Be Prepared, Not Scared
Facilities face many hazards whether it be from office equipment or large chemical spills. There are financial risks, workplace hazards,
health hazards, and many more that can put your facility in a state of emergency. Companies work to lower these risks, but one helpful tool that is sometimes overlooked is an emergency response and preparedness plan. September is National Preparedness Month and is dedicated to helping people and businesses prepare for when disaster strikes.
The most vital part of emergency preparedness is having an thought out and up-to-date plan. An emergency preparedness plan should consist of:
All possible emergencies, consequences, required actions, written procedures, and the resources available.
Detailed lists of emergency response personnel including their cell phone numbers, alternate contact details, and their duties and responsibilities.
Large scale maps showing evacuation routes and service conduits (such as gas and water lines).
Your facility's success to combat an emergency will also greatly depend on your employees. Whether you are a business manager or safety professional you may be tasked with training employees to act in emergency situations. Here are some tools for guiding emergency preparedness training in your facility:
Create a dedicated host committee
Form a strong support system with local and state associations
Have a centrally located meeting spot for ease of attendance.
Create a discussion friendly room layout.
Invite participation from local first-responders.
Invite knowledgeable disaster preparedness experts.
Practice scenario-based responses.
Broad-cast business and organization participation.
Always strive for a proactive approach when it comes to emergency preparedness. If you need any assistance creating your facility's emergency response plan, STEP would be happy to help. Contact us at (207) 753-6529 to become a partner in safety today!