What is an emergency response plan?

 In Workplace Safety

Every business owner should implement an emergency response plan.

Why?

First, imagine a few nightmare scenarios:

A tornado has touched down mere miles from your warehouse or manufacturing plant.

A train has derailed nearby, releasing a toxic cloud of chemicals into the air.

An armed and dangerous suspect has hidden somewhere in the area, and police have ordered a lockdown of all homes and businesses.

A delivery driver accidentally drives through the corner of your building, creating extensive damage and structural instability – not to mention a gaping, unsecured hole in the side of your facility.

Now answer these questions: Are you and your employees prepared for any of these situations? How many nightmare scenarios can you imagine? Are you prepared for those?

Preparation

Some of these hypotheticals may appear far-fetched — but they are absolutely within the realm of possibility, no matter how unlikely they may seem. It will only make matters worse if, as a business or property owner, you don’t realize you’re ill-prepared for an emergency situation until you’re already smack-dab in the middle of it.

With no emergency response plan in place, business owners will be forced to rely on untrained and unprepared employees to improvise in the midst of emergency while remaining calm and collected through it all.

That’s not just unrealistic — it’s a recipe for disaster.

An emergency response plan will allow you some peace of mind knowing that, should there ever be an actual emergency, you’ve prepared yourself and your employees to act methodically and efficiently in order to protect your business, those same employees and the facility itself.

You know that old saying about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure? Well, think of an emergency response plan as your ounce of prevention.

What is an emergency response plan?

“The actions taken in the initial minutes of an emergency are critical,” reads the intro to a robust and informative “Emergency Response Plan” page at Ready.gov.

Many of our neighbors and fellow citizens train for years to be able to handle themselves professionally in emergency situations. The idea that we, as mere untrained mortals — that is to say, we who are not first responders — will be able to think of things on the fly during a truly serious emergency is, to put it bluntly, foolish. A business without an emergency response plan puts everyone at risk — employees, contractors, guests, passersby.

Consider for a moment how many things can go wrong in an emergency — how many moving parts and heavy equipment there are in your facility; doors and windows susceptible to damage; production lines or conveyor systems that could be thrown off track. These are just a few examples of things that can pose threats to life and limb — not to mention the facility itself.

An emergency response plan is the best way to prepare for unforeseen situations. With awareness, training and practice, it will provide a guideline for you and your employees, as well as a backbone of operations for even the most tumultuous events.

We’ll go into more detail on how to construct an adequate emergency response plan in a future blog post — but for now, it’s probably a good idea to review the recommendations at Ready.gov.

Storee Construction

For decades, Storee Construction of Springfield, Missouri, has provided industrial solutions and facilities contractor services for many large companies. Our ability to provide the widest range of services — and to remain on-site to manage any issues that may arise, is unmatched in the industry.

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