How to Implement an Effective Preparedness Program
Originally posted August 29, 2013 by Chris Kilbourne on http://safetydailyadvisor.blr.com
Yesterday, we talked about managing a workplace emergency response program. Today, we focus on implementation.
Ready.gov says that implementation of a workplace preparedness program includes:
● Assessing risks
● Identifying and assessing resources
● Writing plans
● Developing a system to manage incidents
● Training employees so they can execute plans.
In particular, Ready.gov recommends taking action on the following issues:
● Resource management.
● Resource management.Resources needed for responding to emergencies, continuing business operations and communicating during and after an incident should be identified and assessed.
● Emergency response plan.
● Emergency response plan.Plans to protect people, property and the environment should be developed. Plans should include evacuation, sheltering in place and lockdown as well as plans for other types of threats identified during the risk assessment.
● Crisis communications plan.
● Crisis communications plan.A plan should be established to communicate with employees, customers, the news media and stakeholders.
● Business continuity plan.
● Business continuity plan.A business continuity plan that includes recovery strategies to overcome the disruption of business should be developed.
● Information technology plan.
● Information technology plan.A plan to recover computer hardware, connectivity and electronic data to support critical business processes should be developed.
● Employee assistance and support.
● Employee assistance and support.The business preparedness plan should encourage employees and their families to develop family preparedness plans. Plans should also be developed to support the needs of employees following an incident.
● Incident management.
● Incident management.An incident management system is needed to define responsibilities and coordinate activities before, during, and after an incident.
● Training.Employees with a defined role in the preparedness program must be trained to carry out their assigned tasks safely and effectively. All employees should be trained so they can take appropriate protective actions during an emergency.