Tips for Emergency Preparedness

Follow these tips to get the most out of your emergency preparedness action plan.

Communication is Key

Make sure to have a clear and concise communication strategy for facility occupants. This could be as simple as an email list or regular newsletter. Through this channel, you can communicate any relevant warnings if an emergency situation presents itself. By taking this simple step, you ensure your facility’s staff and occupants have the vital information they need at the moment they need it. This will keep occupants safe and give you peace of mind. 

If you don’t already have one—and you should—make a detailed, thorough risk assessment and emergency scenario plan for all emergency situations that are relevant to your facility’s surroundings, climate, and industry-specific risks.

Some examples of what you may need to plan for:

  • Hurricane
  • Flood
  • Power Outage
  • Fire
  • Chemical Spill
  • Active Shooter
  • Serious equipment malfunction
  • Winter Storm
  • Tornado
  • Industrial accident

Make sure everyone in the facility is aware of and familiar with each of your emergency plans.

Prepare for the Worst

When an emergency arises, make sure you have a plan to evacuate all facility occupants. If this is not possible, make sure to have enough non-perishable foods, water bottles, and basic toiletries to keep everyone in your facility safe and healthy during an emergency that prevents them from leaving the building for an extended period.