Be Ready Texas

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Taking steps for emergency preparedness in your business can help mitigate the impact of a disaster. The Be Ready Texas podcast, hosted by Pete Thomson, features experts discussing timely topics and sharing what you can do to make your business stronger. Explore and find more resources to take action on each topic below.

You can also listen and subscribe to Be Ready Texas on Radio.com, iTunes, Stitcher or where you listen to podcasts. Learn more about the episodes below and watch for more episodes to be released in the coming weeks.

Episode 1: Why disaster preparedness is important

Gain insight into why emergency preparedness is so important and what proactive steps business owners can take before a disaster happens, featuring guests from Texas Mutual, Community Affairs Manager Jackie Sekiguchi and Senior Safety Consultant Noah Salazar.

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Episode 2: Protecting your people and profits during the COVID-19 pandemic

Keeping your employees healthy is good for business, and the COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges. Get tips on return to work and minimizing the spread of disease from Rik Heller, an infectious disease expert and Patty Olinger, executive director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council.

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Episode 3: What business owners should know in response to COVID-19

Hear tips on communicating through a pandemic and how to keep your business operational. Stephen Love, president and CEO of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Hospital Council, shares how hospitals in DFW are addressing business continuity. Dr. Merlyn Sayers, CEO of Carter BloodCare, gives insight on how to respond during a disaster situation.

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Episode 4: How to not let a disaster sink your business

Rayome’ Soupiset, chief operating officer of Mueller Inc., shares how COVID-19 has impacted his business and offers advice for small business owners. Megan Levy, senior business continuity specialist for Texas Mutual, provides advice and practical tips for business owners on preparing and responding to a disaster situation.

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Episode 5: How to prepare for severe weather 

Learn how to prepare and recover when disaster strikes from expert Brooks Nelson, senior director of global resilience programming for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Also hear firsthand experience from Leigh Richardson, founder and clinical director of the Brain Performance Center, which was affected by the 2019 Dallas tornadoes.

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Episode 6: What to do after a disaster strikes

From navigating insurance, to offering employees support, learn what businesses need to know to recover and rebuild after a disaster. Listen to this episode to hear from Bridget Weston, CEO of the SCORE Association and David Scullin, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas.

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Workers’ compensation is the insurance that covers your employees if they are injured on the job, protecting your business. Over 70,000 business owners in Texas count on Texas Mutual for coverage 365 days a year. When you choose Texas Mutual, you’ll get access to thousands of free safety resources, sample programs and more.

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