Emergency
Preparedness

In a world of uncertainty, be prepared for the unthinkable.

Emergency preparedness is crucial for protecting the lives of your employees, students, clients, or anyone in your building. Threats can come from anywhere, and in order to save lives, you must be ready. Critical Path Solutions can help your business, school, government agency, organization, or any other group by conducting a threat assessment and customizing your own emergency response plan.

Evacuation Preparedness

Many times, the best way to save lives is by evacuating. This is especially true in the instance of strong storms, wildfires, volcanoes and nuclear accidents. Evacuation preparedness involves planning for a quick, smooth evacuation of your building, facility, town, city or area. Evacuation routes should be mapped out ahead of time and they should be made known to anyone expected to follow them.

Emergency Response Planning

The process of emergency response planning starts with a threat assessment and is followed by a detailed list of objectives your business, agency, group or organization considers paramount. The final step is creating an emergency response plan to achieve these objectives.

Mitigation

In order to mitigate damage from a threat, you must identify exactly what you want to protect and make an emergency plan for how this will be done.

Succession Planning

Preparedness

Once you have your emergency plan, you must teach it to your staff and practice it regularly. Everyone must understand their role in mitigating disastrous consequences. It’s important to drill your staff on such steps as evacuation, sheltering in place, and lockdown.

Depending on the results of your threat assessment, you may want some staff members to attend active shooter training, disaster preparedness training, or other types of emergency training.

Disasters come infrequently, but when they do, you must be ready for them. That’s why it’s important to regularly practice and drill with your staff, and make updates to the emergency plan whenever anything changes at your facility. Never let your guard down.

Response

Response covers not only how you react to the threat itself — which depends on preparation — but also how you behave directly after the threat has been removed. Police, firefighters and ambulances may be called to the scene — have you named a point person to help emergency personnel triage the injured? And a backup person, in case that person becomes incapacitated?

Recovery

After every disaster or emergency, leaders look to the recovery stage. In some instances, such as with tornadoes or bombs, the only recovery possible is rebuilding. Other times repairs can be made and extra help called in to keep a business running or get it started again.

Depending on the type of emergency your business or residential building suffered, you may be eligible for federal, state, or local funds. Appoint someone ahead of time to spearhead the process for applying for these funds. Make sure they have familiarized themselves with how it’s done so they can begin immediately.