Disaster Preparedness – Establishing an Emergency Response Plan

April 10, 2018 in Safety
Smart planning can help you keep your business running if disaster strikes.
According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses don’t open again after a major disaster.
We want to help you protect your business by having an emergency plan in place. 

1. Make A Plan

There are many helpful online resources to help you get your business prepared.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends creating an Emergency Response Plan so everyone on your team knows what to do in the event of an emergency. Click here for an Emergency Response Plan template.

This template will help you identify the goals and objectives for the emergency response plan, define what your emergency response team is expected to do during an emergency (e.g., evacuate employees and visitors, provide first aid, etc.), and identify any regulations covered by your plan (e.g., OSHA, fire code, etc.)

2. Spread Awareness

Make sure your whole team is familiar with the plan, knows their role, and the role of others. Everyone working together and supporting the plan is essential to its success. 

3. Keep Your Plan Updated

Make sure to revisit your plans frequently. Ensure that the tactics are up to date, all relevant safety hazards are addressed, and that new employees are included in and aware of the plans.

We hope this helps you keep your business safe.
Do you have an Emergency Response Plan in place at your business?