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My name's Barry Reitman. I'm the author of "Secrets, Tips, and Tricks of a Powerful Memory" and I'd like to discuss a common problem -- remembering to take something with you in the morning on the way to work or on the way to school. I think we've all had that where we get halfway there or we get to work or we got to school, "Oh, my goodness, I forgot something."
Let's have an idea of how to do it. I'm going to give this to you in two steps because it can be fun. The first thing is the front door of your home probably is constructed of steel. Sneak over to the kitchen and take a couple of those silly magnets that you have on the refrigerator and put them on your front door. Normally keep them where the hinge is, so that when the door swings or slams too hard, it won't get the full effect and so they won't fall down.
But tonight when you're working on the Smithers contract for work and you must remember to take that with you in the morning, take a piece of paper and write "Smithers" and put it under the magnet. Now move that magnet over to the doorknob side. You can't miss it. That's one way.
But after you do that a couple of times, here's the fun way. Don't write it down. Instead take that magnet, put it over to the doorknob side, and see it being blown to smithereens by a piece of dynamite. Smithereens. Oh, yeah, the Smithers contract. And if you see that magnet having been moved from the hinge side to the doorknob side, you know you have to remember something. What do you have to remember? The thing that's in your picture. That magnet being blown to smithereens. And, yes, you can even take it the next step and just every night think about what you have to take in the morning and associate it to the doorknob. If you don't happen to like Mr. Smithers, whose contract you're working on, rip the doorknob off and bonk him in the head.
That's how you can remember every single morning to take what you have to take.
Owned buildings at another site may be used as alternate workspace if a building cannot be occupied. This depends upon the location of the building and whether the building would be affected by the same hazard that prevented use of the primary building. The alternate facility may be a viable business recovery strategy if the building can be configured with the required equipment or existing equipment can be configured to need business requirements.
Systems and Equipment.
Evaluate these systems to determine whether they meet the needs of the program. Identify and plan to overcome emergency communication system limitations such as weak radio or cellular service or areas where a warning system cannot be heard. Upgrading this critically important system may be required. Verify that these systems are in reliable working condition.
If fuel, battery backup power or batteries are required, make sure the system can run for the required time and chargers are available. Document how to operate these systems and mark the locations of controls. Make sure the information is available during an emergency. Many of these systems also require periodic inspection, testing and maintenance in accordance with national codes and standards. Train staff so a knowledgeable person is able to operate systems and equipment.
Materials and Supplies.
Be sure to compile a list of available resources using the Emergency Response Resource Requirements and Business Continuity Resource Requirements worksheets as a guide.
Preparing for an emergency, responding to an emergency, executing business recovery strategies and other activities require resources that come from outside the business. If there were a fire in the building, you would call the fire department. Contractors and vendors may be needed to prepare a facility for a forecast storm or to help repair and restore a building, systems or equipment following an incident.
The following external resources should be identified within plan documents. Include contact information to reach them during an emergency and any additional instructions within the preparedness plan.
Public Emergency Services.
Contractors and Vendors.