Hello and Happy October:

    As always, I hope this letter finds you healthy and happy. We have an awesome month in front of us with our normally scheduled meeting next Friday (10/15/21) and then our first PDC of this administration. For those of you that don’t know, Our PDC is scheduled for October 22nd at the AGC building (just like our meetings). The attendance is limited to 20 attendees so please get signed up at your first convenience. The PDC will be both a certification course as well as a refresher. You won’t need to test and certify unless you choose that course. The link, with all the associated details to this course is here. I hope to see you there.

   We sure hated to lose the Alabama Governor’s Conference this year, but the weather just couldn’t be trusted, and the decision was made for safety’s sake and we certainly can’t argue with that. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m looking forward to next year’s conference already.

   On the 15th, we have Justin Shephard coming to speak to us on the topic of, “Post Offer Physical Abilities Testing: Clearing up the Confusion”.  Justin is the VP of Operations for ErgoScience and is a licensed physical therapist. He was scheduled to present this topic at the Governor’s Conference so it should still be hot off the presses. I’ve asked Justin to leave plenty of time for questions, because I’m sure we’ve all had or heard about that “one person or situation” that he might be able to assist us with. Remember, we’re all looking for those bits of information we can use to make us better professionals.

   As for my two cents this month, you know me… Let’s find someone in need and share ourselves with them. Our knowledge, assistance, patience, or perhaps even time. We’re given so much to share, and it would be nearly criminal to hoard it.

   Have a great day, week, and remaining month. Let’s make safety intentional and help others understand the “WHY”.  Until our next – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance.

   Take care and please stay well. Thanks for reading. – Paul Paul Thurber
President – ASSP Alabama Chapter

Emergency Preparedness Month – Sept 1

September is Emergency Preparedness Month!

Tina Arthur of of Hager Companies reminds us of Emergency Preparedness Month. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”  Throughout this month she is sending out information to assist you in preparing for disasters.  There is a lot of information that may seem overwhelming, but it is very important and will assist you in protecting yourself, your family, and your property.  It also includes several forms to help you in the planning process.  This information is meant to be thought provoking to better prepare you and your family.  Read it, think about it, then do it!

Not if, but when: Every U.S. state and territory is at risk of disasters.

Disasters disrupt thousands of lives every year, leaving behind lasting effects on people and property.  After a disaster, many others in our communities need help as well.  Because of this, local first responders and other assistance may not be able to reach you right away.  You and your family can take simple steps now to prepare for emergencies. By doing so, you take back control – even in the uncertainty of disaster.

How to Prepare for Disasters

To prepare yourself and your family for a disaster, you should:

  1. Know Your Risks;
  2. Make a Plan; and
  3. Take Action.

Check out this video on being prepared:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGddWyoWkygTina has been sharing additional information on preparing for disasters and will be during the whole month. If you would like to receive her daily message, send a request to her at tarthur@hagerco.com. Let her know if you are in her section and she can keep you informed of other important information in the future. For all others, this will be a temporary program.
Thanks Tina.

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