Every organization may face the risk that a natural or man-made disaster at one time or another. This disruption could severely halt normal operations and even threaten the viability of your product or service. Fires, floods, earthquakes, thefts and terrorism are all potential threats to a business.
However, if you have a disaster recovery plan to deal with such threats then you are one step ahead.
Here is an important objective to consider.
Employee safety. Some disasters create the need for medical assistance. As a result, some planning considerations to ensure employee safety may include:
First aid kits – Have one or more easily accessible kits on hand.
Trained staff – Have one or more employees trained in basic first aid procedures and CPR for the adult, child, and infant as well as the use of the AED.
Getting assistance – Ensure that phone numbers and locations of doctors, hospitals and ambulance services are easily accessible.
Evacuation plan – Have an emergency escape route so that everyone knows how to leave your business in the event of a disaster. In addition, it is also constructive to establish a meeting location to ensure everyone is evacuated safely.
In times of emergency, some organizations are better prepared and are able to handle adversity well. However, other are not. Be proactive and ensure your company is prepared.
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.