An understanding of what can happen will enable you to determine resource requirements and to develop plans and procedures to prepare your business.The emergency plan should be consistent with your performance objectives.If a transportation accident on a nearby highway results in the release of a chemical cloud, the fire department may warn to “shelter-in-place.” To protect employees from an act of violence, “lockdown” should be broadcast and everyone should hide or barricade themselves from the perpetrator.
A plan should be established and resources should be on hand, or quickly, available to prepare a facility.
The plan should also include a process for damage assessment, salvage, protection of undamaged property and cleanup following an incident.
Containment of a small chemical spill and supervision of building utilities and systems can minimize damage to a building and help prevent environmental damage.
Some severe weather events can be forecast hours before they arrive, providing valuable time to protect a facility.
These actions to minimize further damage and business disruption are examples of property conservation.
Guidance for the development of an emergency response plan can be found in this step.
Assign a “buddy” or aide to assist persons with disabilities during an emergency.
Contact the fire department to develop a plan to evacuate persons with disabilities.
Sound the evacuation signal during planned drills so employees are familiar with the sound.
Make sure that there are sufficient exits available at all times.