The importance of workplace preparedness is growing. Businesses can be crippled by natural disasters, technological crises, and the terrorism. So what can you do?
Assess the risks your workplace faces.
- Make a plan that encompasses a variety of possible disaster scenarios. For instance, you may need to evacuate or shelter in place (plan for up to 3 days).
- Write your plan down, distribute it to and discuss it with all employees.
- Create a communications plan to communicate with employees at work, home, or off-site. You will want to multiple ways to communicate, including work extension, home, cell, and pager numbers. Carry a copy with you.
Have experts critique your plan and revise it as necessary. The Monroe County Emergency Management Department can help with your preparedness planning. Call (734) 240-3135 to request assistance.
- Establish regular drills to practice your plan so that enacting it becomes automatic.
- Review and revise your plan on a regular schedule to keep it updated.
Here are some additional resources to help you make your workplace safer: