The time to think of how to best prevent and respond to an emergency is not during the actual event. Preparation is key. Employee fire safety training and response – which should include a fire prevention plan and an emergency action plan – is a powerful defense against fire threats and can mean the difference between a localized fire and an uncontrolled blaze. (more…)
How would your business respond after an emergency? We commonly plan for how to respond DURING an emergency, but put little thought into how we should respond AFTER a crisis has occurred. Business continuity planning can help to minimize business loss, improve continuity of operations, and protect the reputation you have worked hard to establish in your community. If your business becomes disrupted by a power outage, tornado, flooding or other disaster, it can cost you significant revenue and lost customers. (more…)
“It sounded like a freight train.”
This is a common description from those who have experienced one of nature’s most violent phenomena: a tornado. Advances in research and technology have improved identification and measurement of critical elements of super cell storm systems, which makes predicting and identifying the development of a tornado far more effective. However, once the prediction is made or an actual tornado is identified, the responsibility falls on every individual to be prepared to respond appropriately for his or her own safety and well-being.
It’s 2:00 a.m. The alarm company just called with a power failure at your restaurant. What you do next depends on your emergency plan. Business emergencies can take many forms such as fires, tornadoes, robberies, etc. Having an emergency plan in place will allow your business to react quickly to minimize the impact of the emergency. This in turn will save you time, money, and possibly even save lives.
Building an Emergency Plan
To build an emergency plan, you should focus on the four phases of emergency management which are mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. An Emergency Plan should have laid out instructions that can be developed and implemented for emergency situations. One of the biggest risks for businesses is the potential loss of day-to-day operations and loss of income. (more…)