and dozens of other unexpected results of the can be frightening realities and people get caught unprepared”.

While there was no warning about the Boston attack, it is necessary to be prepared for these occurrences. Whether it involves making a family or business disaster plan, gathering emergency supplies or even evacuating an area at risk, we must all embrace the need to be ready for emergencies, think about what to do if we are affected and take the necessary actions. This is the new reality.

Risk Reduction Education, Inc. has launched a national campaign to teach public service organizations, businesses and institutions how to communicate preparedness using this “you are your own first responder” approach and interested parties should contact the Institute for help.

Norris Beren is available for media, radio and TV interviews regarding both family and business emergency preparedness. In addition, he offers strategies and tips to help people be ready for expected and unexpected events.

For more information, contact EPI at 866-670-7400 or

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