Key elements to a emergency preparedness plan

Disasters can take many forms and developing an emergency preparedness plan is crucial – here are six elements you should include within it.

Disasters can take many forms and the financial cost of rebuilding after a disaster can be overwhelming. If your business is prepared for emergencies, it’ll be in a better position to recover and continue operations should an emergency incident occur. Developing an emergency preparedness plan is crucial, and here are six elements you should include in it.

1) Risk assessment
The first step to prepare for the unknown is to narrow things down. Choose the 10 – 12 most likely emergencies you’ll have to deal with and then develop plans and protocols for an effective organization-wide response.

2) Protective actions
Each emergency has response measures that can save lives. Depending on the scenario, plan to implement an evacuation, shelter in place, or lockdown. Take steps to ensure your employees are trained and aware of each protective action.

3) Incident stabilisation
It is important to know who in your organization has the skills and training required to perform key functions in an emergency. Inventory the equipment and supplies you may need and procure what is missing in advance.

4) Predicted weather emergencies
Stay attuned to potential weather disasters that may come your way, with the goal of minimizing damage and limiting business disruption.

5) Review your insurance and contracts
As you plan for the most likely emergencies that will befall you, be sure you understand what coverages, protections and deductibles would be involved.

6) Financial considerations
In the worst case, emergencies can cost lives. But even in the best case, they will likely cost money. Be sure to have contingency funds available in reserve to mitigate damage and disruption.

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