Emergency plans provide your staff with the information needed to effectively respond when – not if – an incident occurs. The ability to assess a situation, and make immediate decisions, is crucial to quickly mitigate any emergency. Understanding the concepts behind the response can alleviate the stress that clouds judgment and causes the inability to respond.
Organization-wide operations plans establish a consistent approach, throughout your company, to ensure all your employees and locations follow consistent guidelines and policies that meet your overall intent. They are then supplemented by facility-specific response plans, customized by location, that provides staff with key emergency information, such as procedures and protocols, contact information, maps and floor plans, and utility information – when they need it most.
“Plans are nothing, planning is everything” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Developing emergency plans not only creates the opportunity to provide guidance and direction to your staff, but it can also reveal potential deficiencies in resources and training that can be remedied before an emergency occurs. Overall, emergency planning promotes a confident, proactive stance to preparedness that will positively affect your organization’s overall environment.
Procedures are not carved in stone. No single protocol can fit every situation and effective emergency plans are not written to mandate response actions. Murphy’s Law will dictate how an emergency unfolds and employees must be empowered to make decisions based on how the situation is directly affecting them.
Not having emergency plans in place can not only lead to an ineffective, chaotic response that results in unnecessary injuries, loss of resources, or worse – it can lead to legal issues for not preparing your organization. Either of which can close your doors.