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Saint Louis Finds Many HR Professionals Lack Personal Disaster Plans

Thirty-five percent of human resources professionals lack a personal preparedness plan, which can impact an organization in face of a natural disaster or pandemic, finds Dr. Terri Rebmann, an associate professor at the Institute for Biosecurity at Saint Louis University and principal investigator of the study. The study, which was published in the Journal of Biosafety and Health Education, suggests 20 items or actions that should be adopted by a person in order to prepare for a disaster, including having at least three days' worth of food, water, and prescription medication stockpiled; designated safe location for him or herself and family to go in case of evacuation; and having back-up child care plans in case daycares or schools are closed.