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While maybe not an everyday occurrence, a corporate emergency can have a significant impact financially, or worse, compromise employee safety.
Emergency preparedness is an absolute must for corporations, no matter their industry or size. Be it an accident or act of violence, or something out human control, such as a malfunctioning machine, decision makers need to be able to respond quickly and efficiently.
Communication is an essential element of any emergency preparedness program, and plays a critical role at almost every level. Ready.gov, a government website aimed at ensuring safe workplaces around the country, breaks down the development of a program into five steps.
The first step is to commit to making a program in the first place. This requires putting people in charge and establishing definitive, but attainable goals for the program. Further, you should find the regulations that establish the minimum requirements of a program so that you have guidelines to build from.
The next step the government recommends is planning for the various kinds of emergencies that may arise. Each potential risk warrants a different response and plan of action, so consider the various actions that are unique to reach one. The best solution is always prevention, so once you've identified all the potential risks, think of the best solutions to avoiding them all together and make sure that these best practices are understood by everyone.
Your preparedness plan is only as successful as your employees' understanding of it. As a result, employees should be properly trained in all elements of the plan. On top of this, you need to have a sound communications and alert system in place. As people continue to turn to mobile devices as their preferred method of contact, it is paramount that your notification system be able to reflect these changing preferences. You should also have different responses specific to each crisis so that decision makers take meaningful action in the heat of the moment.
Testing and improvement
The final two steps involve testing your program and finding places to improve. This involves running preplanned and unannounced drills, to test the preparedness of your team. Its also important to know how to evaluate the effectiveness of this plan so that you look for ways to improve. By creating and implementing a review system, you can ensure that are as prepared as possible for a potential corporate emergency.
No organization wants to think about the day that an emergency might happen at their facilities, especially an active shooter crisis, but it is something that each organization must prepare. Not only is mass emergency preparation a legal obligation, but most would argue that it is a moral one. You want to keep your people informed and out of harm’s way. If there’s an emergency, people expect to be notified and provided the guidance to remain safe. There are many alerts that we have grown accustomed to receiving such as weather alerts, Amber or Silver Alerts, or even local emergency alerts. So, if there’s an active shooter emergency in the vicinity, people expect to be alerted in a similar fashion.
Severe weather can happen at any time. Depending on the season and your location, weather threats can range from thunderstorms and tornadic activity to hurricanes, Nor’easters, or even a wintry mix. Having emergency communication plans and an automated method of distributing said communications in place helps ensure you and the people you are responsible for are kept safe and informed during severe weather season - no matter which season.
Of all the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act college and university communities most frequently associate it with the timely warning. As an original part of the 1990 law timely warnings have fundamentally changed how students and employees learn about campus crime in a way that is now firmly enshrined in their cultures as it is what they most frequently see.