No matter what setting you’re in; developing an action plan is critical to the safety of your family, friends, employees, co-workers and customers. If you’re a business owner – they’re required by law and your insurance company.
The core purpose of any good plan is to make sure that people know what to do in the event of an emergency. Even if they don’t know precisely what to do in the moment – having a plan in place where they know where to go and who to ask can help save lives. Not having a coherent plan could potentially result in disaster.
This week, we’re going to discuss some of the things you should be thinking about when it comes to developing your own emergency action plan.
At first, developing an emergency action plan can seem a little daunting and overwhelming – and in some cases, can be a little scary. It’s hard to plan for every potential emergency out there, but do your best to try and plan out and forecast out situations that could possibly occur. It should include fire emergencies, power outages, and severe weather. Also factor in injured persons, leaks, unresponsive persons, gas leaks, intruder alerts and the like.
Just remember this: It is better to be over-planned than under-planned. Don’t be afraid to talk to experts in various fields to find out what things you should include or have them offer feedback.
Annual trainings need to be a part of every successful plan. Yes, employees will roll their eyes and yes, it’ll be a few hours of non-productivity, but think of this as an investment in your business and your employees’ safety. Trust us when we tell you that when the worst happens – you (and they) will be glad you did.
Fight vs. Flight
The most understated and yet most necessary part of an emergency action plan is your ability to illustrate fight vs. flight moments. That moment where the employee will need to know when to fight a fire and address a situation – or go seek help or move towards safety. There are times where fighting a fire is beneficial to savings lives and property. There are others where the risk is too large to stay and fight. At the end of the day, there isn’t always a right or wrong answer, but having a professional come in and illustrate these moments is essential to any emergency action plan. That way, people will be able to make the best judgement call possible.
There are numerous advantages to developing an emergency action plan – but your plan will only be as good as it’s designed to be. Utilizing experts can make a big difference in your plan’s quality. If you’d like help putting an emergency action plan together, give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!