Why Does your Business Need Emergency Response Planning?
The world is not lacking in surprises. In 2020, the world has been full of unwelcome surprises that many were not prepared for. The outbreak of a pandemic and spreading wildfires in the Australian bush are but two. Now, it seems like emergency response planning isn’t for the ‘ifs,’ it’s for the ‘whens.’
This article is going to give you six key reasons your business needs to have a plan for responding to emergencies.
- Shows that You’re Committed to Safety
No one wants to work for an employer who doesn’t care about their well-being. While staff may groan about having to run through a preparedness drill, it shows that you care and are a competent leader.
- Regulatory Compliance
Having an emergency preparedness plan in place means you’re more likely to be surpassing industry safety-compliance standards. This means you can avoid heavy fines and the loss of reputation that comes with being in violation of safety codes.
- It’s Far Easier Than It Used to Be
A decade or so ago it was much more difficult to keep an emergency response plan updated. Paper copies of evacuation plans might get lost or training would become too expensive. Now, staff training is much more straightforward, and the materials you need are much cheaper than they used to be.
Your emergency supplies should include a generator—blackouts and natural disasters could potentially leave your business without electricity for days or even weeks. Your business will need to continue operating as much as possible in this time, and a diesel-fueled generator can provide power for months.
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- Standardization Saves Lives
By having a streamlined plan that is company-wide you help ensure that everyone is on the same page. Should an emergency arise, it will ensure that all staff are versed in evacuation procedures, head counts and so on.
Having a standardized plan will also help you, should you choose to scale your business to another location. With a standardized plan already in place you’ll likely only need to make a few building-specific tweaks.
- Employees are Assets
Some business owners forget that their employees are their best assets (their best ones, too). Not only do your employees deserve to be treated right, but they can also be instrumental to the success of an emergency response plan.
The right training can ensure that key members of staff are prepared, and team building exercises are a great way to kill two birds with one stone. First, you encourage interactivity in the office, which in turn increases productivity. Secondly, you help ensure your employees are a unified team who will work together in the event of an emergency.
As you can see, emergency response planning is essential for your business. It safeguards your staff and your workplace from severe danger, and it also helps mitigate safety risks and hazards which could prove to be expensive if left ignored.