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Emergency Preparedness Month – Sept 7

Good morning everyone,

Continuing our Emergency Preparedness Month series:

You must find protection for you and your family when disaster strikes.  Deciding whether to evacuate or to shelter in place depends on many factors, including the hazard you are facing and whether your shelter will keep you safe.

Evacuation:  Local officials declare when a mandatory evacuation will occur.  Local officials may also advise, but not require, evacuations.

Sheltering:  The best protection in high winds, tornadoes, and many other events is to find shelter in an interior room away from windows, doors, and flood waters.

You should always follow the orders and advice of local government authorities and first responders.

Have a good day everyone,

Tina Arthur, CHMM
Environmental, Safety, Health, & Security Manager
Hager Companies

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Emergency Preparedness Month – Sept 3

2. Make a Plan

An emergency plan can help you reach loved ones when normal communication methods are not working or are inaccessible.  Most importantly, it may help you stay safe in a disaster and give you peace of mind.  Consider making plans for evacuation, communication, and to protect critical documents and your property.

1. Create a Family Emergency Communication Plan – Know how to contact and meet family members before, during, or after a disaster.  I have attached two sample plans. (See below) The first step is to collect all contact information from your family and add it to the communication plan.  You should set an out-of-town point of contact, which enables everyone in your family to share updates through that person if local communication is unavailable.  Be sure to have at least two forms of contact for that person.

Have a safe weekend everyone,

Tina Arthur, CHMM

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Emergency Preparedness Month – Sept 2

1. Know Your Risks:

We and our families face many different types of hazards.  It is important to learn the risks you face and ways to stay up-to-date with current conditions.  Taking action now may give you and your family the power to protect yourself and your property.  There are protective actions that you can take to protect your family and property before, during and after a disaster.  They include:

  • Have the skills to assess the situation quickly and to take effective action to protect yourself.
  • Get involved with preparedness training and volunteer programs.
  • Put together an emergency fund of cash and supplies
  • Decrease the potential impacts of hazards.
  • Prepare a family disaster plan and practice the plan.

During your planning don’t forget to consider the needs of children, the elderly, and those with disabilities.  Also, be sure to consider the transportation needs for you and your family, recognizing that a disaster may impact normal route and transportation methods.  Finally, you should also make sure to plan for your pets or other animals, which are frequently overlooked in disaster planning.

Many disasters happen with little or no warning.  You need to be ready with the appropriate skills and knowledge to act immediately-often before you have instructions from authorities.  After an event, it is important to first assess the situation before deciding to stay or change your location.

  1. Assess the Situation:  When something happens without warning, it is important to take a few seconds to figure out your most effect next steps.  This include identifying the type of event that occurred and whether there is immediate danger, such as damaged buildings or downed power lines.  The goal is to be safe and stay out of harm’s way!
  2. Decide to Stay or Change Locations:  The next step is to decide whether it is safe to stay in your current location.  In some situations, you should stay where you are, while in others the safest option is to change locations.

Tomorrow will learn how to make a plan.

**Note:  this information can be found on

Tina Arthur, CHMM
Environmental, Safety, Health, & Security Manager
Hager Companies

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Message From The President Aug-Sep 2021

Greetings To All: 

    I hope this letter finds you healthy, happy, and hopeful. We’ve had a busy summer and I don’t know about you all, but I’m glad it’s cooling off a bit and we’re back into yet another year of college football. I know that’s probably not received as good news for all, but I’m trusting it is for most – at least in our great state anyway. Let’s all work to develop and demonstrate that same level of excitement in the coming months for our great association as well. 

    Since my last letter, we’ve met in August with the Tuscaloosa Section for an outstanding presentation by Frank Wampol and an Executive Committee meeting to begin our annual planning and program coordination. We certainly have a lot going on as well as to look forward to in the coming months. 

   On the 17th, we’re excited to have Jeff Marksberry coming to speak to us in Birmingham. Please plan to attend in person if your schedule permits. Some of you may know Jeff already, he currently serves the TVTC as Executive Director. Please let me assure you that this will be a must-see presentation. Jeff’s topic will teach us a lot about incident/accident investigation and the preparation for litigation.  I am confident we’ll all leave with at least one new nugget of information.

   For those of you who know me, you know I’m all about our safety “today”. Tomorrow is gone and tomorrow will soon be the today that we need to focus upon.  So TODAY is where we need to place our attention and intentional acts of safety. Please find someone to assist today – sharing is caring. Our safety is our responsibility and linking ourselves with a great network of professionals like the ASSP will help us all become better.

   Have a great day, week, and remaining month. Let’s be safe on purpose and make our efforts at home and work intentionally safe. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 17th. Until then – call, text, or email me if I can ever be of assistance.

   Take care and please stay well. Thanks for reading. – Paul

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: 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 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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Message from the President July 2021

Good Morning, Good Afternoon, or Good Evening to all.

    I trust this brief letter finds everyone well; these are different times for sure. For anyone who may not know me, I am Paul Thurber, and I will be serving as President for the next couple years. Thanks to everyone for the vote of confidence and in advance for their participation, input, feedback, and support. Like the continuous improvement model has demonstrated, we will need communication, execution, and feedback in order to excel. My commitment to this Chapter will be to communicate often in hopes to rebuild our exciting and effective pre-covid program. I would be remiss if I didn’t take a minute to offer words of genuine gratitude to our previous President and to the Officers for a job well done. There certainly was not a pandemic preparedness plan waiting for us at the start of 2019 to lead us through all the globally changing parameters.  With that said, a big THANKS to Matt, Tom, Allyn, and Kurt, just to name a few. Because of your efforts, our Chapter is in an excellent position for growth and prosperity.

   Today is a new day and we have an amazing association in the ASSP that is in existance to support its members. We have countless opportunities to network, learn, improve, engage, and fellowship in our future.  In fact, as Timbuk 3 has said, “our future’s so bright, we’ve gotta wear shades”.

   Remember, our association with the ASSP is a little like church. We get out of it in proportion to what we put in. My challenge to us (me included) is to be faithful, committed, engaged, supportive, and most of all – in attendance for the upcoming year(s). Virtual meetings have been good in sustaining our effort; however, the previous mentioned growth comes from our live synergies.

   Have a great day, week, and remaining month. Lets be safe on purpose and make our efforts at home and work intentionally safe.

   Take care and please stay well. We’re in this together; thanks for reading. – Paul

Message from the President – November 2020

Times of Need

I’ve pretty much concluded there’s not much more one can say about how awful 2020 is that hasn’t been already been said/shouted/meme’d a billion times over.  Every idea I come up with about the new norm sounds clichéd at this point – including basic overuse of the term “new norm”, like I just did there.  Sorry about that.  This is the season for giving thanks, though, so there’s no better occasion than now to take inventory of those things we do still have going for us.  Our family and friends become ever more important to us in tough times.  And we to them.  However awful things have been, we still have those gifts for which to be thankful.  Consider, too, all the people we don’t really even know at all who could use more love and support in their times of need.  As safety advocates, our world is built around a professed mission of caring about the welfare of others.  In addition to our knowledge and skills, our values stand front and center.  It is the great gift we have to offer people at work, at home, within our sphere – and outside of it – and it’s never been more needed than now.  I hope that the fellowship of ASSP is part of your support system, as well.  Please join us for our November 20th Zoom Chapter meeting where we’ll feature a presentation on Human Performance by Stephanie Swindle (Southern Company).  We’re really looking forward to her message and we’ll have an invite coming your way soon.  Also, if you have shares for our meeting that I may add to the agenda for that day, please let me know.

Thank you for your gifts – to me and to so many others,

Matt Hollub, President

ASSP Alabama Chapter

Message from the President – September 2020

Greetings ASSP Colleagues,

I hope this message finds you and yours doing well. I continue to look forward to the time when we may meet as an ASSP family, together as one, and in-person. Having said that, our online ASSP Chapter meetings got off to a very fine start last month. OSHA’s new Compliance Assistance Specialist, Francisco Garcia, visited with us during Safe & Sound Week to talk safety programs and give us an OSHA update. He’s a great guy and I think he’s going to be a welcome resource for Alabama companies. In these times, I think our businesses need all the help we can give them. For us, the ASSP family, we are challenged to be just that much better at what we do and how we serve the safety needs of others. We’re all stressed and strained to the max which, unfortunately, presents greater risks for serious injuries and illnesses.

This month, we will get back to holding our ASSP Chapter meetings on our normal meeting days – the third Friday of each month. On September 18th, please join us for an online (Zoom) ASSP Chapter meeting on the topic of fall protection, in observation of OSHA’s Fall Protection emphasis week. You should all be receiving an invitation to the meeting soon and I hope you’ll be able to attend.

Take care out there – of yourself and of others!

Warmest regards,

Matt Hollub
ASSP Alabama Chapter President