Disaster & Emergency
In a world of uncertainty, be prepared for the unthinkable.
The effectiveness of each step of a disaster preparedness plan is dependent upon the successful execution of the others. Conducting exercises is a crucial component of an emergency response plan. Critical Path Solutions will show you how running drills and performing exercises improves your response to a disaster and keeps people and property safer.
Emergency Preparedness Planning
Your first step in creating and emergency response plan is to conduct a threat assessment. You must calculate the risks of potential disasters at your location, then devise a plan to respond to the emergency. This is advice we give to all our clients, but we always underscore the importance of following up these plans with exercises.
Exercises and Drills
Much like an instruction manual, it’s important for the writers and creators of a plan to conduct live exercises in which they go through the steps they have outlined. It’s at this time that mistakes are discovered and corrected.
For instance, if someone is following written instructions and carries them out incorrectly due to a misunderstanding over the way they were worded, this gives authors the opportunity to reword for a better chance of success.
If you are performing a fire evacuation drill, you may realize only at that time that you forgot that one of your employees was a wheelchair user. You will need a plan specifically for that person, which may involve relocating their office to the first floor.
Those who work in schools, health care facilities or government buildings often run active shooter training drills. These are extremely serious and the emergency response plan must be followed exactly as it is written. You may discover at this time that some of the doors in your facility don’t lock reliably, or the locks are compromised when electrical power is out.
How to Improve Your Emergency Response
These are all examples of issues you would not have discovered had you not run drills and performed practice exercises. Careful notes should be made during drills and exercises to address and correct the problems that have been discovered. Someone should be named as the person responsible for seeing to it that the changes are made and that the problem does not arise again during the next drill.
But we want to remind you that once you work out all the issues with your emergency response plan and your drills and practices proceed smoothly, it is not time to rest or relax. We want you to feel safe and secure that your disaster preparedness plan is effective and strong, but it’s still important to revisit the plan and run regular exercises in case changes have occurred.
You won’t know if a stairway exit is impassable, a fire extinguisher is missing or a door lock is broken unless you conduct regular drills and checks. Put them on your calendar and make them part of your workplace routine.
Critical Path Solutions can help you develop an effective emergency response plan based on your threat analysis, and we can help you conduct trainings, drills and exercises to help ensure your team is ready for anything that comes their way.