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Fall Emergency Preparedness Tips for Your Business

Fall Emergency Preparedness Tips for Your Business

Fall yields plenty of fun activities and celebrations, from picking apples at your local orchard to eating delicious turkey at Thanksgiving dinner. However, this season can also bring some unpleasant weather conditions like droughts, floods, fog, hurricanes, solar flares, wildfires, wind and winter storms. A vital part of running a facility is implementing a business emergency preparedness plan. But does your place of business have a strategy that accommodates each season? Here are some tips so you can handle anything that autumn throws your way.

 

1. Check the weather on a daily basis. In this day and age, checking the forecast only takes a couple of clicks on your phone or computer. During fall (and any time of year for that matter), be sure to stay on the lookout for any weather conditions that may be heading your way. This routine can aid in combatting the unpredictability of Mother Nature.

Pro tip: Try downloading an online feature or app on your phone or computer that provides more than just a five day forecast. There are plenty of technological tools that can alert you if any severe weather conditions are approaching. Some downloads can even issue warnings before the National Weather Service. For example, The American Red Cross provides free apps specifically geared toward certain severe conditions such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

2. Restock the emergency supplies. Ensure that you have all the resources needed during a severe weather conditions. Stock up on emergency preparedness supplies, including anything from flood barrier systems to temporary emergency shelters and more.

Each place of business requires emergency equipment based on the building itself, however, every facility should have disaster supply kits and general first aid kits for safety. Make sure you have the right amount to accommodate all of your personnel.

3. Map out your plan. Obtaining emergency preparedness requires more than just checking the forecast or filling the supply cabinet with kits. Not only does your place of business need a plan, but everyone needs to know the drill. Here are some things to consider when constructing a plan for severe weather conditions:

  • Where your employees will go in case of an emergency
  • Plotted evacuation routes
  • Who is in charge
  • A procedure to account for all personnel
  • Plan for communication
  • A backup communication plan (just in case)

The work doesn’t stop after you’ve created the plan. Compose documents and outlines that can be distributed to all of your employees. By keeping every individual informed, it facilitates the most effective response in the case of an emergency.

Keep in mind that implementation is just as important as your business emergency plan itself. Be sure to schedule routine drills for all the different kinds of weather conditions and threats. Practice, does in fact, make perfect. With regular testing, it’s easier to determine if any gaps need to be filled or procedures need to be changed. Plus, it makes your employees familiar with the protocol, which will protect them from hazards fall weather may bring.

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/index.html

http://www.accuweather.com/en/outdoor-articles/outdoor-living/free-smartphoneapps-can-be-li/13927022

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/fall_safety.html

http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/safety-at-home-emergencypreparedness.aspx

Pub. 8/2017
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