At its most basic level, an emergency plan of action is made up of a minimal all-encompassing set of procedures covering everything around safety and wellbeing, that could be beneficial to not only your staff, but your business as a whole.
Why Have One?
Unfortunately, emergency action plans tend to often be put on the backburner and not given the entire consideration or priority they should despite, data clearly pointing towards the upkeeping and implementing of an emergency action plan leading your company to being more organized in the event of a crisis; Making dealing with workplace crisis such as power outages, weather ailments, pandemics and so on easier.
Furthermore, having a clear set of measures in place will reduce the chances of a failed evacuation or employee injury in the likelihood of a catastrophe. Ultimately, a successful action plan relies on determining key factors of concern while provide a minimal set of command or guidelines.
At its Baseline Emergency Action Plans Must Include:
- Measures for broadcasting different styles of emergencies, not just
- Evacuation guidelines that include clearly outlined safety routes and exits
- Employees in charge of structuring evacuation while, managing the critical parts that need to be done prior, during and after an emergency
- A system to count all members of the organization before and after evacuation
- Guidelines for employees fulfilling or necessitating medical attention
- The contact of all members of staff
- An easy way to reach critical members of the company playing a significant role in your emergency plan of action
Put your Emergency Plan of Action through it’s Paces
Ensuring your emergency plan of action is robust, makes up the last piece of devising an effective plan. Thoroughly testing it out for flaws and inconsistencies regularly is thus a necessity as this is the only way to update and spot any points you may have missed in your strategy.
What resources do you dispose of?
Clearly, preparedness plays a key role in the handling of emergencies. ATI systems for example offers a multitude of systems designed to warn and inform staff of incoming danger as well as, facilitate communication when experiencing an emergency. It should be pointed out that investing in such systems can be the difference between life and death for many.
How is staff performing during practice drills?
Obviously, drills will help your company be ready in the case of a real emergency. Regular practice will contribute to lowering your staff’s anxiety thus ready to handle the situation if ever present with it.
How weak is your weakest link?
Your organization as a whole is only as strong as it’s weakest link, this is why you want to make sure all members of staff understand what to do or, who to turn to. Clear communication is imperative. This will also help to communicate improvements and address areas of concern.