Emergency Management News

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Preparing Your Business for Emergencies #OKready #Open4Business

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There are many ways business owners can prepare their organizations for emergencies. The Ready Campaign can assist entrepreneurs in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards. The five steps in developing a preparedness program are Program ManagementPlanning,ImplementationTesting and Exercises, and Program Improvement.

For example, your business’ program management plan should include short and long-term objectives that protect the safety of employees, visitors, contractors and others at risk from hazards at the facility. The objectives of a preparedness program include:  
  • Establish a program committee that includes wide participation from your company;
  • Conduct a business impact analysis to identify the operational and financial impacts from an interruption or disruption of your business;
  • Protect the safety of your employees by developing evacuation, sheltering and lockdown plans. Conduct employee training and drills;
  • Upgrade the protection of the facility by installing a fire sprinkler system; and
  • Build a culture of preparedness in the workplace and encourage employees to have a plan at home.
Visit ready.gov/business for more information on how you can prepare your business for an emergency. You can also check out the Prepare Your Organization playbooks from America’s PrepareAthon! Find a playbook for each of the campaign’s featured hazards on page 2 when you click on the link.

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