Summer is here and with it comes the potential for storms, tornadoes, fires, and floods. Make sure your facility has a plan of action to follow to protect your facility and its occupants in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. The actions taken in the first minutes of an emergency are critical and prompt warnings for evacuation or lockdown can save lives. Many facilities have an emergency response manual that outlines exit locations, storm shelters and other procedures. However, below are some actions you can take to make your plan is complete.
Have a Designated Employee
Most companies benefit from designating an employee that is the emergency response contact. This person is often responsible for providing a full and accurate description when talking to a dispatcher in the event of an emergency. This person should also be trained to administer first aid, CPR, and have expert knowledge of building and process systems to help control a leak and minimize damage to the facility and the environment.
Emergency Supply Kit
If your facility does not contain an accessible emergency supply kit, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a comprehensive list located at http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/disasters/ that you can devise for your facility and keep in a designated and protected area. This kit is beneficial in many emergency situations when access to light, power, clean water and other necessities are not available.
If your company does not have an official document containing emergency response procedures, there are many resources available to help you develop one. The Department of Homeland Security at www.ready.gov has many published worksheets, risk assessments and other documents to help you build a plan. The site also contains valuable information on floodplains, building codes and earthquake management plans for your facility.
Mid-America Contractors can help you develop a safe facility by adding a storm shelter, repairing that leaky roof that could collapse during the next heavy rainfall, or help with any emergency repair. For more information, contact us today!