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 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 helping you create an emergency response plan.
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.
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.
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 covers not only how you respond to the threat itself — which depends on preparation — but also how you respond directly after the threat has been removed. Police, fire fighters 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?
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.