10 Questions to Strengthen Your Emergency Response Plan
It’s Hurricane Season - which is not nearly as much fun as football, baseball and soccer seasons.
Here in Florida, it kicks off by driving to a local hardware store to spend lots of money on really boring purchases like batteries, bottled water, hardboard, nails and flashlights.
You think about finally investing in a generator, but they cost a fortune and you probably will not even need it, right?
Emergency Response planning is sort of the same as that generator.
Its takes time and money to build a plan that will be effective.
But this is not just about whether you can cool the air and watch television in your house.
It’s about your highest priority as a leader - the safety and security of your team members.
This is a good moment to review your emergency response plan and make sure you are ready should the worst happen.
One great resource for what should be in a plan is here.
To help, here’s ten questions which you should be able to answer ‘yes’ if your plan is in great shape:
- Have you undertaken a risk assessment to identify ALL potential threats? Y/N
- Have you created infrastructure such as an emergency response center and sources of supplies that will be needed in a crisis? Y/N
- Do you identify steps to prepare employees and strengthen your defenses in the days/weeks ahead of an impending threat such as extreme weather? Y/N
- Does EVERY facility in your network have an evacuation plan? Y/N
- Is there clearly identified team leaders, and alternates, with access to up-to-date rosters to check on the well-being of all employees (and visitors)? Y/N
- Do staff go through regular training and drills? Y/N
- Do visitors, contractors, temporary workers etc. get information on the response plan when they are on site? Y/N
- Do you have information systems in place to efficiently monitor and update all employees (on-site and remote) on the progress of a threats such as extreme weather? Y/N
- Is there an up to date list of contact details of all the local emergency services, doctors, hospitals etc. for EVERY facility? Y/N
- Are you using In Case of Crisis for ease of access to plan materials and the ability to check in with employees during a crisis? Y/N